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Study finds DBT matches -- or surpasses -- FFDM
June 30, 2017 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) performs as well as or better than full-field digital mammography (FFDM), even when patient characteristics that might skew toward DBT exams are accounted for, according to a study published online June 22 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Egypt releases DRLs but dose concerns remain
June 30, 2017 -- Egypt has unveiled the first national diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) for CT, but senior radiologists still have concerns about radiation dose. Areas for improvement include the selection of exposure parameters for different examinations, taking into account the image quality, with particular attention on facilities using consistently higher doses compared with DRLs.
Johns Hopkins tackles problem of unnecessary scans
June 29, 2017 -- It's estimated that 20% to 50% of imaging scans in the U.S. may be unnecessary, and radiology exams accounted for more than 100 overutilization targets in the Choosing Wisely campaign. With these facts in mind, radiologists and clinicians at Johns Hopkins Hospital are collaborating to develop an ambitious plan to solve the problem.
Is there a fox in your billing henhouse?
June 29, 2017 -- "Don't let the fox guard the henhouse" is an idiom used to point out to somebody that his or her action could invite disaster. In this column, John Stiles of HealthPro Medical Billing offers some advice for medical practices on making sure they don't end up with a fox in their billing henhouse.
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 40: The quick and the dead
June 29, 2017 -- What's the wackiest order for an imaging study you've ever received from the emergency department? Andy may have heard the weirdest one yet in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend.
Can mild carotid atherosclerosis hurt mental cognition?
June 28, 2017 -- Can subclinical carotid atherosclerosis as identified on ultrasound negatively affect cognitive performance? Yes -- at least in individuals who carry a genotype known to increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, according to research published in the July issue of Stroke.
Subsolid lung nodule assessment with CT evolves
June 28, 2017 -- As their experience with subsolid nodules at CT grows, radiologists are learning more about their characteristics and potential risk of malignancy. Overall, the past several years have seen nodule size and growth rise in importance relative to CT density, a less reliable predictor of malignancy.
Senate ACA repeal vote delayed as support wavers
June 27, 2017 -- U.S. Senate Republicans have delayed a vote on their bill to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). It's believed that the GOP postponed the vote on the bill until after the July 4 recess as it was unable to muster the 50 votes needed to begin debate, according to a Politico report.
Gadolinium retention in brain may be underestimated
June 27, 2017 -- Gadolinium retention in the brain may be more widespread than previous studies have shown, and it may not be limited to patients with brain abnormalities such as a tumor or infection, according to new research published online June 27 in Radiology.
ACR reaffirms support for annual mammography at 40
June 27, 2017 -- Women at average risk for breast cancer should start annual mammography screening at the age of 40, according to American College of Radiology (ACR) guidelines published online June 23 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
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