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RAND study questions whether decision support really works
December 18, 2014 -- Decision support for physicians ordering imaging exams has been touted as an effective way to reduce unnecessary imaging and ensure the appropriateness of studies. However, a new report released by RAND that evaluated a Medicare demonstration project of decision support suggests it may not be as helpful as it's cracked up to be.
Nonsolid lung nodules found on CT screening harbor few cancers
December 18, 2014 -- Nonsolid nodules detected with CT lung cancer screening are often indolent, and even when they do harbor cancer, the long lead times before such nodules develop make it safe to follow them up less often, according to new long-term data presented at the RSNA 2014 meeting.
Philips targets image-guided therapy with 1.2B bid for Volcano
December 17, 2014 -- Continuing an aggressive expansion of its image-guided therapy and interventional radiology business, Philips Healthcare has inked a deal to pay $1.2 billion to acquire Volcano, a developer of intravascular ultrasound and fractional flow reserve technology.
US elastography offers clues to middle-age Achilles injury risk
December 17, 2014 -- Shear-wave ultrasound elastography studies may be able to shed light on why middle-aged adults face an increased risk of Achilles tendon injuries, according to research from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
FDA warns against keepsake fetal US, heartbeat monitors
December 16, 2014 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a consumer update to strongly discourage pregnant women from obtaining fetal keepsake ultrasound images and videos, as well as using over-the-counter Doppler fetal ultrasound heartbeat monitors.
Gamma Medica sets sights on continued progress in 2015
December 16, 2014 -- Molecular imaging developer Gamma Medica is hoping that 2015 will be a watershed year in its resurrection, some 21 months after emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company has refreshed its technology and is building its installed base as it regains its footing.
CT ties emphysema to mortality, independent of other risks
December 15, 2014 -- CT scans show that people with emphysema are at risk of earlier death than those without the disease, even if they have no evidence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or airflow obstruction, according to a study published on Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Tomosynthesis classifies breast lesions more accurately
December 15, 2014 -- Adding digital breast tomosynthesis to digital mammography for screening appears to have many benefits, including greater sensitivity in dense breast tissue and fewer recalls. But the technology also classifies noncalcified breast lesions more accurately in the diagnostic setting, according to research presented at RSNA 2014.
Study confirms imaging's shift from offices to hospitals
December 12, 2014 -- As policymakers attempt to curb healthcare costs, the use of advanced imaging -- MR, nuclear medicine, and CT -- has been shifting from private offices to hospital outpatient departments. So how might this trend affect patients?
Top 5 trends from RSNA 2014 in Chicago
December 11, 2014 -- With RSNA 2014 in the books, now is a good time to look back on the Chicago meeting to identify the major trends affecting radiology. Top stories circulating the halls of McCormick Place included the meeting's 100th anniversary, as well as CT lung cancer screening and the rise of enterprise imaging.
Use of short-course whole-breast irradiation after surgery increases
December 11, 2014 -- The use of short-course whole-breast irradiation after breast-conserving surgery increased among women with early-stage breast cancer between 2008 and 2013, according to a study published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association. But its use still remains lower in the U.S. than in other countries.
Many referring physicians favor multimedia radiology reports
December 10, 2014 -- Not only do referring physicians prefer interactive multimedia radiology reports over traditional text-based reports, they are more inclined to refer their patients to facilities that provide them, according to a poster presentation at last week's RSNA 2014 meeting in Chicago.
ACR asks CMS to revise CT lung cancer screening guidelines
December 10, 2014 -- The American College of Radiology (ACR) is one of a group of organizations asking the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to revise its proposed guidelines for low-dose CT lung cancer screening to increase the number of individuals eligible for Medicare payment for the scans.
AIM: Breast density follow-up may not be cost-effective
December 8, 2014 -- In what could be a blow to the growing breast density notification movement, a new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine has found that following up women with dense breast tissue using supplemental screening ultrasound results in only limited health gains and higher healthcare costs.
Coronary CTA plus stress MPI nails ischemia-causing lesions
December 8, 2014 -- Combined dual-energy coronary CT angiography and CT myocardial perfusion imaging (CCTA-MPI) improves both the identification and discrimination of ischemia-causing coronary artery stenoses over CCTA alone, according to a Korean study presented at last week's RSNA meeting.
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