Preparing for ICD-10: Documentation for fractures October 19, 2015 -- In the second article in our series designed to assist radiologists with the transition to ICD-10-CM, Carin Carlson of Healthcare Administrative Partners takes a look at how the new codes apply to the documentation of fractures.
No need to panic: Malpractice suit rates remain stable October 16, 2015 -- The fear of being hit with a malpractice suit is an ongoing source of anxiety for radiologists, especially breast imagers. But the number of radiology malpractice claims has remained relatively stable over the past decade -- and most do not result in payments, says a new study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
FDG-PET predicts survival in Parkinsonian syndrome October 15, 2015 -- FDG-PET strongly predicts overall survival in patients suspected of having early-stage atypical Parkinsonian syndrome, according to a study in the October Journal of Nuclear Medicine. The modality's findings closely matched clinical diagnosis at one-year follow-up.
2016 CPT radiology code changes: More bundling expected October 15, 2015 -- Code bundling has become a commonly used tool for revising reimbursement levels for medical services believed to be over- or undervalued. Next year will bring a number of changes in CPT codes; in this article, Jeff Majchrzak of Panacea Healthcare Solutions offers guidance on how to navigate the changes.
Ultrasound shows thyroid cancer spike after Fukushima October 14, 2015 -- Just as many had feared, the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in March 2011 has sparked a sharp increase in thyroid cancer among children and adolescents in the area, according to a study published online in Epidemiology. And more cases may be lurking.
How CT unraveled curiosities of King Tut October 14, 2015 -- Ancient Egypt was a great civilization, but what made it great? Investigations on the mummies, including the famous case of Tutankhamun, have provided some answers. In an exclusive interview, Dr. Ashraf Selim speaks about his fascinating work and how CT shed new light on King Tut.
Hospital slashes response time for stat mobile x-ray October 13, 2015 -- A Texas hospital was able to cut radiologic technologist response time to 10 minutes for orders for stat mobile x-ray exams from the facility's medical intensive care unit, according to a September 29 article in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
BMJ: Dutch data show breast cancer screening works October 13, 2015 -- The Dutch example of breast cancer screening works, and mammography screening is a clear way of detecting cancer early, along with increased breast cancer awareness, according to the authors of a new study published in BMJ.
Choosing Wisely drives down imaging use -- sometimes October 12, 2015 -- The Choosing Wisely initiative seems to have successfully reduced unnecessary utilization of two imaging exams in the U.S. that appeared on a list of overused medical tests, according to a study published October 12 in JAMA Internal Medicine. But two other questionable imaging tests saw no decline.
3D printing helps shape radiation therapy to patients October 12, 2015 -- New uses abound for 3D printing -- and now you can add radiation therapy to the list. A Canadian medical physicist has developed a 3D printing technique that converts data from CT scans of patients into wearable pads that help radiation beams conform to patient anatomy.