Feds charge imaging center owner with $30M Medicare fraud
August 31, 2012 -- The owner of a radiology practice in New York City has been charged by the U.S. Department of Justice with fraudulent billing of more than $30 million in radiology services provided to Medicare and Medicaid patients that allegedly were never performed.
fMRI shows brain changes in patients with mild brain injury
August 31, 2012 -- Functional MRI (fMRI) showed changes in brain activation when people with mild traumatic brain injury performed memory tasks, hinting that such injuries could have longer-lasting effects than previously thought, according to a study published in the September issue of Radiology.
New open-source software could improve breast cancer management
August 31, 2012 -- MONTREAL - A new software suite is being developed in the Canadian Atlantic provinces that could make patient management and imaging resource use more efficient, not only in that region but in the rest of the world. Information on the system was presented this week at the 2012 World Cancer Congress.
NICU staff may be exposed to radiation during pediatric x-rays
August 30, 2012 -- Adult fingers from neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) staff were visualized on nearly half of x-ray images acquired at a Canadian hospital, and, in some cases, nurses might not be aware of their inadvertent radiation exposure, researchers have found.
MRI reliable for characterizing scrotal, testicular lesions
August 30, 2012 -- MRI can reliably detect, precisely localize, and accurately characterize scrotal lesions to advance treatment strategies and avoid unnecessary surgery for patients, enabling many to save their testicles, according to a study in the September issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Pitt. radiologists take back the night -- and reap the rewards
August 29, 2012 -- In 2007, University of Pittsburgh radiologists decided that using residents for overnight coverage of emergency department CT scans was a medical anachronism. Instead, they began offering after-hours subspecialty coverage themselves, and reported on their experience in the September issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Study finds frequent incidental findings at MDCT urography
August 29, 2012 -- Researchers at Rhode Island Hospital are finding more than urinary problems in their MDCT scans for patients with hematuria, according to a new study in the September issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Prototype shows potential for patient-centered image sharing
August 29, 2012 -- Current image-sharing methods based on CDs are burdensome to both patients and providers alike and also raise privacy concerns. However, researchers from Wake Forest University have developed a patient-controlled prototype image-sharing framework that aims to tackle those problems.
ESC: 320-detector-row CTA plus perfusion helps triage patients
August 28, 2012 -- A two-step heart test consisting of 320-detector-row CT angiography (CTA) followed by CT perfusion helps separate patients who need invasive angiography from those who do not, according to results of the international CORE 320 study presented on Monday at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) meeting in Munich.
Commercial screening tests, imaging overuse spike health costs
August 28, 2012 -- Screening tests that are sold directly to consumers by commercial firms without physician referrals inflate healthcare costs and erode efforts to provide high-value care -- and medical imaging is a big part of the problem, according to a pair of opinion articles published on August 27 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
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