Resident core exams: A prep strategy that works
December 12, 2013 -- The new residency accreditation process that began last July has upended the process of becoming a radiologist -- in part by establishing a third-year core exam that few residents have had to deal with yet. But Dr. Chris Stephens has already gone there, not only completing the test but living to tell about it at the RSNA 2013 meeting.  Discuss
Almost one-third of radiologists' ED services uncompensated
December 12, 2013 -- Almost a third of services provided by radiologists to emergency department (ED) patients are uncompensated, according to researchers from the American College of Radiology's Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute.  Discuss
Discrepancies trigger Ontario radiology peer-review program
December 11, 2013 -- Formal radiology peer review will be implemented across the province of Ontario after an 18.2% discrepancy rate was uncovered in an external review of images read by Ontario radiologist Dr. Ivo Slezic. The review's findings were released last week by Trillium Health Partners.  Discuss
Top 5 trends from RSNA 2013 in Chicago
December 10, 2013 -- As it always does, this year's RSNA meeting in Chicago offered an invaluable glimpse of the major issues affecting radiology in 2013. Important trends in evidence this year at McCormick Place included questions about the future direction of radiology and the growing dominance of software over big iron.  Discuss
Study finds overdiagnosis in CT lung screening
December 10, 2013 -- A new analysis of National Lung Screening Trial data has found that as many as one-fifth of all lung cancer diagnoses may represent overdiagnosis -- that is, detection of indolent or slow-growing lung cancers that may never have harmed the patient, according to a report in JAMA Internal Medicine.  Discuss
SGR fix in the works as CBO again cuts price tag
December 10, 2013 -- The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) announced it has again cut its estimate for repealing the sustainable growth rate (SGR). The updated forecast may make it easier for Congress to pass SGR repeal legislation before it adjourns for the year on December 13.  Discuss
Saudi hospital successfully implements IORT for breast cancer
December 9, 2013 -- Intraoperative radiation therapy for early-stage breast cancer was successfully implemented in a hospital in Saudi Arabia, spurring more installations in the region, according to a presentation by Dr. Yasir Bahadur at last week's RSNA meeting.  Discuss
Wide-area CT delivers modest drop in pediatric dose
December 6, 2013 -- CHICAGO - Wide-area CT reduced torso radiation doses significantly in younger, smaller children, but the reductions were insignificant among larger and older patients, according to results of a study presented on Thursday at the RSNA meeting in Chicago.  Discuss
Study shows decline in inpatient imaging utilization
December 5, 2013 -- CHICAGO - If the experience of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston is any indication, inpatient imaging utilization dropped after 2009 following two decades of growth. Researchers found that CT, conventional imaging, and nuclear medicine use declined, while ultrasound and MRI remained stable.  Discuss
Facial transplants: Low-dose methods prove vital to success
December 5, 2013 -- CHICAGO - The complexity and extent of follow-up imaging often required in cases of facial transplantation means the application of all available low-dose imaging techniques must be pursued, according to top award-winning research presented at RSNA 2013.  Discuss
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