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Medicare coverage gets easier for oncologic PET tracers
February 17, 2017 -- In September 2013, Medicare coverage for new oncologic PET radiopharmaceuticals underwent a quiet yet significant change. In a new column, Terri Wilson of Blue Earth Diagnostics explains how the changes are making it easier for providers to receive reimbursement for PET studies with the new radiotracers.
BMJ: Benefits of CT lung cancer screening outweigh dose
February 16, 2017 -- Despite the risks of ionizing radiation from CT lung cancer screening, cumulative exposure over a decade remains very low, along with the risk of developing cancer from screening. The benefits of lung screening thus outweigh any potential harms from radiation, concluded Italian researchers writing February 8 in BMJ.
BI-RADS breast density estimates as good as automated
February 16, 2017 -- Which is better when it comes to assessing breast tissue density -- man or machine? Turns out radiologists do just fine evaluating dense tissue using BI-RADS measures, compared with the performance of automated software, according to a new study published in the February edition of Radiology.
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 27: Good job on that case
February 16, 2017 -- Positive reinforcement can be an effective motivational tool in any workplace. The radiology reading room is no different, as Andy and Ruchi discover in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend.
Machine learning in radiology targets efficiency
February 16, 2017 -- While artificial intelligence is unlikely to replace radiologists any time soon, a new breed of software applications based on machine learning is poised to take on many of their tedious, repetitive, and time-consuming tasks -- improving productivity and freeing up more time.
MRI opens early window into autism
February 16, 2017 -- MRI scans in combination with a computer algorithm helped researchers predict which infants with older autistic siblings would exhibit autistic characteristics themselves by age 2, according to a study published online February 15 in Nature.
CMS: U.S. health spending to near 20% of GDP by 2025
February 15, 2017 -- The U.S. will see a modest increase in healthcare spending between 2016 and 2025, but that growth means the country will spend nearly 20% of its gross domestic product (GDP) on healthcare by 2025, according to a new analysis from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
MRI start-up Alzeca takes aim at Alzheimer's disease
February 15, 2017 -- A new start-up company called Alzeca Biosciences is developing an MRI contrast agent that the company hopes will become an alternative to PET for early-stage diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. The firm has hired imaging industry veteran Carlo Medici to leverage his experience in the contrast market.
DBT use inconsistent across the U.S.
February 15, 2017 -- Despite the demonstrated clinical benefits of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) for finding breast cancer, use of the technology for mammography is still inconsistent across the U.S., according to a study published online February 7 in Academic Radiology.
Do MRI scans cause genetic damage? Probably not
February 14, 2017 -- Should patients undergoing MRI scans be concerned about genetic damage? It's a relatively novel question, but one that's percolated to the surface in the past several years. Fortunately, a new literature review found little evidence to support the idea that MRI can cause genetic damage.
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