Sonography students sue college over transvaginal exams
May 19, 2015 -- Two former sonography students have filed a lawsuit against a college in Florida, alleging that the institution and employees in its medical diagnostic sonography program retaliated against them after they protested against having to undergo transvaginal ultrasound procedures as part of their sonography training.
USPSTF 2009 mammo recs led to drop in screening rates
May 19, 2015 -- A new analysis published in Women's Health Issues has found that mammography screening rates of women 65 years and older dropped immediately after the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) changed its guidance on breast screening in 2009. The fall arrested what had been years of growth in the breast screening rate.
Study: There's more to breast cancer risk than density
May 19, 2015 -- Is the breast density notification movement missing the forest for the trees? A May 19 study in Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that breast density shouldn't be the only factor to consider when deciding which women should receive supplemental breast imaging tests in addition to mammography.
Analysis finds variance in uptake of amyloid PET tracers
May 19, 2015 -- PET scans can detect varying levels of amyloid in the brain that change with age and the presence of a genotype linked to Alzheimer's disease, according to a meta-analysis in the May Journal of the American Medical Association. The findings may enable clinicians to better tailor which patients receive the scans.
ACR 2015: Drops in Medicare spending vary by state
May 18, 2015 -- There's increasing evidence that Medicare spending on medical imaging is slowing across the U.S. But spending has dropped at different levels in different states, indicating that future spending cuts should be more tailored, according to a study presented at the American College of Radiology's ACR 2015 meeting in Washington, DC.
How to maximize your breast imaging reimbursement
May 18, 2015 -- Medicare has adopted new payment policies for digital breast tomosynthesis and breast ultrasound that go into effect this year. But without the proper documentation, radiologists will lose this added revenue. Carin Carlson from Healthcare Administrative Partners tells you how to get your share.
Genetic info improves smokers' CT screening compliance
May 18, 2015 -- Adding genetic information to the cancer risk profiles of current and former smokers reclassifies their risk in more than 25% of cases, according to a study to be presented at the American Thoracic Society meeting in Denver.
New PET tracer homes in on metastatic prostate cancer
May 15, 2015 -- Researchers from Johns Hopkins University have developed a PET radiopharmaceutical for imaging metastatic prostate cancer that so far has shown superior image quality with less radiation exposure in most radiosensitive organs than its predecessor.
Analysis: CT lung cancer screening won't break the bank
May 15, 2015 -- The costs of population-wide CT lung cancer screening are likely to be reasonable and comparable to the costs of breast or colon cancer screening, according to an article in the May edition of Thoracic Surgery Clinics.
USPSTF mammo recs would cut coverage for 17M women
May 14, 2015 -- If the most recent U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) breast cancer screening guidelines are finalized, 17 million women between the ages of 40 and 49 could lose insurance coverage for mammography screening exams, according to a new report released by consulting firm Avalere Health.
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