Radiation dose creep lands on ECRI list of healthcare hazards November 25, 2014 -- The threat to patients of radiation dose creep -- in which dose slowly rises over time in digital x-ray studies -- landed on a list of healthcare hazards issued annually by nonprofit research organization ECRI Institute. Fortunately, new tools are becoming available to help facilities deal with the phenomenon.
Straight Talk From the PACSman: Extending your existing PACS November 25, 2014 -- Anyone who was raised by Depression-era parents like I was can probably relate to the statement, "If you can't buy new, then you make do." That's also the new mantra for PACS: Facilities must maximize the life and performance of their existing systems while minimizing financial, technical, and operational resources.
Dutch researchers develop device to ease mammo discomfort November 25, 2014 -- Dutch researchers have developed a new mammography paddle that they believe will ease the compression discomfort that patients experience during mammography exams, according to a study to be presented at the upcoming RSNA 2014 meeting.
Nonphysician providers order more imaging exams November 24, 2014 -- Nonphysician healthcare staff, such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants, are 30% more likely than primary care physicians to order imaging exams for patients, concludes a new study published online Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Payment cuts drive MRI to hospital outpatient setting November 24, 2014 -- The number of MRI scans performed in hospital outpatient imaging departments has surpassed the amount performed in private offices. The change is due in part to reimbursement cuts that have made private-office MRI considerably less economically viable, according to a study published online November 15 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Tips for coding percutaneous image-guided fluid collection November 24, 2014 -- There has been some confusion lately regarding several recent CPT codes added by the American Medical Association for percutaneous image-guided fluid collection. In his latest column, Jeff Majchrzak of Panacea Healthcare Solutions provides guidance for how to code these new procedures.
ABUS plus mammo boosts cancer detection rate by more than 30% November 21, 2014 -- Adding automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) to mammography for breast cancer screening increases the detection rate of invasive cancers by more than 30%, according to a study by Dr. Rachel Brem that has been published in Radiology.
3D printing from MRI untangles congenital heart surgery November 21, 2014 -- Taking cardiac MR images and turning them into 3D prints of the entire heart has gone from experiment to clinical use in Peoria, IL. It is helping doctors there plan complex congenital heart surgeries in young children, according to a presentation at the American Heart Association annual meeting in Chicago.
MRI may hurt patients with cochlear implants November 21, 2014 -- South Korean researchers are sending out a warning about the use of MRI in patients with cochlear implants after discovering that the strong electromagnetic field from 1.5- and 3-tesla scanners could cause pain and discomfort, as well as displacement of the cochlear implant magnet.
Lung cancer screening with CT: Now what? November 20, 2014 -- Medicare payments have been approved for CT lung cancer screening. But what happens now? For radiologists, screening for lung cancer is every bit as challenging now as it was two weeks ago, and for all its benefits, it's a service that is not expected to be anybody's profit center, lung cancer experts told AuntMinnie.com.
Korean firm eyes mobile device-powered ultrasound November 20, 2014 -- It seems like you can do anything with your smartphone these days. How about using it as a portable ultrasound scanner? South Korean start-up Healcerion wants to make that a reality with Sonon, a portable ultrasound system that runs on Android or iOS mobile devices.
Mobile ultrasound brings care to rural areas in Morocco November 19, 2014 -- It was a heartbreaking story, but it could have been even more tragic were it not for the Mobile Ultrasound Patrol in Morocco. After being given an ultrasound in her rural village, a young woman in pain -- unaware that she was pregnant -- was found to be carrying two dead fetuses.
Myths and misinformation hold back breast screening November 19, 2014 -- Increased public awareness, better education for healthcare providers, and clear guidelines are essential if breast cancer screening is going to expand in the Middle East, according to a leading radiologist in Saudi Arabia.
MammoCoach aims to beef up radiologists' mammography skills November 19, 2014 -- How can radiologists who don't read a lot of mammograms get the practice they need? A new company wants to help: MammoCoach offers an online teaching course that allows participants to earn continuing medical education credits and improve their screening mammography skills.
Carestream brings clean slate to ultrasound market with Touch November 18, 2014 -- Carestream Health has roots in the x-ray film business, but the company sees ultrasound in its corporate future. The firm is entering the sonography market in a big way with Carestream Touch, a superpremium ultrasound system with a novel design that replaces the traditional scanner keyboard with a programmable touchscreen control panel.