How to teach radiology trainees, junior docs, med students March 20, 2015 -- Teaching radiology is a challenging task, says Oxford professor Dr. Stephen Golding, who has decades of experience. He discusses topics such as how to keep students awake, how to avoid "death by PowerPoint," and the irreplaceable value of human interaction.
House, Senate introduce SGR repeal bills March 19, 2015 -- Inspired by a joint effort between U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the House and Senate on March 19 submitted identical bills that would repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, according to the Associated Press.
ACR, SNMMI set standards for reading PET/MRI brain scans March 19, 2015 -- The American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) have released the first in a series of requirements for physicians and clinicians interested in gaining proficiency in reading PET/MRI scans.
Image security remains 'significant global problem' March 19, 2015 -- How secure are your medical images? If you don't know the answer, you'd better find out. A recent search found that more than 700 DICOM medical image servers worldwide were fully open to outside computers that could be used to steal data.
NCoBC: 3 ways nurse navigators can reduce your malpractice risk March 18, 2015 -- More money is paid out for breast cancer claims than for any other form of medical negligence, at $297 million per year, and radiologists are involved in 43% of these claims, according to a presentation at the National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCoBC) meeting in Las Vegas. So how can a breast center manage this risk?
JAMA: Early imaging questionable for older adults with back pain March 18, 2015 -- Older adults who have spine imaging within six weeks after an initial visit for care for lower back pain were no better off the following year than similar patients who did not undergo early imaging, according to a study published in the March 17 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
ACC: PET/CT trumps SPECT for cardiac studies March 17, 2015 -- Researchers from Utah found that PET/CT is far superior to SPECT for diagnosing myocardial ischemia, with higher sensitivity at a lower radiation dose, according to a paper presented on Sunday at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting in San Diego. PET/CT in particular far outstripped SPECT in determining that patients were free of cardiac disease.
NCoBC: Mammography techs play crucial role in women's health March 17, 2015 -- The evolution of breast imaging has made mammography technologists much more than just "button pushers," with their role evolving to include not only more patient interaction but also more education and training, according to a March 16 presentation at the National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCoBC) meeting in Las Vegas.
ACC: CCTA sharpens diagnosis, targets intervention March 17, 2015 -- More accurate diagnosis using coronary CT angiography (CCTA) in chest-pain patients will reduce the risk of heart attack and hone treatment, according to a new study from Scotland that was presented at this week's American College of Cardiology (ACC) annual meeting in San Diego. Researchers found that patients with suspected angina benefited from clearer results after undergoing CCTA.
Adults at low risk of heart disease shouldn't get screening March 16, 2015 -- Cardiac screening shouldn't be performed on patients at low risk for coronary heart disease, as it doesn't improve patient outcomes and comes with potential harms due to false-positive results, according to a paper published on Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine by the American College of Physicians.
New indications, added funding power Navidea into the future March 16, 2015 -- The past six months have brought many substantial changes for radiopharmaceutical developer Navidea Biopharmaceuticals. The company's accomplishments range from new grant funding to expanded regulatory indications for its main product.
MedPAC takes long view despite 1% drop in imaging volume March 13, 2015 -- There was a 1% drop in imaging volume per Medicare beneficiary between 2012 and 2013, according to new figures released by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). But despite the decline, MedPAC is pointing out that the use of imaging services remains higher than it was a decade ago.
Technologists can affect mammogram interpretations March 13, 2015 -- Mammogram interpretation is known to vary by patient, radiologist, and facility characteristics, but what about technologists? Do they also influence interpretation? The answer is yes, according to a new study published in the March edition of Academic Radiology.
Study links overuse of imaging for prostate, breast cancer March 12, 2015 -- A new study published online March 12 in JAMA Oncology found that geographic regions where imaging overuse is common for prostate cancer also see high overuse rates of breast cancer imaging -- a very different type of disease. The findings indicate that imaging overuse could have a regional component, a development that might complicate efforts to reduce the phenomenon.
More T, doctor? No thanks March 12, 2015 -- As the European market recovers from economic turmoil, cost is an ever important factor in MRI purchasing decisions, and advanced 1.5-tesla systems are likely to account for a far higher proportion of unit shipments compared with 3-tesla systems over the next five years.