CMS, ONC officials preview new EHR incentive program
January 21, 2016 -- Though existing meaningful use regulations still remain in effect, the U.S. government plans to propose new regulations in the spring that will detail how the electronic health record (EHR) incentive program will transition to align with recent initiatives promoting value-based care.
MRI waiting room amenities improve patient satisfaction
January 20, 2016 -- MRI centers that provide a comfortable waiting environment with a variety of conveniences may see happier patients -- who may even believe they're spending less time waiting, according to a study published online January 4 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Study finds differences in how breast density is measured
January 20, 2016 -- A study of nearly 2,000 breast cancer patients who underwent screening mammography found significant differences between three different methods of measuring breast density -- though breast cancer risk predictions were similar among the techniques, concludes a report in Radiology.
Study finds CT use has doubled for minor injuries
January 19, 2016 -- The use of CT for minor injuries has doubled in the past decade, according to a study of more than 8.5 million California patients in the Journal of Surgical Research. The increase may indicate that it's time to redouble efforts to ensure that radiation is used appropriately.
Is testing for peripheral arterial disease overutilized?
January 19, 2016 -- Despite little growth in the prevalence of peripheral arterial disease, utilization of tests for the condition grew rapidly from 2001 to 2013. This increase may reflect overutilization and possibly the effects of self-referral among cardiologists and surgeons, according to a new study.
UAE offers open, cosmopolitan environment
January 19, 2016 -- Working in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) can be a very positive and rewarding experience, according to the international chest imaging expert Dr. Jung-Gi Im, PhD. He's been based in the region for more than a year and became an honorary member of the RSNA last month.
Security concerns lead to cancellation of ESTI 2016
January 18, 2016 -- The annual meeting of the European Society of Thoracic Imaging (ESTI), scheduled to take place in Istanbul from 26 to 28 May, has been called off due to security worries in the Turkish city.
Emphysema-related COPD on CT signals higher malignancy risk
January 18, 2016 -- Individuals who have certain types of emphysema may also be at higher risk of cancer if they have suspicious nodules found on CT lung cancer screening scans, according to new research. The findings could help researchers better determine which suspicious nodules warrant further workup.
Cardboard VR viewer helps docs see infant's heart defects
January 18, 2016 -- Florida doctors were able to plan a successful surgical procedure on an infant with severe heart defects, using cardiac CT images visualized with a virtual reality (VR) image viewer made from cardboard.
Internet search analysis offers window into patient interests
January 15, 2016 -- Patients are getting savvier about healthcare, often using social media or online searches to get information about particular exams or procedures. So what can the Internet tell us about patient interest in cancer screening, specifically imaging-based exams?
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