RADIOLOGY NEWS
Speech recognition systems could detect signs of user stress
November 9, 2012 -- Many radiologists feel that speech recognition dictation systems -- one of the cornerstones of digital efficiency -- were thrust upon them. While the systems had the potential to dramatically reduce radiology report turnaround time and operating costs, their use has been burdensome to many radiologists by decreasing their productivity.
Social networking gaffes can jeopardize residency applications
November 8, 2012 -- What you post on social media can hurt you, especially if you're applying for a residency or physician training program, according to a new BMJ study that surveyed personnel in charge of reviewing applications from potential medical residents and students.
Admins hopeful about profit growth; Medicare, not so much
November 8, 2012 -- Radiology administrators are optimistic that in the coming months their facilities will grow and operating and staff costs will remain constant. But they remain less confident about Medicare reimbursement for diagnostic and interventional imaging, according to fourth-quarter 2012 data from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index.
Facility-wide program cuts CT dose by up to 90%
November 7, 2012 -- A San Diego imaging center was able to reduce CT radiation dose by as much as 90% using a combination of dose reduction strategies with or without iterative reconstruction techniques, thus minimizing patient risk, researchers wrote in the November Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Antidepressant rinse reduces pain for cancer patients after RT
November 7, 2012 -- When used as a rinse, doxepin, a tricyclic antidepressant, reduces oral mucositis pain in patients who receive radiation therapy (RT) for head and neck cancer, according to research from the Mayo Clinic presented at the recent American Society for Radiation Oncology annual meeting.
Radiation concerns broaden beyond CT in ECRI 2013 hazards list
November 6, 2012 -- Medical imaging radiation once again made the list of the ECRI Institute's top 10 rankings of technology hazards for 2013. But this year, the nonprofit group expanded the category from just CT to include a broader range of imaging-related radiation hazards.
Drug aids sexual function of prostate cancer patients after RT
November 6, 2012 -- Sildenafil citrate improves overall sexual function of prostate cancer patients who received radiation therapy (RT), according to trial results presented by researchers from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center at the American Society for Radiation Oncology annual meeting.
Moments in Radiology History: Part 9 -- RSNA centennial
November 5, 2012 -- As RSNA plans to convene its 2012 meeting in just a few weeks, plans are already being laid for the 100-year anniversary of the Chicago congress. In his latest column, radiology historian Otha W. Linton describes how the RSNA rose from humble Midwestern roots to become one of the pre-eminent medical societies in the world.
No good news for imaging in proposed 2013 Medicare rates
November 2, 2012 -- There isn't much to like for medical imaging in new Medicare payment rates for 2013. In a November 1 announcement, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revealed the size of the looming payment cut under the sustainable growth rate formula, and also affirmed a raft of other payment cuts that will affect radiology.
The new radiology: It's all about information
November 2, 2012 -- As the practice of healthcare moves from a fee-for-service to a value-based reimbursement model, radiologists must highlight their most important contribution to patient care -- clinical information -- rather than focusing only on producing and interpreting images, says a commentary in the November Journal of the American College of Radiology.
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