RADIOLOGY NEWS
HIMSS: IT professionals target patient engagement
April 13, 2015 -- CHICAGO - Healthcare IT professionals are prioritizing IT activities geared toward patient engagement, according to the 26th annual HIMSS Leadership Survey released on Monday at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual meeting.
CMS provides questionable coding 'advice' for DBT studies
April 13, 2015 -- Revisions to 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule payment policies include a surprising billing guideline from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) related to digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT). Donna Richmond from Panacea Healthcare Solutions offers some guidance.
Half of positive SPECT patients negative at CCTA
April 13, 2015 -- Nearly half of all patients who test positive on SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging are found to be negative at coronary CT angiography (CCTA), calling into question the routine use of SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging, a test that has been a mainstay of the diagnostic workup of patients with a clinical suspicion of coronary artery disease.
Medical quality reporting can affect radiology reimbursement
April 10, 2015 -- The stage is set for a new era of Medicare payment modification based on data that measure the quality of work by physicians. In this article, Carin Carlson of Healthcare Administrative Partners takes a look at what can be done now to prepare your radiology practice and maximize Medicare reimbursement for 2017.
Chest pain patients do well after ultralow-dose SPECT
April 10, 2015 -- Patients with chest pain who underwent SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging with an ultralow-radiation-dose gamma camera had no major cardiac events a year later. The research, published in the April issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine, indicates that MPI radiation dose can be slashed without adverse clinical impact.
Study finds wild price variations for head CT scans
April 9, 2015 -- The price of a noncontrast head CT scan can vary more than fivefold in academic hospitals and more than tenfold in private practices across the U.S., according to a new study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Study advises MRI screening for high-risk pancreatic cancer patients
April 8, 2015 -- Swedish researchers believe that MRI could be the best imaging modality to screen people at high risk of pancreatic cancer, according to an April 8 study in JAMA Surgery. In a small study, they showed how using MRI to screen high-risk individuals found pancreatic lesions in 40% of patients.
3T MRI shows how meniscus tears heal, predicts outcomes
April 8, 2015 -- MRI at 3 tesla can help forecast the healing potential of a meniscus tear based, in part, on decreased meniscus extrusion, according to a study presented March 28 at a meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.
Mammo false positives, overdiagnosis cost U.S. $4B per year
April 7, 2015 -- False positives and overdiagnosis related to mammography screening cost the U.S. $4 billion per year, a figure that's much higher than previous estimates, according to a study published in Health Affairs. But the study's findings are based on previous research that has already been criticized by advocates of screening.
FDDNP-PET gives insight into brain trauma of NFL players
April 7, 2015 -- Brain scans with the PET radiopharmaceutical FDDNP of former National Football League (NFL) players who experienced multiple concussions show patterns that are similar to patients who experienced chronic traumatic encephalopathy, according to an April 6 study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Should radiology residency be reduced to 3 years?
April 7, 2015 -- Should the current radiologist training schedule be changed from four years of residency to three and turn the fourth year of education into a fellowship? Such a structure might better reflect recent changes in radiology education and employment, according to an opinion published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Coregistered 3D US plus angio boosts aneurysm surgery
April 6, 2015 -- Combining rotational digital subtraction angiography with 3D ultrasound creates a powerful pair for guiding aneurysm surgery when images are dynamically coregistered during procedures, according to a new study by German researchers and published in PLOS One.
NCI: Cancer incidence, mortality continue to fall in U.S.
April 6, 2015 -- Rates of cancer incidence and mortality continue to fall in the U.S., according to a new report by the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI). Deaths from cancer dropped 1.8% annually in men and 1.4% annually in women from 2002 to 2011, the report disclosed.
Not all clinical decision support software is created equal
April 3, 2015 -- A new study has found fundamental differences in the effectiveness of clinical decision support based on the type of software that's used. In a study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, researchers found that radiologists can become frustrated if the software is not easy to use.
Practice of Ultrasound: Part 22 -- Quantum ultrasonics
April 3, 2015 -- In the next installment of his series on the practice of ultrasound, Dr. Jason Birnholz delves into the quantum energy foundations of ultrasound, providing a fundamental link to all other diagnostic imaging techniques.
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