Higher screening mammo volume equals better outcomes
August 28, 2015 -- Women who undergo mammography screening at breast centers with high volumes tend to have better outcomes, which is encouraging news for a modality often criticized for its tendency to overdiagnose. Study results were published online August 11 in the Journal of Medical Screening.
Fukushima nuclear disaster casts shadow on CR images
August 27, 2015 -- Radiologists at a Japanese hospital were baffled when dark spots began appearing on computed radiography (CR) images in March 2011. They discovered that the spots were caused by fallout from the nuclear disaster at the nearby Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, according to an article in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Job market picks up -- but will you use that fellowship?
August 27, 2015 -- The job market for radiologists in 2015 seems to be improving, according to the fourth annual workforce survey by the Commission on Human Resources at the American College of Radiology, published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. But those jobs won't necessarily utilize one's fellowship skills.
Effects of false-positive mammograms can persist
August 27, 2015 -- Women who receive false-positive mammograms are twice as likely to experience long-term unpleasant psychosocial consequences than women with negative exams, according to a new study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.
iPhone works well in a pinch for cardiovascular emergencies
August 26, 2015 -- Cardiovascular emergencies such as acute aortic syndromes need to be diagnosed quickly. Fortunately, mobile devices such as the iPhone can be used for on-the-go diagnosis and triage of patients with these life-threatening conditions, according to an article published online August 3 in the Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography.
Appendix CT scans predict resource utilization
August 26, 2015 -- Initial CT findings in patients suspected of having appendicitis are a largely untapped source for predicting hospital costs and resource utilization down the line, according to a new study in the September issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Minnies 2015 semifinal candidates
August 25, 2015 -- The list of candidates for the 2015 edition of the Minnies,'s campaign to recognize the best and brightest in medical imaging, is now available. This year's campaign features 207 candidates in 14 categories.
FDA readies new safety probe into gadolinium contrast
August 25, 2015 -- Once again, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is set to embark on an investigation into the safety of gadolinium-based contrast agents, after several recent studies found gadolinium deposits in the brains of some patients years after they had received contrast-enhanced MRI scans.
Kopans: JAMA Oncology paper misinterprets DCIS data
August 24, 2015 -- Just how deadly is ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)? A paper by Narod et al published on August 20 in JAMA Oncology suggests that the best way to deal with DCIS is simply to ignore it, rather than treating it aggressively. But such conclusions represent a dangerous misinterpretation of the actual data, according to Dr. Daniel Kopans.
CMS turns attention to billing for off-campus services
August 24, 2015 -- Hospitals are expanding their control of off-campus medical services, and the growing trend has drawn the attention of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The agency is implementing new billing requirements to collect data on these activities, according to Jeff Majchrzak of Panacea Healthcare Solutions.
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