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Knee MRI prices can vary almost 8-fold across the U.S.
May 6, 2015 -- The price of an outpatient noncontrast MRI scan of the knee can vary across the U.S. by almost eightfold, according to a new study in the May issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology. The finding sheds light on an increasingly consumer-driven healthcare environment, researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, wrote.
New CT-based liver segmentation tool proves fast and accurate
May 6, 2015 -- Liver segmentation, used to obtain liver volumes when planning for major interventions, can be automated without loss of accuracy compared to manual measurements, cutting procedure time by more than half, according to a new study in Academic Radiology.
Gadolinium contrast retention raises new safety questions
May 5, 2015 -- A new study by Japanese researchers published on May 5 in Radiology confirms previous findings that traces of gadolinium contrast remain in the brains of people who receive contrast-enhanced MRI scans. The results are raising new questions about the safety of gadolinium-based contrast, such as whether the deposits are harmful.
Mobile App Spotlight: CT Anatomy
May 5, 2015 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the next article in an ongoing series highlighting notable mobile apps in radiology. In this installment, we take a look at CT Anatomy, an iOS app that offers a cross-sectional guide of normal anatomy as seen on CT.
Nonradiologists get most of Medicare imaging payments
May 4, 2015 -- More than 50% of Medicare payments for diagnostic imaging services in the U.S. are made to nonradiologists, according to a study published in the May issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology. In fact, Medicare payments to nonradiologists for diagnostic imaging exceed those to radiologists in almost 60% of states.
CT reveals cardioembolic stroke that echo misses
May 1, 2015 -- Echocardiography may be the de facto gold standard for cardiac evaluation of patients suspected of having cardioembolic stroke, but it isn't necessarily the best modality. A new study from Saudi Arabia used CT to discover several thrombi that echo had missed, along with other conditions.
No need for CT: Contrast US can follow up solid-organ injuries
April 30, 2015 -- Contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) can be used in favor of CT for following up solid-organ injuries in children and young adults, avoiding unnecessary radiation exposure in this vulnerable population, according to researchers from King's College Hospital in the U.K. who reported their findings from a large retrospective study.
No cost difference between CTC, colonoscopy in elderly
April 30, 2015 -- A new analysis of Medicare data has found that after adjusting for patient demographic factors, costs are pretty much the same in the year following an initial screening exam for colorectal cancer, regardless of whether CT colonography (CTC) or optical colonoscopy is used, according to a report in Academic Radiology.
Safety-net hospital lifts the lid on child abuse
April 29, 2015 -- Fresh data about suspected cases of abuse show that about a quarter of children evaluated at an inner city hospital by means of a skeletal survey with radiography were found to be the victims of abuse. Furthermore, of the abused children, around 39% had skeletal trauma and 61% did not.
Should women over 75 be screened for breast cancer?
April 29, 2015 -- New guidelines proposed last week on mammography screening claim that evidence is insufficient to recommend screening for women 75 and older. But if such women are healthy and without other disease, why shouldn't screening continue? Dr. Stamatia Destounis believes it should.
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