RADIOLOGY NEWS
NEJM: MRI links brain swelling and cerebral malaria deaths
April 17, 2015 -- After three decades of dedication to the care and treatment of children in Malawi who have cerebral malaria, a group of researchers from around the globe for the first time confirmed that brain swelling is the primary reason why some patients die within days from the condition.
Defining mammography skill depends on how it's measured
April 17, 2015 -- Screening mammography's benefits have been shown in clinical trials, but the full potential of the technology depends on the interpretive skills of the individual radiologists who read the exams, according to a new study published in the April issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
UC Davis group wins CT lung nodule surveillance grant
April 17, 2015 -- Researchers from the University of California, Davis have received $2.3 million to run a new study aimed at improving surveillance practices for patients with small, low-risk lung nodules. The 26-center project will begin June 1.
NY radiologist arrested on prescription drug charges
April 16, 2015 -- A radiologist in western New York state has been arrested on charges that he allegedly distributed prescription drugs such as oxycodone and hydrocodone to several acquaintances between 2010 and 2014. Dr. Albert R. Cowie of Diagnostic Imaging Assoc. in Amherst faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
CT technique enables single-kidney GFR calculation
April 16, 2015 -- Improvements in CT hardware and software are enabling clinicians to measure glomerular filtration rate (GFR) in a single kidney, an advancement that replaces less accurate options and permits a range of useful new diagnostic tools, according to researchers writing in Radiology.
MICI Q2: Radiology administrator sentiment stays strong
April 16, 2015 -- Radiology administrators remain optimistic about their future business prospects, according to second-quarter numbers from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI). Administrator sentiment was strong in most MICI categories, continuing a trend seen in previous surveys.
Senate passes bill repealing Medicare's SGR formula
April 15, 2015 -- The U.S. Senate on April 14 passed legislation that permanently repeals Medicare's sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula in a final vote of 92 to 8, just hours before a 21% cut in physician payments under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule would have been implemented.
Researchers use MRI to watch finger joints crack
April 15, 2015 -- Joint cracking in the fingers appears to be caused by the rapid formation of a gas-filled cavity in the joints' synovial fluid, rather than the collapse of pre-existing bubbles of air as the joints separate, according to a new study in PLOS One that used static and real-time MRI.
HIMSS: Mobile technologies bring promise but mixed results
April 15, 2015 -- CHICAGO - Healthcare organizations are increasingly using mobile technologies to engage with patients, but those efforts haven't always been effective, according to results from the 2015 HIMSS Mobile Technology Survey presented at this week's Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting.
HIMSS: Preparation, planning spark enterprise imaging success
April 14, 2015 -- CHICAGO - The path to enterprise imaging is a seven-phase process that begins with ignorance and ends -- hopefully -- with success, according to a presentation on Monday at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual meeting.
Teleradiology prompts shift in use of after-hours ultrasound
April 14, 2015 -- Researchers in France found that concerns over who would perform after-hours emergency ultrasound scans shouldn't be a roadblock for hospitals that want to implement an overnight teleradiology service. They found that all but 14% of scans could either be replaced or postponed.
HIMSS: IT professionals target patient engagement
April 13, 2015 -- CHICAGO - Healthcare IT professionals are prioritizing IT activities geared toward patient engagement, according to the 26th annual HIMSS Leadership Survey released on Monday at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual meeting.
CMS provides questionable coding 'advice' for DBT studies
April 13, 2015 -- Revisions to 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule payment policies include a surprising billing guideline from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) related to digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT). Donna Richmond from Panacea Healthcare Solutions offers some guidance.
Half of positive SPECT patients negative at CCTA
April 13, 2015 -- Nearly half of all patients who test positive on SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging are found to be negative at coronary CT angiography (CCTA), calling into question the routine use of SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging, a test that has been a mainstay of the diagnostic workup of patients with a clinical suspicion of coronary artery disease.
Medical quality reporting can affect radiology reimbursement
April 10, 2015 -- The stage is set for a new era of Medicare payment modification based on data that measure the quality of work by physicians. In this article, Carin Carlson of Healthcare Administrative Partners takes a look at what can be done now to prepare your radiology practice and maximize Medicare reimbursement for 2017.
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