Rat study finds no brain abnormalities from GBCAs October 4, 2016 -- An evaluation of two linear gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) showed no signs of abnormalities in the brains of rats despite the presence of gadolinium. What's more, researchers found that gadolinium levels had decreased markedly 20 weeks after GBCA injection, according to results published online September 27 in Radiology.
How to prepare for radiology coding changes in 2017 October 4, 2016 -- Even though the deadline has passed for submitting comments to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on the proposed rules for the 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, it's never too late to review the changes that may occur, according to Catherine Huyghe of Panacea Healthcare Solutions.
The 3 biggest threats to radiology October 3, 2016 -- Radiology has long been an attractive field for physicians-in-training, with its generous salaries, (relatively) low rates of malpractice claims, and the consistent challenge of technological advances. But the field faces at least three threats going forward, according to an article published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Coalition: Payment for yearly breast screening threatened October 3, 2016 -- A coalition of patient groups and breast cancer experts are appealing to the U.S. Congress to protect a mandate in the Affordable Care Act that requires insurers to cover annual screening mammograms for women 40 and older.
Funding, expertise give Jump an edge on 3D hearts October 3, 2016 -- These are still the early days for advanced visualization and 3D printing, but you'd hardly know it from the operation at Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center. Researchers are hard at work building a library of 3D heart models designed to realize the potential of 3D modeling for education, surgical planning, and other applications.
Mary's Musings: We are all imagers September 30, 2016 -- What does medical imaging have to do with deep sea exploration? If your answer is "not much," then be sure to read this new column from Dr. Mary Morrison Saltz, who has just returned from a fascinating conference on new imaging technologies that span scientific disciplines.
ASTRO: PET predicts outcomes in vulvar cancer patients September 30, 2016 -- PET scans performed three months after chemoradiation treatment for vulvar cancer can be valuable for predicting overall likelihood of survival as well as the risk of local and distant disease recurrence, according to a study presented on Monday at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) meeting in Boston.
Contrast use doesn't change acute kidney injury rate September 29, 2016 -- The use of contrast media in x-ray and CT exams is probably less harmful to the kidneys than previously thought, and clinicians should reconsider the wisdom of withholding important imaging exams based on their use of contrast, even in individuals at risk, concludes a just-published study in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Tweets reveal women's perspectives on mammography September 29, 2016 -- What aspect of mammography stands out most to women who undergo the procedure? A review of the social media platform Twitter produced some revealing insights, according to a new study published online September 19 in Academic Radiology.
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 6: Python script September 29, 2016 -- Fresh off their successful first date, Ryan and Andy get ready to take the next step. But does Ryan go too far? Find out in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend.