Synthesized 2D images fine for gauging breast density February 3, 2017 -- How well do synthesized digital breast tomosynthesis images work for estimating tissue density compared with estimates derived from conventional 2D digital mammography images? Turns out synthesized 2D works just fine, according to a new study published online January 25 in Radiology.
Smokers not picking up the CT lung screening habit February 2, 2017 -- Low-dose CT lung cancer screening may be reimbursed by insurance now, but you'd hardly know it by the low numbers of high-risk smokers taking advantage of it, according to a February 2 research letter in JAMA Oncology.
Ultrasound may unlock appendicitis treatment options February 2, 2017 -- Ultrasound may be able to differentiate between complicated and uncomplicated appendicitis, potentially helping physicians decide whether to proceed directly to an appendectomy or try antibiotics first, according to research published in the February issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 25: Texting while ... February 2, 2017 -- Texting while doing other activities is a good way to land yourself in the emergency room. Andy tells Ryan about the wide variety of injuries that can be caused by texting -- including one you might not expect -- in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend.
CT lung screening enters pipeline in Middle East February 2, 2017 -- DUBAI - The Abu Dhabi guidelines for CT lung cancer screening were the subject of much debate at the thoracic imaging session during the Total Radiology conference at Arab Health 2017. The guidelines cover an unusual risk factor: 20-year history of water pipe (or shisha) use.
Dense breast tissue boosts contralateral cancer risk February 1, 2017 -- Clinical studies have shown that women with dense breast tissue have a twofold increased risk of developing primary breast cancer. But women with dense tissue also have an increased risk of developing cancer in the other breast, according to a study published online January 30 in Cancer.
3 ways to boost radiology's role in a value-based economy February 1, 2017 -- In an increasingly value-based healthcare arena, radiologists must look for ways to expand their role beyond the reading room, according to an article published online January 23 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
How will 2017 coding changes affect radiology? February 1, 2017 -- How will changes to current procedural terminology (CPT) codes affect reimbursement for diagnostic and interventional radiology services in 2017? Carin Carlson of Healthcare Administrative Partners tackles this question in a new column.
Parizel calls for more standardization of MRI protocols February 1, 2017 -- DUBAI - The development of effective imaging biomarkers can spark a huge improvement in the diagnosis, management, and follow-up of patients with multiple sclerosis, but much greater standardization is required, ECR 2017 President Dr. Paul Parizel, PhD, told delegates at the Arab Health congress.
U.S. travel ban complicates radiology conference calendar January 31, 2017 -- The Trump administration's new policy restricting immigration to the U.S. from seven countries in the Middle East could create complications for societies scheduled to hold meetings in the country in coming months. One group with an upcoming conference, the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, issued a statement on January 30 about the new policy.