Straight Talk From the PACSman: A PACS-centric RSNA? October 21, 2016 -- It's time to change how PACS is shown at the annual RSNA meeting in Chicago, according to PACS consultant Michael J. Cannavo, aka the PACSman. Vendors and prospective purchasers alike would benefit greatly from an exhibit hall dedicated just to PACS and related imaging informatics technologies.
MICI Q4: Medicare payment outlook remains at rock bottom October 20, 2016 -- As radiology heads into the finish lap of 2016, radiology administrators remain pessimistic that they will receive adequate reimbursement from Medicare for diagnostic and interventional radiology services, according to fourth-quarter numbers from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI).
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 9: Type and screen October 20, 2016 -- In the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend, Andy has to deal with an overzealous Dr. Rankin, who's sure his patient needs an appendectomy. Fortunately, Dr. Roth is there to help.
3D/4D ultrasound matures as it shows clinical value October 19, 2016 -- Initially a technology used only by early adopters, 3D/4D ultrasound has indeed come of age, buoyed by mounting evidence of its diagnostic utility in a variety of clinical applications. Today, 3D/4D ultrasound is increasingly being used by healthcare institutions around the world.
China's medical device market shows promise despite slowdown October 19, 2016 -- The market for medical devices in China still has great potential despite a recent slowdown in the segment's growth rate, according to a new report by China MedTech Marketing (CMTM). In this article, CMTM's Owen Tang explains how a projected decline in the growth rate isn't expected to dampen enthusiasm for medical devices, due to a variety of factors.
Sonographers remain vulnerable to musculoskeletal pain October 18, 2016 -- Work-related musculoskeletal disorders still remain a bane for sonographers, if a recent survey in Sweden is any indication. However, much can be done to improve sonographer working conditions and decrease the prevalence of pain, researchers reported in a study to be published in the January 2017 issue of Applied Ergonomics.
ACR: Site surveys can cause FUD on road to accreditation October 17, 2016 -- If your imaging facility is working toward accreditation, perhaps no event causes more fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) than the validation site survey. Fortunately, Marion Boston of the American College of Radiology offers advice for surviving the survey in this new article.
Coronary CTA beats stress test for changing lifestyles October 17, 2016 -- Individuals who underwent a coronary CT angiography (CCTA) exam were more motivated to adopt a healthy lifestyle than those who received an exercise echocardiography stress test, according to new research from the University of California, Los Angeles.
CMS releases final rule on MACRA October 14, 2016 -- Healthcare providers in the U.S. are finally getting a definitive road map on how to implement provisions on value-based care in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) after the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule.