High cost tempers value of PET/MRI for cardiac lesions
February 10, 2015 -- The ability of FDG-PET/MRI to detail morphology and assess malignancy makes it a "powerful tool" for the diagnostic workup of cardiac tumors, but it should be used judiciously because of its high cost and limited availability, according to a new study from Germany in the February Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
Primary care providers slow to order CT lung cancer screening
February 9, 2015 -- Primary care providers are often unaware of current guidelines on CT lung cancer screening, and they are ordering few scans for their patients at risk, according to a new survey in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. Countering this trend is key if CT screening is to reduce lung cancer mortality.
Radiology in India: Trends in medical imaging technology
February 9, 2015 -- We continue our series on radiology in India with a new article from Dr. Saurabh Jha on the diffusion of medical imaging technology in the country. Dr. Jha explains the various segments of the Indian healthcare sector and reviews the market prospects for each imaging modality.
Radiology's glass ceiling? Survey finds women still avoid imaging
February 6, 2015 -- The majority of U.S. radiologists are male and in private practice, according to a new article in the February edition of the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Women continue to shun medical imaging even as the number of men versus women in medical programs has achieved 50-50 parity.
Clinical decision support can aid inpatient imaging
February 6, 2015 -- Incorporating point-of-care clinical decision support into a computerized physician order-entry system can yield a modest improvement in the appropriateness of advanced imaging orders in the inpatient setting, according to a study published online January 23 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
CMS issues final CT lung cancer screening approval
February 5, 2015 -- In a major victory for individuals at high risk for lung cancer, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its final decision memo on CT lung cancer screening. The current version contains several changes from last fall's draft decision memo, including an adjustment of screening age.
President's 2016 budget: More of the same for healthcare?
February 5, 2015 -- The Obama administration has released its 2016 budget plan, and with respect to healthcare, it largely features proposals that were included in last year's budget. These include repealing the sustainable growth rate formula and eliminating the sequestration order that mandates cuts in payments to Medicare providers.
MRI protocol could replace biopsy for pediatric liver disease
February 5, 2015 -- Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have developed a new MRI technique that shows early promise for noninvasively detecting and evaluating nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in children, according to a study published online February 5 in Hepatology.
US-guided injections help ward off rotator cuff degeneration
February 5, 2015 -- Ultrasound-guided injections of platelet-rich plasma for rotator cuff tendinopathy can delay degenerative changes of the tendons and yield quantifiable pain relief and functional improvement, Italian researchers found.
CANM: Nuclear MPI tests could help ED docs rule out patients
February 5, 2015 -- The broader use of nuclear myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) stress tests could help emergency department (ED) physicians better determine which patients can be safely discharged after a normal electrocardiogram and negative biomarker results, according to a February 1 talk at the Canadian Association of Nuclear Medicine (CANM) meeting in Montreal.
Straight Talk From the PACSman: The American Way
February 4, 2015 -- I grew up in the Superman era -- mostly watching reruns, but I couldn't wait to see the latest adventures of Superman each week. I always wanted to be like Clark Kent, the "mild-mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper," so I could fight the never-ending battle for truth, justice, and the American Way.
Study finds growing use of emergency imaging may be justified
February 4, 2015 -- Policymakers continue to focus on how emergency department imaging use rates keep increasing, implying that the uptick is due to overutilization. But there may be other reasons for the growth, and patients may actually benefit, according to a new study published January 23 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Report from IRIA 2015: Teleradiology begins at home
February 4, 2015 -- Dr. Saurabh Jha's passage to India continues in this article about teleradiology in the world's most populous democracy. While U.S. radiologists fear the specter of Indian radiologists flooding the market with low-cost interpretations, a chat with Indian teleradiology pioneer Dr. Sumer Sethi reveals that such fears couldn't be further from the truth.
Superheroes help kids triumph over fears of MRI scans
February 3, 2015 -- Having to go to the hospital for an MRI scan can be daunting for any patient. But it's even scarier for a young child who may be having an imaging exam for the first time. A New York City hospital has found that transforming kids into superheroes can help them triumph over their fears.
Report from IRIA 2015: A conversation with Dr. Bhavin Jankharia
February 3, 2015 -- KOCHI, INDIA - India's national radiology congress, hosted by the Indian Radiological and Imaging Association (IRIA), just wrapped up on February 1. contributing writer Dr. Saurabh Jha was on hand in Kochi, where he spoke with many of the luminaries of Indian radiology. In this article, he interviews Dr. Bhavin Jankharia, one of the country's foremost private-practice radiologists.
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