4D parathyroid CT sorts out lesion types July 24, 2015 -- CT scans with 4D image reconstruction can separate parathyroid adenomas and hyperplastic lesions into three distinct lesion types based on enhancement patterns, alerting surgeons to the variations they will find, according to a study in Radiology. The findings also indicate that a three-phase scanning protocol is still needed, the authors believe.
Cardiac CTA study links medical radiation to DNA damage July 23, 2015 -- A study published July 22 in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging is delivering good news and bad news about medical radiation. The bad news: Researchers found measurable evidence of damage to DNA after cardiac CT angiography (CCTA) scans. The good news: There was no sign of damage at radiation levels lower than 7.5 mSv.
AHRA: Reducing radiation is simple but not easy July 23, 2015 -- Managing radiation dose is a hot topic in healthcare among both clinicians and patients. So how can your facility address concerns about excess dose while also improving patient care? The solution is simple -- but not necessarily easy, according to a presentation this week at AHRA 2015 in Las Vegas.
Neonatal PACS snafu leads to notification software July 23, 2015 -- Neonatal imaging exams are not the studies you want slipping through the cracks. After a PACS software upgrade caused a spike in report turnaround times for neonatal imaging studies, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital developed notification software to alert radiologists that these exams were ready to be read.
Women at high risk for breast cancer don't get needed care July 22, 2015 -- Notifying women at high risk of breast cancer through a patient letter doesn't seem to prompt them to take advantage of the services provided by a high-risk assessment clinic -- in fact, 85% of these women don't attend the clinic, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
CT provides fresh revelations about ancient Egypt July 22, 2015 -- CT has reached a level of such sophistication that we can now pinpoint incredible detail inside mummies, turning CT into 3D volumes and then segmenting the data, a leading expert told attendees at last week's "The Curious World of Radiology" seminar.
How to avoid Medicare CT scan payment denials July 22, 2015 -- Are your Medicare claims for CT services at risk of being rejected because they resemble "improper" scans? In this article, Jeff Majchrzak of Panacea Healthcare Solutions describes how to avoid submitting billing reports that raise red flags at the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
AHRA: Is clinical decision support a blessing or curse? July 21, 2015 -- Imaging has been under scrutiny, with policymakers touting techniques such as prior authorization and clinical decision support (CDS) as ways to reduce inappropriate exams. But how effective are these techniques, particularly CDS? It's not yet clear, according to a presentation given this week at the AHRA annual meeting in Las Vegas.
SPECT distinguishes TBI, PTSD in broad population July 20, 2015 -- SPECT is once again showing its value by distinguishing the fine line between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) in nonmilitary patients, which should lead to better treatment for the disorders.
MGH saves money and time printing 3D hearts July 17, 2015 -- Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston say that having a 3D rapid prototyping printer in the cardiac imaging department is a potential boon for procedure planning and patient education -- and it doesn't break the bank.