DTI-MRI links maternal obesity to newborn brain growth June 26, 2015 -- Infants born to mothers who are obese display altered brain development, according to a new study in which diffusion-tensor MRI (DTI-MRI) showed reduced white-matter integrity in regions of the infants' brains that are associated with cognitive function.
Proposal would dissolve ABNM, fold functions into ABR June 25, 2015 -- In the face of an increasingly difficult job market for nuclear medicine physicians, a proposal has been floated to dissolve the American Board of Nuclear Medicine (ABNM) and fold its functions into the American Board of Radiology (ABR). The combined organization would oversee a new, broader certification for imaging specialists.
ARRT responds to Newsweek article on Kwiatkowski June 25, 2015 -- In this Second Opinion article, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) responds to a June 18 article in Newsweek on David Kwiatkowski, a former radiologic technologist who infected dozens of people with hepatitis C by diverting drugs for his own use. ARRT believes the article did not paint an accurate picture of the organization's role in RT certification.
What exactly is quality in radiology? June 25, 2015 -- In the ever-evolving healthcare delivery environment, the discussion is centering on the need to shift from volume to quality. But what does the word "quality" actually mean in the context of radiology? It's imperative that radiologists work to define it, according to a talk at the recent International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT.
Former RT Kwiatkowski reveals drug diversion secrets June 24, 2015 -- David Kwiatkowski has finally told his story. The former traveling radiologic technologist (RT) who diverted drugs from multiple hospitals -- and infected dozens of patients with hepatitis C along the way -- has come clean in an article in Newsweek that reveals how shockingly easy it is to steal prescription drugs from medical facilities.
Do patients really value interaction with radiologists? June 24, 2015 -- How do you define value? This has become an important question as radiology and radiologists struggle to define their place in a changing healthcare paradigm. Dr. Sam Friedman, also known as Doctor Dalai, tackles this question as he addresses the issue of whether radiologists should interact more with patients.
Panel says elastography has value for liver fibrosis June 24, 2015 -- Ultrasound elastography can reliably distinguish between patients who have no or minimal fibrosis and those with severe fibrosis or cirrhosis, obviating liver biopsy in most of these cases, according to a multispecialty panel convened by the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound.
Mobile App Spotlight: Viewbox June 23, 2015 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the next article in an ongoing series highlighting notable mobile apps in radiology. In this installment, we take a look at Viewbox, an iPad app designed to help users view, organize, and present teaching file images from a variety of different sources.
Nonsolid nodules can be safely managed with CT June 23, 2015 -- Patients with nonsolid lung nodules can be safely managed noninvasively using low-dose CT, according to an analysis published online June 23 in Radiology of more than 57,000 lung cancer screening patients.
Panacea on new coding changes: Medically unlikely edits June 23, 2015 -- Are you prepared for new additions to Medicare's National Correct Coding Initiative? Recent changes cover medically unlikely edits, according to Donna Richmond of Panacea Healthcare Solutions, who offers some guidance on how to handle these additions.