Chest x-ray use remains stable as high-tech modalities soar
December 12, 2012 -- While utilization of high-tech imaging modalities soared and then slipped over the past decade, use of the humble chest x-ray has continued at a relatively stable rate, researchers found in a study presented at the RSNA 2012 conference.
Teleradiology should focus more on improving patient outcomes
December 11, 2012 -- It's time to rethink teleradiology, according to Dr. Giles Boland, professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School. He believes that radiology groups should move beyond what teleradiology can do for them, and instead focus on what teleradiology can do for others -- namely, patients and referring physicians.
Adding MRI and PET to biomarkers helps predict Alzheimer's
December 11, 2012 -- The combination of 1.5-tesla MRI, FDG-PET, and cerebrospinal fluid data when added to routine clinical tests significantly increases the ability to predict whether people with mild cognitive impairment will progress to Alzheimer's disease, according to a study published online December 11 in Radiology.
Survey confirms escalating use of EMRs/EHRs in U.S.
December 10, 2012 -- Nearly 75% of office-based physicians used an electronic medical or health record (EMR/EHR) system during 2012, according to the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Almost 40% of these physicians have installed a basic system at their practice.
Adopting EMRs improves tracking of extravasation episodes
December 10, 2012 -- Adopting electronic medical records (EMRs) can help facilities improve their reporting of extravasation incidents that occur during contrast CT studies, researchers reported at the recent RSNA 2012 annual meeting.
Half of radiologists will be sued by age 60, study suggests
December 7, 2012 -- The chances of a radiologist being the defendant in at least one medical malpractice suit is 50% by age 60, but the difference in frequency and average number of suits varies by state and sex, according to a new study published online in Radiology.
Imaging IT offers bright spot in gloomy imaging industry
December 7, 2012 -- Exciting developments are under way in the imaging IT sector, which is benefiting from overall momentum in health IT. The segment has promising growth potential despite an overall slowdown in the medical imaging industry, according to analysis from market research firm Frost & Sullivan.
Mary's Musings: Head in the clouds at RSNA 2012
December 6, 2012 -- Not very long ago, it seems, I went to my first RSNA meeting. I was really impressed -- and I still am! Each year at RSNA, one gets a chance to peek ahead into the future: and ours is data. Data will allow us to step out of our black box of radiology and into our roles as physicians again.
Vendor-neutral archives offer imaging IT market opportunity
December 6, 2012 -- Vendor-neutral archives have been adopted by just one-third of the U.S. hospital market, according to a new report by healthcare technology and consulting firm CapSite. The many facilities that have not yet adopted the technology create a prime target for vendors in the imaging IT sector.
FDA gives PET drugmakers until 2015 to comply with new rules
December 6, 2012 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week set a December 12, 2015, deadline for PET drug manufacturers to operate under an approved new drug application (NDA), abbreviated new drug application (ANDA), or investigational new drug (IND) submission to continue to make their products.
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