Researchers turn to technologists for better clinical histories
April 11, 2014 -- Researchers from Ohio were able to dramatically improve the clinical histories submitted with patient images by turning to radiologic technologists, who provided far more detailed -- and useful -- histories than referring physicians. The researchers believe the more complete histories will lead to better image interpretation.
MRI reveals football's toll on high school athletes
April 10, 2014 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Brain changes resulting from traumatic brain injury are measurable on MRI after just one season of high school football, even if the athletes never experienced a concussion, according to a study presented on Tuesday at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons meeting.
Is there a silver lining to the 2014 SGR patch?
April 10, 2014 -- The latest effort to avert cuts to Medicare physician payments mandated by the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula may be another in a long line of temporary fixes, but it also represents a victory for radiology, with language mandating the use of appropriateness criteria, transparency around payment policy, and radiation dose management.
Radiology ranks No. 7 of Medicare highest-paid specialties
April 10, 2014 -- Well, it could have been worse. Radiology ranked seventh of the top 10 medical specialties that received the most in Medicare payments in 2012, based on data released April 9 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Off-label use unlocks contrast ultrasound for radiology in U.S.
April 9, 2014 -- While the interminable wait continues for U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of ultrasound contrast agents in radiology applications, the delay doesn't preclude their clinical use now in the U.S., according to a presentation by Dr. Richard Barr, PhD, at last week's American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine meeting.
Chest x-ray still has value for tuberculosis screening
April 9, 2014 -- Should low-dose CT replace chest radiography for determining whether patients scheduled for immunosuppressive therapy have latent tuberculosis? Not yet, according to German researchers, who believe chest radiography still has a role to play.
Annals opinions: Reboot needed on breast screening debate
April 8, 2014 -- It's time for both sides of the mammography screening debate to drop the same old arguments and start thinking about the problem of breast cancer in new ways, according to two opinion papers published online April 8 in Annals of Internal Medicine.
Youth, debt load discourage RADPAC contributions
April 8, 2014 -- Radiology residents don't mind contributing to U.S. radiology's RADPAC political action committee -- that is, unless they're young, in debt, or have kids, according to a survey published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Mary's Musings: Radiologists must rule professional evaluation
April 7, 2014 -- Physician performance evaluation is moving from a nice-to-have option to a necessity, thanks to Joint Commission rules being adopted across the U.S. Dr. Mary Morrison Saltz believes this is a good time for radiologists to take control of the evaluation process -- before someone does it for them.
Stress cardiac MRI aids early emergency dept. evaluations
April 7, 2014 -- When performed within 12 hours of a patient coming to an emergency department with chest pain, adenosine stress cardiac MRI is valuable for the "safe, quick, and accurate" diagnosis of significant coronary artery disease, according to a study published in the April issue of Radiology.
CCTA shows that HIV patients have more noncalcified plaque
April 4, 2014 -- Patients with HIV infection are more prone to potentially dangerous noncalcified coronary plaque than similar uninfected individuals, according to a study that used coronary CT angiography (CCTA). Results were published in the April 1 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.
Residents do fine reading CT triple rule-out exams
April 4, 2014 -- Residents can safely perform triple rule-out CT exams when onsite or on-call subspecialty radiologists aren't available -- at least at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, SC -- according to a study presented at ECR 2014 in Vienna.
AIUM: Study finds women with dense breasts often skip US
April 3, 2014 -- LAS VEGAS - A new study found that fewer than 2% of women informed that they had dense breast tissue returned for follow-up exams with ultrasound, according to a talk at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) meeting. The study raises questions about the effectiveness of breast density laws in improving screening.