GAO releases report on effect of imaging accreditation
April 25, 2014 -- The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and various congressional committees outlining the impact that Medicare imaging accreditation has had on access to advanced diagnostic imaging. The bottom line? It's not clear.  Discuss
Contrast-enhanced mammo effective in detecting breast lesions
April 25, 2014 -- While contrast-enhanced spectral mammography is a relatively new technique, two Egyptian studies show the advantage of using the technology for detecting breast lesions, and compare it favorably with more established imaging modalities.  Discuss
Saudi health minister replaced as MERS cases rise sharply
April 25, 2014 -- Saudi Arabia has dismissed its minister of health as the government on April 23 confirmed 11 new cases of the potentially deadly Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) across three Saudi cities.  Discuss
CMS publishes agenda for April 30 CT lung screening meeting
April 24, 2014 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released detailed information in preparation for the April 30 meeting of the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee to review the evidence on CT lung cancer screening.  Discuss
Efficiency, personalized medicine will drive CAD forward
April 24, 2014 -- Clinical adoption of computer-aided detection (CAD) software has plateaued and has largely been confined to mammography. To change that, next-generation CAD software will need to deliver efficiency gains, interactivity, and algorithms that are personalized for patients, according to Dr. Eliot Siegel of the University of Maryland.  Discuss
Report: Cardiology, neurology could fuel bright future for PET
April 24, 2014 -- The diversification and expansion of PET imaging into cardiology and neurology are two applications expected to propel growth in PET procedure volume and equipment purchasing over the next several years, according to a new market research report from Bio-Tech Systems.  Discuss
Ambulance with mobile CT cuts stroke treatment times
April 23, 2014 -- An ambulance equipped with a mobile CT scanner and thrombolysis equipment reduced treatment times for stroke patients without a corresponding increase in adverse events, according to a study published by German researchers in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Discuss
Residents value overnight attendings, but crave independence
April 23, 2014 -- Radiology residents are of two minds when it comes to night call, according to the results of a new survey in Academic Radiology. They want the peace of mind that comes with knowing an attending radiologist is on duty to help with tough cases, but they also hunger for the freedom to make a "hot call" on tough cases without help.  Discuss
JAMA IM: Mammo false positives don't create long-term anxiety
April 22, 2014 -- Mammography false positives are considered to be one of the harms of regular breast cancer screening. But receiving false-positive results doesn't seem to affect women's long-term anxiety -- and, in fact, may boost their intention to continue screening, according to a new study published online in JAMA Internal Medicine.  Discuss
BMI tied to soft plaque at CCTA in diabetes patients
April 22, 2014 -- A new study of diabetes patients shows a direct relationship between body mass index (BMI) and the soft coronary artery plaques found on coronary CT angiography (CCTA) that portend a high risk for coronary events, according to research published online in Radiology.  Discuss
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