Study: VC is used appropriately despite reimbursement limits
April 10, 2013 -- Despite tight limitations on Medicare reimbursement, virtual colonoscopy (VC) is being used appropriately for colorectal cancer screening, according to a new study published online April 5 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine that examined more than 170,000 patient records.
PET/CT predicts early breast cancer response to chemo
April 10, 2013 -- By using FDG-PET/CT, physicians will be in a better position to noninvasively predict a breast cancer patient's response to treatment after two cycles of neoadjuvant chemotherapy, helping them decide on the next course of action, concluded a study from Germany.
JACR: Work efficiencies slim when scans read by different rads
April 10, 2013 -- Little to no physician work efficiencies exist when different providers interpret different imaging scans on the same patient, according to a new study published online April 9 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR).
Quality measure boosts shear-wave elastography performance
April 9, 2013 -- NEW YORK CITY - The sensitivity of shear-wave breast elastography can be significantly improved by a quality measure that grades the adequacy of the shear wave itself, according to research presented at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine annual meeting.
SBI: Breast imaging in an era of healthcare reform
April 9, 2013 -- In a time of rapid healthcare change, there's good news and bad news for breast imagers, according to a presentation today at the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) postgraduate course. The good news is breast imaging has a solid infrastructure and demonstrated success. The bad news? Costs are rising and reimbursement is falling.
SBI: Is breast cancer overdiagnosis a myth?
April 8, 2013 -- The rate of breast cancer overdiagnosis is much lower than the 30% cited by some research -- making its "harms" more myth than reality, according to an April 8 presentation at the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) postgraduate course in Los Angeles.
Reduced breast cancer screening ups mortality risk in older women
April 8, 2013 -- Older women with an extended period of time between their last mammogram and breast cancer diagnosis have an increased risk of death from the disease, according to data presented at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting in Washington, DC. The findings suggest a role for continued screening among women older than 75.
Automated CT dose maps tailor radiation dose to patients
April 8, 2013 -- A new technique aimed at mapping CT radiation dose individually for each patient is showing just how far from reality the current standard for calculating dose can be, especially in obese patients, researchers concluded at the 2013 European Congress of Radiology.
JACR: MRI use has slowed
April 8, 2013 -- The overall Medicare MRI utilization rate has slowed since 2008, due in part to policymakers' focus on reducing unnecessary healthcare costs -- and radiologists' efforts to educate their colleagues on appropriate imaging use, according to a new study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Imaging centers hit with surprise 30% cut for MRI codes
April 5, 2013 -- The American Taxpayer Relief Act in January averted the planned 26.5% cut to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, but it didn't prevent reimbursement for two "bread and butter" MRI codes from being slashed by 30%. Some freestanding imaging centers are only now becoming painfully aware of the cut.
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