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RADIOLOGY NEWS
CT lung cancer screening cost-effective in NLST
November 7, 2014 -- Lung cancer screening was found to be reasonably cost-effective in the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), but real-world results could vary based on screening methodology and other factors, according to the results of a long-awaited analysis in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Structured reporting of pancreatic CT makes decisions easier
November 7, 2014 -- Using structured rather than narrative reporting for CT made patient management much clearer for pancreatic cancer surgeons, as it is less likely to leave out important information needed to determine whether tumors can be surgically removed, according to a study in Radiology.
RBMA: What the midterm election results mean for radiology
November 6, 2014 -- What does the Republican Party's resounding win in Tuesday's midterm elections mean for radiology? The Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) and its legislative affairs advisors have been following the election and offer an analysis.
MICI Q4: Rad administrators show acceptance of new reality
November 6, 2014 -- It's been said that acceptance is the fifth and final stage of loss. If that's the case, then radiology administrators appear to have accepted that the golden days of medical imaging are over, and they are moving on into the specialty's new reality, according to fourth-quarter numbers from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI).
Even small amounts of plaque linked to heart attack, death
November 6, 2014 -- A study of nearly 38,000 patients that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that even small amounts of coronary artery plaque increased the risk of heart attack or death a year after diagnosis.
Radiation safety from the medical physicist's perspective
November 5, 2014 -- The call to action regarding patient radiation dose safety has flooded the healthcare industry with a wide array of new options, recommendations, requirements, and regulations that are pushing organizations to revamp radiation safety initiatives across the board.
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.
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