Are imaging sites ready for new Joint Commission rules? June 22, 2015 -- On July 1, a new era of intense scrutiny and documentation will arrive for CT and other imaging modalities, thanks to new Joint Commission accreditation requirements that become effective on that date. Unfortunately, most radiology departments aren't remotely ready to fulfill the requirements, according to a talk at the International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT.
Florbetaben-PET finds more beta-amyloid plaques June 22, 2015 -- New research indicates that PET imaging with the radiotracer florbetaben can detect a form of beta-amyloid plaque that develops early in the brain. The findings could possibly lead to the earlier detection of Alzheimer's disease, as well as new clinical indications for florbetaben.
Lung disease goes undiagnosed in many smokers June 22, 2015 -- More than half of long-term smokers who pass lung-function tests are actually living with lung disease that remains undiagnosed, according to a study published online Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.
'Teaching session' sours docs on screening younger women June 19, 2015 -- The number of primary care physicians who would recommend screening mammography to women in their 40s plummeted after they received information in a "teaching session" about the "harms" of screening, according to a study published in the Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare.
OCT tool offers fast intraoperative brain tumor imaging June 19, 2015 -- A new brain tumor imaging technique based on optical coherence tomography (OTC) may offers surgeons a highly accurate way to visualize -- and ultimately resect -- malignant tumors during surgery, according to a report from Johns Hopkins University.
Hygiene education prompts rads to clean up their act June 18, 2015 -- Giving radiologists information about the importance of disinfection and sanitization practices at the workstation prompted them to clean their work areas more often, according to the results of a Canadian study. The researchers believe the findings offer hope for reducing bacterial contamination in the workplace.
Social media boosts awareness of new research June 18, 2015 -- It can be hard for researchers to find the time to use social media. But if they want to broaden the reach of studies published in peer-reviewed journals, it's really worth the effort, according to research published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
PACS replaces planes for image transfer in Arctic June 17, 2015 -- A remote spot in an eastern Arctic region of Canada that is closer to Greenland than Toronto has received its first CT scanner, as well as a PACS and satellite link to go with it. The new technologies are revolutionizing healthcare in the region, as images no longer need to be transported by cargo plane to the southern part of the country.
Is your practice invisible? Social media can help June 17, 2015 -- Radiology has an image problem: Many patients still don't understand who radiologists are and what they do, and referring physicians may believe that radiology provides a commodity rather than physician skill. But social media can help, according to a talk at the recent International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT.
No news for imaging is good news in June MedPAC report June 16, 2015 -- Recommendations for medical imaging are noticeably absent in the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's (MedPAC) June report to Congress -- a welcome break from the usual scrutiny that radiology receives from policymakers.