HIMSS/SIIM paper offers advice on enterprise image viewers August 4, 2016 -- Interested in adopting an enterprise viewer for reviewing images in the electronic health record? There are some key issues to be aware of, according to a white paper jointly produced by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM).
PET/CT calcium scores reveal chemo's damage to the heart August 4, 2016 -- By comparing baseline and follow-up coronary calcium scores from PET/CT scans of lymphoma patients after chemotherapy, researchers say they can better follow the cancer treatment's debilitating impact on the heart, and perhaps get a better handle on possible cardiotoxicity.
Study finds signs of gadolinium retention in kids August 3, 2016 -- A new study published online July 28 in Radiology has disturbing news about gadolinium contrast retention. Colorado researchers found that pediatric patients given a linear gadolinium-based contrast agent had increased MR signal intensity in a certain region of the brain.
Lung abnormalities at CT linked to in-hospital death August 3, 2016 -- In critically ill patients, the presence of interstitial lung abnormalities detected on CT scans increases a patient's risk of dying in the hospital, concludes a recent study. But the modality can help by diagnosing more patients and identifying those at greater risk.
AHRA: 6 ways to prepare for a Joint Commission visit August 2, 2016 -- It's been a year since the Joint Commission published new accreditation standards that outlined a higher level of scrutiny for CT, MR, and nuclear medicine/PET imaging. In that time, facilities have gathered experience that can help other sites prepare, according to a presentation given at this week's AHRA 2016 meeting.
AHRA: Building a better breast cancer screening program August 2, 2016 -- Back in the day, screening for breast cancer mostly consisted of a mammography exam. But with increased understanding of risk factors such as breast density and the advent of new technologies, breast cancer screening isn't a one-size-fits-all endeavor anymore, according to a presentation at the AHRA 2016 meeting in Nashville, TN.
Is MBI a better alternative for dense breast screening? August 1, 2016 -- Almost half of women eligible for breast cancer screening have dense tissue -- a characteristic that can limit conventional mammography's performance. To work around this, clinicians need supplemental imaging modalities, and molecular breast imaging (MBI) is an effective option, according to a study published in the August issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
DR tomo beats x-ray, especially for small chest lesions August 1, 2016 -- Radiologists who interpreted images acquired with a digital radiography (DR) tomosynthesis system were nearly four times more likely to find chest nodules than those interpreting conventional DR studies -- and tomo's edge grew as the nodules got smaller, according to a new study in Radiology.
Screening uptake remains patchy in Turkey August 1, 2016 -- In spite of Turkey's growing income levels, cancer screening coverage continues to be relatively poor among women, and their educational level, access to social security, and lifestyle factors have a crucial impact on screening rates, researchers have found.
4 ways to avoid denials for radiology claims July 29, 2016 -- In part 2 of a series on why radiology claims are denied, Sandy Coffta of Healthcare Administrative Partners discusses the role that eligibility problems can play in claim denials, and offers four tips for how radiology practices can keep claims from getting rejected.