MICI Q1: Reimbursement concerns still dominate
March 4, 2014 -- Concerns over reimbursement continue to weigh heavily on the minds of radiology administrators, according to the latest numbers from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI). Administrators surveyed for the index's first quarter expressed lower optimism that they would be adequately reimbursed by Medicare.
Short-term follow-up OK for BI-RADS 3 lesions on MRI
March 4, 2014 -- The malignancy rate is comparable for lesions detected at mammography and those found on MRI that are probably benign, which means that short-term follow-up is acceptable for women with no history of breast cancer, according to a new study published in the March issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Straight Talk From the PACSman: Radiology at HIMSS 2014
March 3, 2014 -- If anyone ever questioned the power the IT department wields in the healthcare environment, the 2014 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting in Orlando, FL, last week dispelled each and every one of those doubts. In two words, IT rules, according to the PACSman, Michael J. Cannavo.
CT protocol review calls for consistency, teamwork
March 3, 2014 -- Refining your CT protocols is a great way to accomplish a number of goals, including radiation dose reduction, workflow efficiency, and meeting new accreditation requirements. A team approach is best for the task, according to a new article that offers guidance in the March Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Back problems? Skip the imaging, skip the surgery
February 28, 2014 -- Back pain is a huge global problem that ranks among the top 10 causes of disability. However, despite billions in medical costs, neither imaging nor surgery does patients much good most of the time, said Total Radiology keynote speaker Dr. Michael Modic at last month's 2014 Arab Health meeting.
Pint-sized DR unit takes portability to new level
February 28, 2014 -- South Korean researchers have taken the concept of mobile digital radiography (DR) to a new level, developing a prototype of a portable DR system that's just over 2 ft tall. What's more, the pint-sized unit is able to send images wirelessly to smartphones, according to an article in the Journal of Digital Imaging.
Controversy embroils Kan. radiologist's U.S. Senate run
February 27, 2014 -- A Kansas radiologist running for U.S. Senate is also running afoul of critics for posting x-rays of fatal gunshot wounds on his personal Facebook page and allegedly joking about the images, according to a report published February 22 in the Topeka Capital-Journal.
JACR: CT lung screening possible in community setting
February 27, 2014 -- A successful community hospital low-dose CT lung screening program is feasible and can be put in place relatively quickly, according to an article published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Practice of Ultrasound: Part 14 -- Transparently retasking
February 27, 2014 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the latest in a series of columns on the practice of ultrasound from Dr. Jason Birnholz, one of the pioneers of the modality. In this installment, he discusses the value of ultrasound's past and the challenges of interspecialty distrust.
HIMSS: IT service models ease shift of PACS to enterprise IT
February 26, 2014 -- ORLANDO, FL - Moving control of imaging informatics from radiology to enterprise IT can spark a real culture clash. However, IT service models used by chief information officers outside of healthcare can help smooth this transition, according to a talk at the 2014 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting.
Size matters in the future evolution of compact ultrasound
February 26, 2014 -- Compact or handheld ultrasound systems are now used across an array of specialties and clinical applications, often generating demand for ultrasound where none had existed. What's next? Possibilities abound, but a role as the stethoscope of the future isn't likely to be one of them, according to Stephen Holloway of consulting firm IHS.
Study finds same MERS virus in humans and camels
February 26, 2014 -- The coronavirus responsible for Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) in humans is prevalent in camels throughout Saudi Arabia and has been around for at least 20 years, according to a study published online February 25 in mBio.
HIMSS: RHIO image exchange saves lives, cuts dupe exams
February 25, 2014 -- ORLANDO, FL - It could have been a tragedy. But thanks to image exchange via the Rochester Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) in New York, a patient's life was saved, according to a Tuesday presentation at the 2014 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting.
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