Use of imaging in inpatient setting lags overall growth
January 8, 2013 -- Use of noninvasive diagnostic imaging in the hospital inpatient setting lagged overall imaging growth from 2000 to 2010, and the share of imaging being done on an inpatient basis dropped from 32% to 25%, said Dr. Vijay Rao from Thomas Jefferson University.  Discuss
New technologies drive Medicare breast screening costs higher
January 7, 2013 -- Medicare costs for breast screening are being driven higher by new technologies such as digital mammography and computer-aided detection, which are being adopted in spite of limited data on their effectiveness, according to a study published on Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.  Discuss
Use of ultrasound to guide central venous catheters lags
January 7, 2013 -- Despite compelling clinical evidence and recommendations from a number of organizations, utilization of ultrasound to guide placement of central venous catheters still remains low, according to a recent presentation.  Discuss
Practice of Ultrasound: Part 9 -- Image quality
January 4, 2013 -- presents the ninth 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 illustrates why everything depends on image quality.  Discuss
3D/4D ultrasound imaging: Coming of age
January 4, 2013 -- Although high-performance 3D/4D technology has been available in ultrasound for years, it hasn't routinely been used in all clinical practices. That may change in 2013, however, thanks to a number of key trends that are expected to drive widespread adoption.  Discuss
Don't redo CT for mild head trauma if patient is stable
January 4, 2013 -- An initial CT exam after mild head trauma is a good idea because it can show bleeding in the brain. Repeating the scan, however, is unlikely to yield additional benefits or change management if the patient is stable, according to a new study in the January issue of Neurosurgery.  Discuss
Brain fMRI shows negative effect of fructose on eating habits
January 3, 2013 -- Using functional MRI (fMRI), Yale University researchers may have uncovered one of the keys to the obesity epidemic: that ingestion of fructose changes brain activity in regions that regulate appetite and produce feelings of being full. Study results were published in the January 2 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Discuss
SBRT halves cost vs. IMRT for prostate cancer
January 3, 2013 -- As members of Congress grapple over ways to reduce the U.S. budget, the publication on December 27 in the American Journal of Clinical Oncology of a complex model analyzing the costs of radiation therapy for prostate cancer seems particularly timely.  Discuss
Lymph node ratio predicts RT benefit for oral cancer
January 3, 2013 -- Radiation therapy (RT) can benefit some patients with oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma, but they can suffer acute as well as long-term toxicities. The use of lymph node ratios may help identify which patients will benefit the most, according to an article published online in Radiotherapy and Oncology.  Discuss
House signs off on SGR bill with $800M in imaging cuts
January 2, 2013 -- The U.S. House of Representatives voted on January 1 to approve the Senate's fiscal cliff bill that averts a 27% reimbursement cut due to the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. But the legislation also includes $800 million in Medicare cuts to advanced medical imaging services -- on top of additional cuts proposed in 2012.  Discuss
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