Do older women benefit from continued mammo screening? February 12, 2016 -- Older women appear to benefit from continued, regular mammography screening, according to a review published online in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. The finding flies in the face of recent guidance from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force that rejects screening women older than 75.
Quantitative ultrasound method stages fatty liver February 12, 2016 -- A computer-aided ultrasound technique can be used to stage liver steatosis, or fatty liver, offering high correlation with fat measurements produced from MR spectroscopy, according to a pilot study from Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
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?