Decision support cuts CT use for pediatric appendicitis April 27, 2016 -- Clinical decision-support software can help sharply reduce the number of CT studies performed in children to evaluate them for possible appendicitis -- without negatively affecting patient care, according to research published in the May issue of Pediatrics.
How clear are breast density notification letters? April 27, 2016 -- Are breast density notification letters understandable to the women who receive them? Not so much, according to a study published April 26 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers found that the readability and understandability of these letters did not match average state literacy levels.
Rewriting history: CT diagnoses ancient cold case April 27, 2016 -- Egyptologist Dr. Zahi Hawass and Cairo University radiologist Dr. Sahar Saleem have written a new book called Scanning the Pharaohs: CT Imaging of the New Kingdom Royal Mummies. We look at the key findings and the new revelations about an ancient culture.
DBT plus mammo finds more cancers -- dense tissue or not April 26, 2016 -- Studies suggest that digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) not only improves cancer detection rates, it also decreases recall rates, especially in women with dense breast tissue. But it's also beneficial for women who don't have dense tissue, according to research published in the April 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Can the reading room go from sedentary to svelte? April 26, 2016 -- Stand up. Stroll. Fidget. These actions might seem small, but even minor steps can help radiologists counter the major health risks from so many hours spent sitting in front of screens. And it can be done without sabotaging performance, according to a recent article in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
SPECT finds low cerebral blood flow in NFL players April 26, 2016 -- SPECT imaging shows abnormally low blood flow in the brains of current and retired National Football League (NFL) players, according to a new study to be published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.
RBMA to consolidate annual meetings in 2017 April 25, 2016 -- Less is more for the Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA), which plans to consolidate its two yearly meetings into one annual event -- called RBMA Paradigm -- starting in 2017.
Rads must use YouTube to spread accurate radiation info April 25, 2016 -- More and more patients are turning to social media outlets like YouTube to find health information, especially about topics such as the radiation dose risk from CT. But this information may not be accurate, according to a presentation given at the American Roentgen Ray Society meeting in Los Angeles.
How to get paid for radiology ultrasound contrast scans April 25, 2016 -- It's great that the ultrasound contrast agent Lumason has finally been approved in the U.S. for radiology applications, but how do you get paid for it? In this column, Donna Richmond of Panacea Healthcare Solutions examines Lumason reimbursement and the coding steps you need to take to get paid.
Ignoring radiology recommendations puts patients at risk April 22, 2016 -- Referring physicians who ignore recommendations by radiologists for follow-up studies could be jeopardizing the health of their patients, according to research presented at the American Roentgen Ray Society meeting in Los Angeles.