Assigning E&M codes for interventional radiology August 11, 2016 -- Can interventional radiologists (IRs) bill evaluation and management (E&M) codes? What do Medicare's global surgery rules have to say about when and how to assign them? Donna Richmond from Panacea Healthcare Solutions offers advice.
Why do Iranian women avoid mammography screening? August 11, 2016 -- Why aren't more women in Iran seeking out breast screening? A new study shows that social, cultural, and religious factors constitute major barriers to mammography adherence, and the authors call for breast health educational programs to do more to encourage women to get screened.
ACR projects 16% job growth for radiologists in 2016 August 10, 2016 -- The number of new jobs available for radiologists in 2016 will be 16% higher than those available in 2015, according to the fifth annual workforce survey by the Commission on Human Resources at the American College of Radiology (ACR). The study was published online August 3 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Synthetic 2D mammo gets thumbs up in screening role August 10, 2016 -- Synthetic 2D mammograms received the thumbs up for breast cancer screening from researchers at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in a July 28 article published in Radiology. They say the exams are good enough to replace conventional digital mammography studies as a complement to digital breast tomosynthesis.
MICI Q3: Rad administrator sentiment slips -- or does it? August 9, 2016 -- New numbers from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI) hint at a dip in optimism among radiology administrators leading into the third quarter of 2016. But organizers of the index caution that the numbers do not have the statistical significance to state definitively that sentiment is declining.
3D imaging helps diagnose 1.7-million-year-old cancer August 8, 2016 -- Cancer is often thought to be a product of modern times and lifestyles, but researchers have discovered what they believe is the earliest case of malignancy -- in a fossil from an early human ancestor who lived about 1.7 million years ago. The key to diagnosing this ancient cancer was advanced 3D imaging technology.
6 steps to getting a new CT scanner approved August 5, 2016 -- Do you need a CT scanner or other capital equipment for your radiology department, but aren't sure how to seal the deal? The road from recognizing a need to powering up that million-dollar machine can be long -- and strewn with potholes that only planning and preparation can fill, according to CT expert Dr. Geoffrey Rubin.
Can elastography help guide breast cancer treatment? August 5, 2016 -- Shear-wave elastography measurements of tumor stiffness can predict early on if breast cancer patients won't respond to neoadjuvant chemotherapy, enabling clinicians to quickly switch to a different treatment strategy, according to research published in the August issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.
HIMSS/SIIM paper offers advice on enterprise image viewers August 4, 2016 -- Interested in adopting an enterprise viewer for reviewing images in the electronic health record? There are some key issues to be aware of, according to a white paper jointly produced by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM).
PET/CT calcium scores reveal chemo's damage to the heart August 4, 2016 -- By comparing baseline and follow-up coronary calcium scores from PET/CT scans of lymphoma patients after chemotherapy, researchers say they can better follow the cancer treatment's debilitating impact on the heart, and perhaps get a better handle on possible cardiotoxicity.