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Chronic kidney failure no barrier to CT angiography
July 13, 2012 -- CT angiography using moderate doses of IV contrast in patients with advanced renal failure is a safe procedure that negatively affects renal function in only a small percentage of patients, according to researchers from Baltimore.
KLAS report evaluates enterprise imaging strategies
July 13, 2012 -- Most healthcare providers in the U.S. are in the early stages of forming an enterprise imaging strategy, according to a new study by research firm KLAS. However, most felt that no single vendor could deliver all the pieces needed for their strategy.
CT nanoparticle contrast: Good as gold?
July 12, 2012 -- CT nanoparticle-based contrast agents are all investigational -- and at this point all preclinical -- but they're out there. In a few years, the tiny contrast agent delivery vehicles, which work well in animals, could greatly affect the diagnosis and treatment of disease in humans.
Scanning in Pain: Part 4 -- Final sonography sins
July 12, 2012 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the final installment of a four-part series on overcoming work-related musculoskeletal issues for sonographers. Part 4 presents the final sonography "sins," along with several exercises and basic stretches to tackle these common problem areas.
PET with florbetapir shows early Alzheimer's in normal patients
July 11, 2012 -- PET imaging with the radiopharmaceutical florbetapir has revealed early evidence of Alzheimer's disease in patients with mild or no cognitive impairment, according to a study published online July 11 in Neurology.
Demographics can help predict malignancy on CT lung screening
July 11, 2012 -- Lost in the enthusiasm over CT lung screening's mortality benefit was a big question: how to handle follow-up. With false-positive rates over 25% in some screening studies, there has to be a better way to separate patients who may have cancer from those who don't. In a July 2 article in PLoS One, researchers think they may have found one.
MICI: Rad administrators bearish on Medicare payment rates
July 10, 2012 -- Radiology administrators are confident that in the coming months their facilities will grow and operating and staff costs will remain constant. But they're not as confident about Medicare reimbursement for diagnostic and interventional imaging, according to new data from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI).
ACR looks to retool annual meeting with broader focus
July 10, 2012 -- The American College of Radiology (ACR) plans to change the focus of its annual meeting, opening the conference to all of its members in 2015 and broadening its content in hopes of creating an event that attracts 3,000 to 5,000 attendees to Washington, DC, each May.
EMR improves review of cancer patients' portal images
July 10, 2012 -- Physicians are more likely to view portal images via an electronic medical record (EMR) rather than on x-ray films, potentially leading to better care for patients receiving radiation therapy, according to a study in the July issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
New CMS fee schedule hits radiology, radiation oncology
July 9, 2012 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a new Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2013 that will slash payments to radiologists by 4% and radiation oncologists by 15%. The proposal would also expand to other medical specialties a controversial policy on imaging contiguous body parts.
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