ONC leaders talk turkey at HIMSS town hall meeting
April 19, 2013 -- The U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has ambitious plans for the meaningful use program. ONC head Dr. Farzad Mostashari and his team shared their goals at the recent Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting.
ARRS: Low-dose CT may produce measurement discrepancies
April 18, 2013 -- WASHINGTON, DC - The use of low-dose CT protocols could produce disturbing discrepancies in measurements of lung nodule and lymph node volumes compared with high-dose scans, according to according a study presented Wednesday at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) meeting.
ARRS: Study examines why women avoid radiology
April 17, 2013 -- WASHINGTON, DC - Why don't more female medical students choose careers as radiologists? A Canadian survey has found a number of reasons for the reluctance of women to pick medical imaging as a specialty, according to a study presented Tuesday at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) meeting.
Postmortem MRI shows sudden cardiac death invisible at autopsy
April 17, 2013 -- In results that add substantial forensic power to identifying the cause of death, postmortem cardiac 3-tesla MRI has been found to identify sudden cardiac death in cases that are invisible at conventional autopsy, according to new research published online in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
ARRS: Take care in setting up peer-review programs
April 16, 2013 -- WASHINGTON, DC - Most radiologists polled in a recent survey agree that peer review is an important component of any quality assurance initiative. But most would rather see peer review conducted anonymously, according to a study presented Monday at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) annual meeting.
CT scans do double duty as osteoporosis test
April 16, 2013 -- In an era of healthcare cuts that often lead to fewer procedures being performed, existing CT data offer the rare advantage of a free extra test -- namely a bone mineral density study that's there for the taking but that usually goes unused, according to an article in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Breast CAD's effectiveness questioned again in new study
April 15, 2013 -- Dr. Joshua Fenton of the University of California, Davis has emerged as one of the most prominent skeptics of computer-aided detection (CAD) technology for breast screening. Fenton is again questioning CAD's effectiveness in a new study published online April 15 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Former Dartmouth-Hitchcock radiology resident files suit
April 15, 2013 -- Former Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center radiology resident Christyna Faulkner has sued the hospital and four of its physicians alleging wrongful termination, discrimination, and disclosure of personal medical information, according to news reports and a petition she filed at the website change.org.
The Practice of Ultrasound: Part 10 -- Trustworthy ultrasound
April 15, 2013 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the 10th in a series of columns on the practice of ultrasound from Dr. Jason Birnholz, one of the pioneers of this modality. In this installment, he discusses fetal gender determination and behavior, as well as why withholding information is a violation of trust.
Advanced CT reconstruction improves cardiac plaque assessment
April 12, 2013 -- Automated plaque assessment in coronary CT angiography is a promising new way to evaluate a patient's plaque burden quickly and noninvasively -- but it won't be quick or accurate without the use of advanced iterative reconstruction, according to researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
President's 2014 budget takes on self-referral
April 11, 2013 -- In its 2014 budget plan released April 10, the Obama administration has directly targeted self-referral, proposing that certain imaging services be excluded from the in-office ancillary services exception to the federal Stark law. Unfortunately, the budget also proposes prior authorization for imaging services.
Top 10 @ ARRS 2013
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