CT lung cancer screening is complicated for VA patients January 30, 2017 -- For U.S. Veterans Affairs (VA) patients at high risk for lung cancer, CT screening is a "complex endeavor" that turns up multiple comorbidities and introduces potential harms and increased costs, concludes a new study published online January 30 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Are patients getting the imaging they pay for? January 30, 2017 -- Patients are becoming increasingly sophisticated about healthcare services, using social media or online searches to get information -- particularly cost -- about imaging exams or procedures. But are they getting what they pay for? Maybe not.
Breast screening debate spreads to Middle East January 30, 2017 -- DUBAI - As the doors spring open for the first day of the Arab Health 2017 show, breast cancer screening is set to come under close scrutiny at the Total Radiology conference that forms a major part of the event. Dr. Shaikha Abu Shaikha speaks about Qatar's Breast and Bowel Screening Program.
How to plan for mobile device image acquisition January 27, 2017 -- Mobile devices aren't just for on-the-go access to images and other healthcare information. It's also important to account for their use in capturing photos of patients at the point of care, according to a January 26 webinar sponsored by the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine.
CAD finds vertebral lung cancer metastases January 27, 2017 -- Readers using an original computer-aided detection (CAD) algorithm that subtracts thoracic 3D CT images from follow-up images found more vertebral metastases than readers working unaided, according to a study in PLOS One.
MRI contrast boosts gadolinium levels in Korean rivers January 26, 2017 -- South Korean researchers have found levels of gadolinium in the Han River near Seoul that are almost 300 times normal levels at some locations. They attribute the levels to the use of MRI contrast -- echoing previous research on the persistence of gadolinium in the environment.
Info on screening 'harms' diminishes patient interest January 26, 2017 -- Presenting information to men and women about the "harms" of prostate and breast cancer screening significantly diminishes their interest in screening exams, according to a study published in the January/February edition of the Annals of Family Medicine.
Contrast ultrasound is safe, effective for pediatric patients January 25, 2017 -- Contrast-enhanced ultrasound is a safe and likely cost-effective imaging option for pediatric patients, often obviating the need for MRI and CT, according to a study published in the February issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
MedPAC sets sights on specialty reimbursement January 25, 2017 -- The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) is setting its sights on raising payments for primary care providers by reducing Medicare reimbursement for specialty physicians -- including radiologists.