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Brain SPECT shows improvement after cocaine users abstain
July 10, 2015 -- Dysfunction in the prefrontal cortex region of the brain caused by excessive cocaine use may be reversed to some degree after more than one month of abstinence, researchers from Uruguay have found. Their findings are promising news for rehabilitation efforts, but the group cautioned that some brain dysfunction does appear to remain.
Radiology averts cuts in proposed 2016 MPFS
July 9, 2015 -- Radiology has dodged a bullet in the proposed rule for the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) released on July 8 by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, receiving no payment increases or decreases.
Dutch researchers launch DENSE breast MR trial
July 9, 2015 -- It's well-known that mammography is less effective in women with dense breast tissue. But what hasn't been established is which supplemental modality is best for these women. Dutch researchers have launched a trial to study the use of MRI in addition to mammography for screening women with dense breast tissue.
A (myocardial) bridge too far: CT vs. IVUS in the heart
July 8, 2015 -- Multidetector-row CT should be considered the noninvasive gold standard when evaluating myocardial bridge abnormalities, owing to its anatomic accuracy. But there are important things CT doesn't see that intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) does, according to new research from Stanford University.
Coronary calcium CT scans predict mortality
July 7, 2015 -- A simple coronary calcium CT scan can be used to predict death in asymptomatic individuals for as long as 15 years after the scan, according to a new study of nearly 10,000 people, published in the July 7 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
MRI ties small brain lesions to risk of stroke, death
July 7, 2015 -- Asymptomatic patients may have triple the risk of stroke and death if they have brain lesions smaller than 3 mm on 1.5-tesla MRI, a new study concludes. Furthermore, if the patients also have lesions 3 mm or larger, they may face an eightfold increase in stroke risk.
New study again questions screening mammography
July 6, 2015 -- A new research study published online July 6 in JAMA Internal Medicine is again questioning the effectiveness of widespread breast screening. Mammography screening of the general U.S. population mostly just produces overdiagnosis, with no measurable effect on mortality, according to the researchers.
MICI Q3: No cracks in radiology administrator sentiment
July 6, 2015 -- There appears to be a solid floor undergirding the recent strain of optimism among radiology administrators, according to third-quarter numbers from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI). Administrator sentiment remains positive across multiple MICI segments.
How your group can keep its hospital contract
July 2, 2015 -- It's a brave new healthcare world out there, and radiology groups can be hard-pressed to prove that they offer significant value to the hospitals they serve. So how can a practice develop and sustain healthy hospital contracts? Dr. Syed Zaidi shared some answers with AuntMinnie.com.
Lung x-rays predict mortality in MERS patients
July 2, 2015 -- A new study of Saudi Arabian patients with Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) found that a simple method of scoring pathology on lung radiographs can be used to predict which patients are at risk of dying, according to an article in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
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