RADIOLOGY NEWS
ARRS: Patient consults improve care, raise radiology profile
April 21, 2015 -- TORONTO - Face-to-face consultations between radiologists and patients may improve the health of patients, as well as the visibility of radiologists, according to a presentation at the annual American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) meeting.
Dr. Daniel Kopans: On the draft USPSTF guidelines for breast screening
April 21, 2015 -- In this Second Opinion article, Dr. Daniel Kopans offers his perspective on the release this week of new guidelines on screening mammography from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force -- guidelines that he believes will restrict access to mammography.
USPSTF rejects expanded breast screening guidelines
April 20, 2015 -- In a move that is already drawing fire from breast screening proponents, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) today declined to expand its recommendation on which women should receive regular mammography screening, instead issuing a draft of new breast screening guidelines that largely hew to its more conservative guidance from 2009.
ARRS: Debate rages over Canadian breast screening trial
April 20, 2015 -- TORONTO - A controversial Canadian study on screening mammography was the subject of a spirited debate on April 19 at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) annual meeting. The discussion included two researchers who participated in the study and who defended its claim that screening mammography produced no major health benefit.
Super-sized display reduces dose in angio procedures
April 20, 2015 -- Could radiation dose in angiography procedures be reduced by simply using a larger display to view images? That's the suggestion of a prototype study published in the April edition of the American Journal of Roentgenology from a researcher at Johns Hopkins University.
NEJM: MRI links brain swelling and cerebral malaria deaths
April 17, 2015 -- After three decades of dedication to the care and treatment of children in Malawi who have cerebral malaria, a group of researchers from around the globe for the first time confirmed that brain swelling is the primary reason why some patients die within days from the condition.
Defining mammography skill depends on how it's measured
April 17, 2015 -- Screening mammography's benefits have been shown in clinical trials, but the full potential of the technology depends on the interpretive skills of the individual radiologists who read the exams, according to a new study published in the April issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
UC Davis group wins CT lung nodule surveillance grant
April 17, 2015 -- Researchers from the University of California, Davis have received $2.3 million to run a new study aimed at improving surveillance practices for patients with small, low-risk lung nodules. The 26-center project will begin June 1.
NY radiologist arrested on prescription drug charges
April 16, 2015 -- A radiologist in western New York state has been arrested on charges that he allegedly distributed prescription drugs such as oxycodone and hydrocodone to several acquaintances between 2010 and 2014. Dr. Albert R. Cowie of Diagnostic Imaging Assoc. in Amherst faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
CT technique enables single-kidney GFR calculation
April 16, 2015 -- Improvements in CT hardware and software are enabling clinicians to measure glomerular filtration rate (GFR) in a single kidney, an advancement that replaces less accurate options and permits a range of useful new diagnostic tools, according to researchers writing in Radiology.
MICI Q2: Radiology administrator sentiment stays strong
April 16, 2015 -- Radiology administrators remain optimistic about their future business prospects, according to second-quarter numbers from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI). Administrator sentiment was strong in most MICI categories, continuing a trend seen in previous surveys.
Senate passes bill repealing Medicare's SGR formula
April 15, 2015 -- The U.S. Senate on April 14 passed legislation that permanently repeals Medicare's sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula in a final vote of 92 to 8, just hours before a 21% cut in physician payments under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule would have been implemented.
Researchers use MRI to watch finger joints crack
April 15, 2015 -- Joint cracking in the fingers appears to be caused by the rapid formation of a gas-filled cavity in the joints' synovial fluid, rather than the collapse of pre-existing bubbles of air as the joints separate, according to a new study in PLOS One that used static and real-time MRI.
HIMSS: Mobile technologies bring promise but mixed results
April 15, 2015 -- CHICAGO - Healthcare organizations are increasingly using mobile technologies to engage with patients, but those efforts haven't always been effective, according to results from the 2015 HIMSS Mobile Technology Survey presented at this week's Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting.
HIMSS: Preparation, planning spark enterprise imaging success
April 14, 2015 -- CHICAGO - The path to enterprise imaging is a seven-phase process that begins with ignorance and ends -- hopefully -- with success, according to a presentation on Monday at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual meeting.
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