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Coronary calcium CT scans predict mortality
July 7, 2015 -- A simple coronary calcium CT scan can be used to predict death in asymptomatic individuals for as long as 15 years after the scan, according to a new study of nearly 10,000 people, published in the July 7 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
MRI ties small brain lesions to risk of stroke, death
July 7, 2015 -- Asymptomatic patients may have triple the risk of stroke and death if they have brain lesions smaller than 3 mm on 1.5-tesla MRI, a new study concludes. Furthermore, if the patients also have lesions 3 mm or larger, they may face an eightfold increase in stroke risk.
New study again questions screening mammography
July 6, 2015 -- A new research study published online July 6 in JAMA Internal Medicine is again questioning the effectiveness of widespread breast screening. Mammography screening of the general U.S. population mostly just produces overdiagnosis, with no measurable effect on mortality, according to the researchers.
MICI Q3: No cracks in radiology administrator sentiment
July 6, 2015 -- There appears to be a solid floor undergirding the recent strain of optimism among radiology administrators, according to third-quarter numbers from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI). Administrator sentiment remains positive across multiple MICI segments.
How your group can keep its hospital contract
July 2, 2015 -- It's a brave new healthcare world out there, and radiology groups can be hard-pressed to prove that they offer significant value to the hospitals they serve. So how can a practice develop and sustain healthy hospital contracts? Dr. Syed Zaidi shared some answers with AuntMinnie.com.
Lung x-rays predict mortality in MERS patients
July 2, 2015 -- A new study of Saudi Arabian patients with Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) found that a simple method of scoring pathology on lung radiographs can be used to predict which patients are at risk of dying, according to an article in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
CMS proposal could lead to more code bundling in 2016
July 2, 2015 -- Radiology could be in store for more code bundling next year, if a proposed 2016 rule issued on July 1 by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System is any indication. CMS is proposing to continue its restructuring of Medicare codes, and radiology is among its targets.
Does low-level radiation really cause cancer?
July 2, 2015 -- The scientific theory that links low levels of radiation to cancer incidence is deeply flawed and cannot be used as a model to predict excess cancer incidence, researchers argue in a paper published in Technology in Cancer Research and Treatment.
Ultrasound helps fine-tune management of arthritis
July 1, 2015 -- Ultrasound can be used to identify subclinical disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis patients in remission, enabling them to benefit from more-intensive treatment, according to research presented recently at the European League Against Rheumatism annual congress in Rome.
Animal study raises concern over gadolinium contrast agent
June 30, 2015 -- A new animal study published online June 22 in Investigative Radiology has linked one class of gadolinium-based contrast agents to increased deposits of the element in the brains of rats, highlighting recent safety concerns about the use of the MRI contrast medium.
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