RADIOLOGY NEWS
PET is center of attention at U.K. Alzheimer's conference
July 19, 2017 -- While PET can accurately detect or exclude Alzheimer's disease by imaging beta-amyloid plaques in the brain, the modality is underutilized in clinical care, according to research presented this week at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in London.  Discuss
Gadolinium found in animal tissue regardless of GBCA type
July 18, 2017 -- Contrary to previous research, a prospective animal study has confirmed the presence of gadolinium deposits in brain tissue after the injection of both linear and macrocyclic gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs), according to results published online in Radiology.  Discuss
ACR finds favorable signs in 2018 MPFS proposed rule
July 17, 2017 -- The American College of Radiology (ACR) has found several things to like in the proposed rule for the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS). The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has backed down on a threatened mammography payment cut, while giving radiology a breather on using clinical decision support.  Discuss
Radiology call -- A rite of passage
July 17, 2017 -- This is the time of year when second-year radiology residents begin taking their first night of call. It can be a harrowing time for radiologists in training, but fortunately Dr. Barry Julius of RadsResident.com has some advice in his latest column.  Discuss
Proposed 2018 OPPS offers some positives for radiology
July 17, 2017 -- On July 13, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a proposed rule for the 2018 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System that includes some positive changes for radiology -- the most important being a delay in changing how CT and MRI costs are calculated.  Discuss
CMS releases 2018 MPFS with 1% radiology pay cut
July 14, 2017 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on July 13 released a proposed rule for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) for 2018 that includes a 1% cut in payments for radiology services.  Discuss
8 strategies to optimize radiation dose in CT
July 14, 2017 -- How can imaging providers optimize CT dose to maximize the risk-benefit ratio and deliver better patient care? In this article, Priscilla Butler from the American College of Radiology offers eight actionable strategies for managing radiation dose while still providing diagnostic quality and accuracy.  Discuss
Do older women benefit from screening mammography?
July 13, 2017 -- Do women benefit from continuing breast screening beyond the age of 70? Australian researchers are questioning whether they do, based on their statistical model that compared screening through age 69 with screening through age 74, according to a study published online on July 10 in the International Journal of Cancer.  Discuss
Radiotherapy boost based on PET not always helpful
July 13, 2017 -- Selectively increasing radiotherapy dose in tumor areas with significant uptake of the PET radiotracer F-18 fluoromisonidazole (FMISO) does not necessarily improve outcomes for non-small cell lung cancer patients, according to a phase II study published in the July issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss
New CT technique identifies blood vessel plaque
July 13, 2017 -- A new CT technique can measure blood vessel inflammation, allowing doctors to identify and treat patients at risk for cardiovascular disease, according to a U.K. study published online 12 July in Science Translational Medicine.  Discuss
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