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Ultrasound fusion software clears up liver biopsies
May 31, 2016 -- Software that fuses ultrasound images with MRI or CT studies can accurately guide liver biopsies for lesions that are hard to see on conventional ultrasound, yielding similar accuracy as CT-guided biopsy as well as some key benefits, according to an article in the June issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.
MRI reveals how schizophrenia may improve
May 30, 2016 -- The brains of patients with schizophrenia have the capacity to reorganize themselves and fight the disease, concludes a new MRI study of brain tissue changes published online last week in Psychological Medicine.
FDA approves Blue Earth PET agent for prostate cancer
May 27, 2016 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new PET radiopharmaceutical from Blue Earth Diagnostics for detecting recurrent prostate cancer.
Correct coding and reimbursement for hepatobiliary scans
May 27, 2016 -- What are the correct coding procedures for nuclear medicine hepatobiliary scans? If you're not sure, don't worry -- Donna Richmond from Panacea Healthcare Solutions is here to help with her latest column.
FDG-PET helps accurately assess unconscious patients
May 27, 2016 -- A group of European researchers have developed a way to use FDG-PET to measure glucose metabolism in patients with severe brain injuries to diagnose and predict when they will recover consciousness, according to study published online on 26 May in Current Biology.
3 ways radiologists can prepare for MACRA
May 26, 2016 -- Like it or not, the shift from fee-for-service to quality-based Medicare payments is on the horizon, sparked by the passage last year of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). So how can radiologists best navigate the new model?
ASNR 2016: Restored blood flow outweighs treatment time in stroke
May 26, 2016 -- For acute stroke patients, researchers have used imaging scans to demonstrate that restoring an adequate volume of blood flow to brain tissue is more important in reducing damage than how quickly the flow is restored, according to a May 25 presentation at the American Society of Neuroradiology meeting (ASNR 2016) in Washington, DC.
ASNR 2016: Race and sex affect who gets brain imaging
May 25, 2016 -- Patient factors such as race and sex influence the use of neuroimaging for stroke, according to research presented at the American Society of Neuroradiology annual meeting (ASNR 2016) in Washington, DC.
MRI, ultrasound combined best assess baseball elbow pain
May 25, 2016 -- The combination of MR arthrography and ultrasound is significantly better than either modality alone for diagnosing medial elbow pain in baseball pitchers who face the prospect of a long recuperation after surgery, according to a study in the June issue of Radiology.
All the same? Costs vary little in coronary disease tests
May 24, 2016 -- There are precious few cost differences between the main tests used to diagnose coronary artery disease in chest pain patients, concludes a new study of more than 9,000 patients published online May 24 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
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