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Image-guided liver biopsy is safe, but not risk-free
February 11, 2016 -- While major adverse events from liver biopsy guided by ultrasound or CT are extremely rare, variables such as the patient's platelet count can increase the risk for hematoma from the procedure by as much as fourfold, according to a large retrospective analysis performed at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.
Radiologists prefer optical colonoscopy over CTC
February 11, 2016 -- Citing the certainty provided by conventional optical colonoscopy results, a majority of radiologists would choose it over CT colonography (CTC) for their own colorectal cancer screening, according to the results of a small survey reported in the February American Journal of Roentgenology.
Smokers ineligible for screening have same lung cancer rate
February 10, 2016 -- Long-term smokers who are at high risk for lung cancer but don't qualify for CT screening under the strict guidelines of the National Lung Screening Trial nevertheless have the same rate of cancers as those who do qualify, concludes a study in the February Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Is visual or automated analysis best to assess Alzheimer's?
February 10, 2016 -- Should visual or automated analysis be used with PET imaging to predict a person's progression from mild cognitive impairment to dementia due to Alzheimer's, based on a two-year follow-up evaluation? It could depend on the radiotracer involved.
New program helps radiologists come out of the dark
February 9, 2016 -- As medicine continues to promote more valued-based outcomes, radiologists are being asked to take more active roles in patient care. A new program at UMass Memorial Medical Center is helping radiologists come out of their reading rooms to better connect with patients.
Interventional radiology sees many code changes in 2016
February 9, 2016 -- Compliance with changes for the coding of interventional radiology procedures made by the American Medical Association and the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for 2016 may be a challenge for some radiologists and coding professionals, according to this article by Donna Richmond of Panacea Healthcare Solutions.
Medicare to cut analog x-ray payments starting in 2017
February 8, 2016 -- As part of a push to nudge U.S. healthcare providers to adopt digital radiography, the Medicare system will begin reducing payments for exams performed on analog x-ray systems starting in 2017. The year after that, sites using computed radiography equipment will also see payment reductions.
U.K. software assesses radiographers who read images
February 8, 2016 -- In the U.S., the interpretation of medical images has long been considered the purview of radiologists. But things are different across the Atlantic Ocean, particularly in the U.K., where radiographers are being called on to interpret images in some situations. The question is, how well are they doing?
Male breast masses require careful investigation
February 8, 2016 -- It's essential to remember male breasts are not unique, with imaging features that are similar to those of the female breast. Use your knowledge of the female breast and apply it with a higher level of suspicion in the male breast, said researchers in Saudi Arabia and Canada.
CIOs must work magic when dealing with enterprise PACS
February 5, 2016 -- CIOs don't have to be miracle workers to master enterprise PACS for their institutions, but being able to work a little magic might help. In this article, Michael J. Cannavo, aka the PACSman, offers his advice to CIOs who are bringing PACS into their overall healthcare IT strategy.
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