All the same? Costs vary little in coronary disease tests May 24, 2016 -- There are precious few cost differences between the main tests used to diagnose coronary artery disease in chest pain patients, concludes a new study of more than 9,000 patients published online May 24 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
5 ways to create a culture of safety in radiology May 24, 2016 -- What must radiology do to create a culture of safety that reduces medical errors and improves radiologist performance? In this article, Dr. Nicolas Argy offers five simple steps that radiology departments can take to create an environment in which discrepant readings are identified, reported, and used as learning opportunities.
Varian to spin off Imaging Components x-ray unit May 23, 2016 -- Radiation therapy firm Varian Medical Systems has announced that it is spinning off its Imaging Components business into an independent publicly traded company that will focus on components for x-ray systems.
Ultrasound contrast can help treat heart attacks May 23, 2016 -- Ultrasound contrast agents aren't just for diagnostic use anymore. They can also be used therapeutically to help restore blood flow and salvage heart tissue in patients with one of the most serious types of heart attacks: ST-elevation myocardial infarction, according to a study published this week in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
A new strategy to profit from interventional radiology May 23, 2016 -- A confluence of trends has created a new business opportunity for interventional radiologists: profiting from the ownership of interventional radiology ambulatory surgery centers. In this article, Mark Weiss and Cecilia Kronawitter discuss this evolving new trend.
ABR to eliminate 10-year MOC recertification exam May 20, 2016 -- The American Board of Radiology (ABR) has announced plans to eliminate the maintenance of certification (MOC) exam, its controversial requirement that board-certified radiologists undergo testing every 10 years to remain credentialed.
TI-RADS guidelines shine for managing thyroid nodules May 20, 2016 -- Of the three guidelines available for assistance in managing thyroid nodules, the Thyroid Imaging Reporting and Data System (TI-RADS) guidelines may offer the best diagnostic yield for thyroid cancer, according to research from the University of California, Los Angeles.
ACR 2016: Radiation warning reduces portable x-ray use May 20, 2016 -- Requiring referring physicians to view a warning about radiation dose before ordering exams helped reduce the use of portable radiography studies at a New York City hospital, according to a study presented this week at the American College of Radiology annual meeting (ACR 2016) in Washington, DC.
CT lung cancer screening: Shortcomings and solutions May 19, 2016 -- SAN FRANCISCO - CT lung cancer screening has a bright future but also high hurdles to leap before it becomes the efficient screening test promised by the results of the National Lung Screening Trial, according to a May 17 presentation at the 2016 American Thoracic Society meeting.
MRI should be 1st choice for suspected appendicitis May 19, 2016 -- Given its high diagnostic accuracy without the use of contrast and its lack of ionizing radiation, MRI should be elevated to a first-line imaging test for patients younger than 50 who come to the emergency department with suspected acute appendicitis, according to a study published in the May issue of Radiology.