3D printing's legal landscape remains wild, untamed April 25, 2017 -- Many of the qualities that make 3D printing such an exciting field are the same ones that create a perilous legal environment for the industry, according to experts at last week's 3DHeals conference. From patent protections to product liability, 3D printing's sparse legal track record and unique manufacturing processes raise issues that lack clear answers.
How do high-deductible health plans affect radiology? April 24, 2017 -- The rise of high-deductible health plans is creating new challenges for imaging facilities, according to Carin Carlson of Healthcare Administrative Partners. Patient collections are once again becoming an important activity, and there are winners and losers under the new structure.
3DHeals: 3D printing start-ups demand skill, persistence April 21, 2017 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Start-ups are hard enough in any field, but medical device start-ups -- including 3D printing hopefuls -- require extra helpings of dedication and persistence to succeed, according to experts speaking April 20 at the 3DHeals 2017 conference.
MedPAC: Imaging still high on low-value service list April 21, 2017 -- Despite the slowdown in imaging utilization growth over the past 10 years, not everyone is satisfied. In fact, at a recent meeting of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), imaging figured prominently in a presentation that assessed the number and cost of low-value medical services.
Shear-wave elastography spots Achilles tendinopathy April 20, 2017 -- Shear-wave elastography is sensitive and specific for detecting injuries to the Achilles tendon, and it can serve as a more objective method than other imaging modalities for diagnosis and treatment, according to research from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
Lung-RADS category 4X helps diagnose lung cancer April 20, 2017 -- The addition of category 4X lesions in the Lung CT Screening Reporting and Data System (Lung-RADS) imaging scheme adds value and increases malignancy yields among experienced radiologists, according to a study in Radiology. The 4X nodules turn out to be malignant in half of cases.
PET plays key role in preventive Alzheimer's study April 19, 2017 -- With projections that the number of people living with Alzheimer's disease in the U.S. could more than triple by the year 2050, 65 research institutions are collaborating on a clinical trial using PET scans to identify the disease in its earliest stages, as well as guide the use of potential therapeutic agents.
5-minute shoulder MRI could ease patient anxiety April 19, 2017 -- By taking advantage of parallel imaging on the latest generation of 1.5- and 3-tesla scanners, researchers have devised a quick five-minute shoulder MRI protocol that still produces diagnostic-quality images, according to a study in the April issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Should ultrasound replace CT for asymptomatic hematuria? April 18, 2017 -- The combination of renal ultrasound and cystoscopy is the most cost-effective strategy for evaluating patients with asymptomatic microscopic hematuria, potentially saving hundreds of millions of dollars compared with CT and cystoscopy, according to research published online April 17 in JAMA Internal Medicine.