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Payment cuts drive MRI to hospital outpatient setting
November 24, 2014 -- The number of MRI scans performed in hospital outpatient imaging departments has surpassed the amount performed in private offices. The change is due in part to reimbursement cuts that have made private-office MRI considerably less economically viable, according to a study published online November 15 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Tips for coding percutaneous image-guided fluid collection
November 24, 2014 -- There has been some confusion lately regarding several recent CPT codes added by the American Medical Association for percutaneous image-guided fluid collection. In his latest column, Jeff Majchrzak of Panacea Healthcare Solutions provides guidance for how to code these new procedures.
ABUS plus mammo boosts cancer detection rate by more than 30%
November 21, 2014 -- Adding automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) to mammography for breast cancer screening increases the detection rate of invasive cancers by more than 30%, according to a study by Dr. Rachel Brem that has been published in Radiology.
3D printing from MRI untangles congenital heart surgery
November 21, 2014 -- Taking cardiac MR images and turning them into 3D prints of the entire heart has gone from experiment to clinical use in Peoria, IL. It is helping doctors there plan complex congenital heart surgeries in young children, according to a November 19 presentation at the American Heart Association annual meeting in Chicago.
MRI may hurt patients with cochlear implants
November 21, 2014 -- South Korean researchers are sending out a warning about the use of MRI in patients with cochlear implants after discovering that the strong electromagnetic field from 1.5- and 3-tesla scanners could cause pain and discomfort, as well as displacement of the cochlear implant magnet.
Lung cancer screening with CT: Now what?
November 20, 2014 -- Medicare payments have been approved for CT lung cancer screening. But what happens now? For radiologists, screening for lung cancer is every bit as challenging now as it was two weeks ago, and for all its benefits, it's a service that is not expected to be anybody's profit center, lung cancer experts told AuntMinnie.com.
Korean firm eyes mobile device-powered ultrasound
November 20, 2014 -- It seems like you can do anything with your smartphone these days. How about using it as a portable ultrasound scanner? South Korean start-up Healcerion wants to make that a reality with Sonon, a portable ultrasound system that runs on Android or iOS mobile devices.
Mobile ultrasound brings care to rural areas in Morocco
November 19, 2014 -- It was a heartbreaking story, but it could have been even more tragic were it not for the Mobile Ultrasound Patrol in Morocco. After being given an ultrasound in her rural village, a young woman in pain -- unaware that she was pregnant -- was found to be carrying two dead fetuses.
Myths and misinformation hold back breast screening
November 19, 2014 -- Increased public awareness, better education for healthcare providers, and clear guidelines are essential if breast cancer screening is going to expand in the Middle East, according to a leading radiologist in Saudi Arabia.
MammoCoach aims to beef up radiologists' mammography skills
November 19, 2014 -- How can radiologists who don't read a lot of mammograms get the practice they need? A new company wants to help: MammoCoach offers an online teaching course that allows participants to earn continuing medical education credits and improve their screening mammography skills.
Carestream brings clean slate to ultrasound market with Touch
November 18, 2014 -- Carestream Health has roots in the x-ray film business, but the company sees ultrasound in its corporate future. The firm is entering the sonography market in a big way with Carestream Touch, a superpremium ultrasound system with a novel design that replaces the traditional scanner keyboard with a programmable touchscreen control panel.
Report outlines how radiology departments can prepare for Ebola
November 18, 2014 -- Radiologists from the U.S. National Institutes of Health and Emory University have outlined a series of recommendations in a special report published online November 18 in Radiology to help radiology departments and imaging facilities prepare for Ebola patients.
JAMA: Routine CCTA scans of diabetics not warranted
November 17, 2014 -- Research being presented at this week's American Heart Association conference found that routine screening of asymptomatic diabetic patients with coronary CT angiography (CCTA) is not warranted for preventing death from coronary artery disease. The study is also being published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Constant change characterizes RSNA's first 100 years
November 17, 2014 -- This month sees the 100th RSNA meeting, but the pace of change has been particularly rapid during the past three decades. Today's industrial landscape is entirely different, radiology has gone digital and global, and the leading modalities have developed and matured.
'Virtual Finger' points to better use of 3D volumes
November 17, 2014 -- Developers of an advanced visualization algorithm known as Virtual Finger are hoping to revolutionize the tedious and slow process of exploring 3D image content. While the algorithm is currently being employed for nonmedical applications, its developers believe it could be used clinically in the near future.
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