Practice of Ultrasound: Part 10 -- Trustworthy ultrasound
April 15, 2013 -- presents the 10th in a series of columns on the practice of ultrasound from Dr. Jason Birnholz, one of the pioneers of this modality. In this installment, he discusses fetal gender determination and behavior, as well as why withholding information is a violation of trust.
Advanced CT reconstruction improves cardiac plaque assessment
April 12, 2013 -- Automated plaque assessment in coronary CT angiography is a promising new way to evaluate a patient's plaque burden quickly and noninvasively -- but it won't be quick or accurate without the use of advanced iterative reconstruction, according to researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
President's 2014 budget takes on self-referral
April 11, 2013 -- In its 2014 budget plan released April 10, the Obama administration has directly targeted self-referral, proposing that certain imaging services be excluded from the in-office ancillary services exception to the federal Stark law. Unfortunately, the budget also proposes prior authorization for imaging services.
Death of the general radiologist: Have reports been exaggerated?
April 11, 2013 -- In times of shortage, we find out what we value most. And in these times of relative penury in the job market for radiologists, it appears that employers value -- above and beyond anything else -- the general radiologist.
Mammo expert Tabár releases breast health book in 3D format
April 11, 2013 -- To bridge the gap between clinicians and to educate women directly, Dr. László Tabár of Falun Central Hospital in Sweden and colleagues have released a new breast health book that includes 3D stereoscopic thick-section histology images for a better understanding of breast morphology.
Higher credentials needed to change sonographers' image, pay
April 10, 2013 -- NEW YORK CITY - To many, sonographers are just ultrasound techs -- with their sophisticated skills underappreciated, undervalued, and underpaid. It's important for the profession to work to make changes. This was the wake-up call delivered during a presentation at this week's American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine annual meeting.
Study: VC is used appropriately despite reimbursement limits
April 10, 2013 -- Despite tight limitations on Medicare reimbursement, virtual colonoscopy (VC) is being used appropriately for colorectal cancer screening, according to a new study published online April 5 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine that examined more than 170,000 patient records.
PET/CT predicts early breast cancer response to chemo
April 10, 2013 -- By using FDG-PET/CT, physicians will be in a better position to noninvasively predict a breast cancer patient's response to treatment after two cycles of neoadjuvant chemotherapy, helping them decide on the next course of action, concluded a study from Germany.
JACR: Work efficiencies slim when scans read by different rads
April 10, 2013 -- Little to no physician work efficiencies exist when different providers interpret different imaging scans on the same patient, according to a new study published online April 9 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR).
Quality measure boosts shear-wave elastography performance
April 9, 2013 -- NEW YORK CITY - The sensitivity of shear-wave breast elastography can be significantly improved by a quality measure that grades the adequacy of the shear wave itself, according to research presented at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine annual meeting.
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