Internet search analysis offers window into patient interests
January 15, 2016 -- Patients are getting savvier about healthcare, often using social media or online searches to get information about particular exams or procedures. So what can the Internet tell us about patient interest in cancer screening, specifically imaging-based exams?
The year ahead in radiology: 9 trends to watch in 2016
January 14, 2016 -- What does the year ahead hold for radiology? From a growing reliance on big data for improved efficiency to the emergence of 3D printing as a clinical tool, medical imaging will continue to experience the constant evolution that is a hallmark of the specialty.
CMS chief's comments hint meaningful use may be on life support
January 14, 2016 -- Will 2016 see the end of the U.S. government's meaningful use program? The acting head of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) stated as much at a speech in San Francisco, in which he said the program to spur the adoption of healthcare IT was "effectively over."
Gadolinium MRI contrast not needed to evaluate pediatric tumors
January 13, 2016 -- There is no need to use gadolinium-based contrast agents with MRI scans to evaluate tumors in pediatric patients, since image quality is essentially the same with no contrast enhancement at all, according to a study published in the January issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
3T MRI could become routine for fetal anomalies
January 12, 2016 -- Advances in technology and software have made 3-tesla MRI a better option for examining fetal abnormalities, with no adverse effects on the fetus, according to a study published in the January issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Mammo false-positive rate highest in younger women
January 12, 2016 -- False-positive mammography rates are highest among women younger than 50, which is important for women to understand as they make decisions about when to begin screening, according to a study published online in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
New USPSTF mammography guidelines serve up more of the same
January 11, 2016 -- They say a leopard can't change its spots, a saying that fits the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). On January 12, the group released its final recommendations for screening mammography -- and the guidelines offer nothing new when compared to both the USPSTF's April draft recommendations and its 2009 version.
Data analytics may help prevent patient no-shows for imaging
January 11, 2016 -- Missed patient appointments can significantly affect patient care and cost radiology departments millions in lost revenue. Data analytics may be able to help, however. Researchers have applied analytics to identify patients who are most at risk of missing appointments based on certain factors. Their findings may help decrease patient no-shows.
Clinical decision support doesn't push referring docs away
January 8, 2016 -- If your institution adopts clinical decision-support software, will you drive away referring physicians who may become frustrated with the system? Fortunately, there's no need to worry, if the experience of Massachusetts General Hospital is any indication.
Report finds U.S. cancer death rate still dropping
January 7, 2016 -- A new report from the American Cancer Society estimates that fewer Americans will die from cancer in 2016 compared to previous years, continuing a trend that has been in force since 1991. The decline translates into 1.7 million fewer deaths from cancer.
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