NCBC: Breast density legislation cause for celebration?
March 13, 2012 -- The issue of dense breast tissue has long been a contentious one. As proponents of density notification pursue a legislative agenda, breast care centers must ensure they don't alienate women by opposing such efforts, according to a talk at the National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC) meeting in Las Vegas.
ED physicians vary widely in use of head CT
March 13, 2012 -- Emergency department (ED) physicians vary widely in their ordering patterns for head CT scans of patients, according to a study in the American Journal of Medicine. Ordering rates varied by as much as 300% for patients who presented with atraumatic headache, even between ED physicians in the same institution.
ASTRO: Proton beam therapy shows promise
March 13, 2012 -- Proton beam therapy shows promise as a radiotherapy treatment for cancer, but more robust prospective trials are needed to determine the appropriate clinical setting for its use, according to an American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) task force.
Making Medicare affordable: The case for imaging management
March 12, 2012 -- When the Obama administration unveiled its 2013 budget last month, it proposed saving up to $5 billion in healthcare costs for Medicare and Medicaid, in part by requiring preauthorization for imaging services. In this op-ed piece, representatives from radiology benefits management firm American Imaging Management explain why that's a good idea.
NCBC: To thrive, breast centers must track quality
March 12, 2012 -- To remain viable in an environment of healthcare reform, breast care centers must track the quality of their services, according to a presentation given Sunday at the annual National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC) meeting in Las Vegas.
Humanitarian project brings imaging to the masses in India
March 9, 2012 -- A clinical mission to India sponsored by the American Society of Echocardiography demonstrated the power of medical imaging and teleradiology by enabling cardiologists around the world to rapidly diagnose heart disease among patients examined with ultrasound thousands of miles away.
Rad oncologists discuss infertility issues with young patients
March 9, 2012 -- Both radiation and medical oncologists are twice as likely as other cancer care specialists to discuss fertility preservation with young cancer patients before they start their treatments, according to a study published online in Practical Radiation Oncology.
New report shows radiation therapy volume remains stable
March 8, 2012 -- Radiation therapy treatment visit volume in 2010 in the U.S. appears to have bounced back to 2007 levels. Patients made 20.8 million treatment visits that year, after dips in the number of visits in 2008 and 2009, according to a report from market research firm IMV Medical Information Division.
Mostashari weighs in on whether EMRs lead to imaging use
March 8, 2012 -- Dr. Farzad Mostashari, national coordinator of the U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, has jumped into the fray over whether the use of electronic medical records (EMRs) leads to more imaging use, as claimed by a study published in the March issue of Health Affairs.
Politics blocks widespread use of breast MRI for implants
March 7, 2012 -- VIENNA - In the region served by the Ribera public hospital, around 10,000 women have received defective Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) implants, a population that would quickly overwhelm the radiology service if MRI examinations were authorized, according to Dr. Julia Camps Herrero, head of radiology at the center in Alzira, Valencia, Spain.
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