IBM launches initiative to advance Watson in imaging
June 22, 2016 -- Moving closer to commercializing its Watson artificial intelligence technology in imaging applications, IBM announced on Wednesday that it's teaming up with a broad spectrum of partners to help train, test, develop, and deploy Watson in a wide range of organ systems and disease states.
ISCT: Is CT perfusion dead beyond the head?
June 22, 2016 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Whether or not CT perfusion (CTP) is justified beyond the brain is a tough call -- so tough, in fact, that organizers of the International Society for Computed Tomography (ISCT) 2016 Symposium decided to debate the question. CTP can be a powerful tool, they said, but its utility is less certain than its generous radiation dose.
ISCT: New CT detectors promise sharper images
June 21, 2016 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Why has so little happened with CT detector technology in recent years? The short answer is that the next big leap forward is a giant one. But exciting new technologies are definitely making their way to commercial CT scanners, according to an opening-day talk at the International Society for Computed Tomography (ISCT) 2016 Symposium.
Imaging accreditation with quality and ease: Part 2
June 21, 2016 -- This series will offer tips for how to comply with the latest Intersocietal Accreditation Commission Quality Improvement requirements with quality and ease. Part 2 covers two more key measures for all imaging modalities to follow: interpretive quality and report completeness.
Mary's Musings: Is pathomics the new radiomics?
June 20, 2016 -- Pathomics is to pathology as radiomics is to radiology, writes Dr. Mary Morrison Saltz in a new column, in which she discusses the challenges and possibilities of utilizing such data to help provide patient-centered care.
The top 3 reasons for radiology claim denials
June 20, 2016 -- The goal of a well-managed radiology billing operation is to submit claims for services promptly and receive reimbursement as quickly as possible -- enhancing cash flow and keeping overall billing costs low. All too often, however, payment is delayed because the payor denies the claim.
MedPAC schools Congress on how to implement MACRA
June 17, 2016 -- In its latest report to Congress on June 15, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) shared some feedback -- and some concerns -- about how to put the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) into action.
Family doctors unclear on CT lung cancer screening
June 17, 2016 -- Most family physicians say they discuss CT lung cancer screening with their patients, but actual screening referrals are rare, even for patients at high risk, according to a study published online June 13 in Cancer.
Do patients want to read their radiology reports?
June 16, 2016 -- Radiology reports aren't just for referring physicians anymore. In fact, more than 50% of patients who have online access to their reports read them -- and want to discuss the results with their radiologist, according to a new study published online in Academic Radiology.
USPSTF greenlights CT colonography for screening
June 15, 2016 -- In a decision long-awaited by CT colonography advocates, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has finally deemed the modality to be an acceptable option for colorectal cancer screening. The determination paves the way for Medicare reimbursement and broader coverage by private payors.
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