What do I need to know about HL7?
July 25, 2013 -- During the recent Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine annual conference, there was an overriding message to healthcare imaging and IT professionals that they should learn more about HL7, especially as image-enabling the electronic medical record is becoming a very hot item.
Hospitals have higher mammo recall rates than community sites
July 24, 2013 -- Screening mammography recall rates are often higher in the hospital setting, but this doesn't necessarily mean that hospital radiologists are performing worse than their counterparts in community practice, according to a new study published online in Radiology.
ACR's RLI event helps radiologists become better leaders
July 24, 2013 -- Healthcare is transitioning from a volume to a value proposition, and radiologists must learn new skills to navigate this transition, become better leaders, and thrive under new delivery and payment systems, according to presenters at the American College of Radiology's (ACR) annual Radiology Leadership Institute (RLI) event to be held this week in Illinois.
Misdiagnosis of Alzheimer's can cost big money
July 23, 2013 -- Receiving a misdiagnosis of Alzheimer's disease can result in tens of thousands of dollars in unnecessary medical costs for patients who actually have vascular dementia or Parkinson's disease, according to a study presented on July 17 at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Boston.
NOPR leaves legacy of cancer coverage and cooperation
July 23, 2013 -- The seven-year initiative known as the National Oncologic PET Registry (NOPR) began to wind down its operation after the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced last month it would halt the data collection requirement for all oncologic indications for FDG-PET as a condition of reimbursement.
Cuts on top of cuts: 2014 Medicare rates slash CT, MR payments
July 22, 2013 -- One of the nuggets found in the recently proposed 2014 Medicare payment rates for hospitals is a change that would slash reimbursement for the technical component of CT and MRI scans by as much as 38% and 19%, respectively.
CCTA makes the call for coronary revascularization
July 22, 2013 -- Addressing a question that has traditionally received little attention, researchers from South Carolina found that coronary CT angiography (CCTA) can accurately decide whether symptomatic patients at high risk of coronary artery disease actually need revascularization.
Software tool helps residents track report changes
July 19, 2013 -- Radiology residents may not always know what changes have been made to their preliminary reports by attending radiologists, potentially missing out on valuable educational opportunities. Software developed by a team from Johns Hopkins Hospital aims to close this communication gap.
Contrast-mixing protocol improves GI opacification on CT
July 19, 2013 -- Many imaging facilities have developed different protocols for opacification of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract before CT of the abdomen or pelvis. In this article, Dr. Peter Quagliano offers his formula for diluting and administering ionic iodinated contrast for optimal performance in these scans.
NEJM: Refining lung cancer screening criteria boosts CT efficacy
July 18, 2013 -- Lung cancer screening with CT is far more efficient when screening criteria are refined with additional patient risk factors to identify the individuals at highest risk of developing lung cancer who would benefit most from screening, according to a study published in the July 18 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
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