Deep learning can provide first read of chest x-rays
March 10, 2017 -- A computer-aided detection system developed using deep-learning technology can perform an initial review of chest x-rays, helping radiologists to prioritize interpretation of cases that are more likely to be abnormal, according to a presentation last week at ECR 2017.
3 reasons to re-evaluate your prior authorization strategy
March 10, 2017 -- As government mandates and payor guidelines grow more complex, it is increasingly important to prevent claim denials by streamlining the prior authorization process so that every dollar due can be collected, explains Peter Nanos from Merge. He describes why now may be the time to switch to an automated system.
Virtual radiologist stands ready to answer questions
March 9, 2017 -- How convenient would it be to have access in the palm of your hand to an on-call radiologist? Researchers hope to achieve that goal with a chatbot app that can answer questions from healthcare providers. They unveiled the app at this week's Society of Interventional Radiology 2017 annual meeting.
SIR: MRI debunks venoplasty for treating MS
March 9, 2017 -- Opening up narrowed veins from the brain and spinal cord -- a procedure called venoplasty -- is not effective for treating multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a study presented on March 8 at the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) meeting in Washington, DC, by researchers from the University of British Columbia.
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 29: Diversity
March 9, 2017 -- One of the great things about radiology residency programs today is their incredible diversity. Andy and Priya find commonality through their diverse backgrounds in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend.
Direct invitations boost breast MRI screening rates
March 9, 2017 -- Women at high risk of breast cancer who receive letters that outline their options for additional imaging with contrast-enhanced MRI are more likely to follow through on this additional imaging, according to a study published online February 3 in Health Communication.
FDG-PET/CT can direct biopsies for pediatric cancer
March 8, 2017 -- FDG-PET/CT can play a valuable role in directing image-guided biopsies of pediatric cancer patients, given its ability to detect and discern between malignant and benign regions, according to a study by a group from Saudi Arabia and Canada published in the March issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Analogic to restructure ultrasound business
March 8, 2017 -- Analogic has announced plans to restructure its ultrasound business in the wake of persistent declining revenue in the first six months of its fiscal 2017. The company said it will close a Canadian facility and consolidate its operations with two other sites.
8 ways radiology can win turf battles
March 8, 2017 -- Turf battles in medicine are nothing new, and radiology is not alone in the struggle to protect territory, as outside specialties such as cardiology and orthopedics eye procedures once reserved for radiologists. So how can radiology ward off turf fights in a proactive, rather than reactive, manner?
MRI links early brain abnormality in infants to autism
March 8, 2017 -- Using MR imaging, researchers have found that children diagnosed with autism at 2 years of age had a substantially greater amount of extra-axial cerebrospinal fluid when they were 6 and 12 months old, according to a study published online March 6 in Biological Psychiatry.
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