Massive Gamma Knife payment cut starts April 1 April 1, 2013 -- It may seem like an April Fools' Day joke, but it's a painful reality for users of the Gamma Knife radiation therapy system from Elekta. Starting April 1, they will be paid 58% less for procedures performed with the system.
Better communication lowers women's breast biopsy anxiety April 1, 2013 -- Women's perceptions of better communication with radiologists is associated with lower levels of anxiety both before and after breast biopsies, according to a new study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
CT postprocessing can aid evaluation of pediatric airways April 1, 2013 -- Because it's noninvasive and doesn't require anesthesia, CT postprocessing offers significant advantages over the gold standard of bronchoscopy for evaluating pediatric airways. Yet there are even more benefits, according to an article published recently in Pediatric Radiology.
RAPTOR VA protocol software poised for takeoff March 29, 2013 -- After more than a year of laboratory development and testing, radiologists at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle are hopeful that software called RAPTOR designed to help manage medical imaging protocol selection and workflow will be authorized to move into a real-world pilot program.
NY hospital relents, promising another year of residency March 28, 2013 -- Rethinking a decision that had sparked fear and anger among its radiology residents when it was announced last month, St. Barnabas Hospital in New York City has reversed course on a planned closure of its radiology residency program, vowing to keep it going for at least another year.
New Texas radiation rule takes effect May 1 March 28, 2013 -- Hoping to avoid the rash of radiation overexposures that shook California radiology like an earthquake a few years back, the state of Texas has decided to implement its own radiation exposure rule beginning May 1.
AACR predicts 31% more cancer survivors in U.S. by 2022 March 27, 2013 -- The number of cancer survivors in the U.S. is projected to rise from 13.7 million as of January 2012 to 18 million by 2022. This 31% increase will represent a significant challenge to the healthcare system, according to a report released on Wednesday by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).
Software saves time in quantifying pleural effusions on MDCT March 27, 2013 -- A software tool can swiftly and accurately perform semiautomated volumetric quantification of pleural effusions on MDCT studies, yielding significant time savings over manual quantification methods, according to researchers from Northwestern University.
NCBC: Cloud-based image sharing enhances breast care March 27, 2013 -- Cloud-based image sharing improves care at breast centers while also reducing costs, according to a presentation on Tuesday at this week's National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC) annual conference in Las Vegas.