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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 41: Rude to your face
July 13, 2017 -- This is the season for interns to show up at their new homes in the radiology department. Ryan wonders if there are any similarities between intern year and the military -- a notion that Andy finds amusing -- in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend.
Primary care docs not ready to discuss mammo screening
July 12, 2017 -- Despite the recent emphasis on the importance of shared decision-making between women and their doctors regarding mammography screening, primary care providers are ill-equipped to discuss the topic, according to a study published online June 28 in the Journal of Women's Health.
DWI-MRI shows vision changes could predict Parkinson's
July 12, 2017 -- With the help of diffusion-weighted MR imaging (DWI-MRI), researchers in Italy have uncovered changes in the visual systems of patients newly diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, according to a study published online July 11 in Radiology.
Insurance coverage for CTC boosts screening
July 11, 2017 -- Patients who have insurance coverage for CT colonography (CTC), also known as virtual colonoscopy, are much more likely to receive any form of colorectal cancer screening -- even a different screening test such as colonoscopy, according to research published online July 11 in Radiology.
3D ultrasound quantifies subclinical atherosclerosis
July 11, 2017 -- While detecting subclinical atherosclerosis is useful, quantifying the plaque burden is even more valuable. A 3D vascular ultrasound method can reliably perform this task and help to estimate cardiovascular risk, according to research published in the July 18 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
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