CMS includes DBT payment codes in 2015 Medicare rates November 4, 2014 -- In a major boost for digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) included payment codes for the exam in its final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System, issued last week.
ACR hopes for good news from CMS on CT lung screening November 3, 2014 -- This November could be the most significant Lung Cancer Awareness Month in history, if Medicare approves full coverage of CT lung cancer screening for seniors 65 years and older, the American College of Radiology (ACR) said in a statement.
Software leverages CT scans to generate bone density data November 3, 2014 -- Fresh off the receipt of 510(k) clearance in August for its QCT Pro bone densitometry software, MindwaysCT is hoping to accomplish a goal that has long eluded healthcare professionals: increasing the dismal screening rate for osteoporosis by enabling the generation of bone density data from CT exams.
New studies highlight promises, risks of lung cancer screening October 31, 2014 -- Clinicians need to learn more about the benefits of lung cancer screening with CT, biopsy their patients less, and not worry too much about the survival prospects of patients with minimally invasive adenocarcinomas, according to three studies presented on Thursday morning at the Multidisciplinary Symposium in Thoracic Oncology in Chicago.
RSNA 2014 highlights 100 years of radiology history October 30, 2014 -- This year marks the 100th annual meeting for RSNA, and the society is pulling out all the historical stops to celebrate. RSNA 2014 attendees will be able to diagnose vintage x-ray images, see Wilhelm Roentgen's laboratory, and check out antique equipment, kicking off a yearlong centennial celebration that will end at the 2015 meeting.
Economics trumps clinical issues in 2014 Minnies awards October 29, 2014 -- It's the economy, stupid. That mantra, attributed to political strategist James Carville, could just as easily apply to radiology in 2014. Concern over economic issues shaped the selections by the Minnies expert panel, with many of the Minnies winners having some kind of connection to fiscal topics.
MRI finds abnormal brain structures in chronic fatigue syndrome October 29, 2014 -- Using various MR imaging techniques, researchers have pinpointed structural abnormalities in the brains of people with chronic fatigue syndrome, which could potentially help in diagnosing the condition, according to a study published online October 29 in Radiology.
Adding DBT to screening mammo boosts benefits, but not cost October 28, 2014 -- Adding digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) to biennial screening mammography is a cost-effective way to improve breast cancer detection in women with dense tissue, compared with mammography alone, according to a new study published online in Radiology.
Canadian study: Mammo cuts breast cancer mortality rates by 40% October 27, 2014 -- You've heard of the controversial Canadian study that cast doubt on the effectiveness of mammography. Now, a new study from Canada has found that breast cancer screening reduces mortality rates by 40% across all ages, according to results published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Radiography misses one-third of wrist fractures October 24, 2014 -- Researchers from Turkey found that radiography missed one-third of wrist fractures compared with multidetector-row CT, according to an article published online on October 18 in Emergency Radiology. They believe that clinicians may want to use CT or MRI for emergency room patients suspected of having wrist trauma.
Mobile App Spotlight: Radiology Toolbox Pro October 23, 2014 -- Radiology Toolbox Pro is designed to serve as an "ectopic brain" for radiology, with handy references such as management criteria for a number of conditions, as well as calculators and charts.
New codes for DBT: Will providers receive payment in 2015? October 23, 2014 -- In just a few weeks, radiology providers should know what changes the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services intend to finalize for 2015 related to digital mammography and breast tomosynthesis (DBT), according to a new article by Jeff Majchrzak of Panacea Healthcare Solutions.
DBT screening shows greatest benefit for younger women October 22, 2014 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) shows its greatest benefit when used to screen women younger than 50, according to research published October 13 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. DBT was effective in reducing recalls and increasing cancer detection in these younger women, who have been at the center of the controversy over breast screening.
Making a Difference as a Sonographer: Caring for the IT band October 21, 2014 -- Iliotibial (IT) band syndrome is primarily known as one of the most common overuse injuries for runners. But sonographers and other professionals who are on their feet all day also experience problems caused by tight IT bands.
Promising new MRI technique provides insight into stroke October 20, 2014 -- Researchers from several institutions have used a 21-tesla preclinical MR spectroscopy scanner to develop a new technique for evaluating patients for stroke and possibly neurodegenerative diseases. They believe the protocol could be migrated to 3- and 7-tesla MRI scanners being used clinically.