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How your group can keep its hospital contract
July 2, 2015 -- It's a brave new healthcare world out there, and radiology groups can be hard-pressed to prove that they offer significant value to the hospitals they serve. So how can a practice develop and sustain healthy hospital contracts? Dr. Syed Zaidi shared some answers with AuntMinnie.com.
Lung x-rays predict mortality in MERS patients
July 2, 2015 -- A new study of Saudi Arabian patients with Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) found that a simple method of scoring pathology on lung radiographs can be used to predict which patients are at risk of dying, according to an article in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Ultrasound helps fine-tune management of arthritis
July 1, 2015 -- Ultrasound can be used to identify subclinical disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis patients in remission, enabling them to benefit from more-intensive treatment, according to research presented recently at the European League Against Rheumatism annual congress in Rome.
Animal study raises concern over gadolinium contrast agent
June 30, 2015 -- A new animal study published online June 22 in Investigative Radiology has linked one class of gadolinium-based contrast agents to increased deposits of the element in the brains of rats, highlighting recent safety concerns about the use of the MRI contrast medium.
Breast imaging at highest risk for medicolegal claims
June 30, 2015 -- It may come as no surprise, but a new study indicates that breast imaging has the highest risk of medicolegal claims compared to other medical imaging exams, at least in Australia, according to a study published online this month in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
CT radiation dose levels in clinical trial surprise researchers
June 29, 2015 -- A group of researchers studying the use of CT for kidney stones were surprised by the radiation dose levels they discovered in their multicenter clinical study. Not only were many doses too high, they also varied widely between centers, concludes a research letter published June 29 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Group creates 3D printed heart with CT, echo data
June 29, 2015 -- In what they are calling a major advance, researchers from Michigan have created a 3D model of a human heart using data from two separate cardiac imaging techniques: CT and echocardiography. They believe that such hybrid 3D models will be more accurate than those created from just one imaging modality.
CT lung CAD may require adjustment from radiologists
June 26, 2015 -- Computer-aided detection (CAD) for CT lung exams will be essential in the coming era of population-based lung cancer screening. But radiologists may have to change their way of reading studies to reap its benefits, according to a recent talk by Dr. Geoffrey Rubin from Duke University.
DTI-MRI links maternal obesity to newborn brain growth
June 26, 2015 -- Infants born to mothers who are obese display altered brain development, according to a new study in which diffusion-tensor MRI (DTI-MRI) showed reduced white-matter integrity in regions of the infants' brains that are associated with cognitive function.
Proposal would dissolve ABNM, fold functions into ABR
June 25, 2015 -- In the face of an increasingly difficult job market for nuclear medicine physicians, a proposal has been floated to dissolve the American Board of Nuclear Medicine (ABNM) and fold its functions into the American Board of Radiology (ABR). The combined organization would oversee a new, broader certification for imaging specialists.
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