RADIOLOGY NEWS
CAC best predicts heart disease in kidney patients
September 2, 2014 -- Coronary artery calcium (CAC) as calculated from CT scans was by far the best predictor of cardiovascular disease in individuals with chronic kidney disease, just as it is in the population at large, concludes a new study in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Tomosynthesis can replace CT for many chest exams
September 2, 2014 -- A new study by Swedish radiologists performed under real-world conditions indicates that digital chest tomosynthesis can replace CT for a number of lung exams, saving both money and radiation dose. The research confirms previous studies on the role tomo can play in carving out a middle ground between CT and conventional chest radiography.
Ultralow-dose SPECT provides top image quality, less radiation
August 29, 2014 -- With an eye toward lowering radiation exposure, a group of researchers found that an ultralow-dose high-efficiency SPECT scan for myocardial perfusion imaging can achieve better image quality than standard low-dose SPECT, according to a study published in the September Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
Is more radiology code bundling in store for 2015?
August 29, 2014 -- Is more code bundling in store for radiology in 2015? It just might be as the American Medical Association seeks to correct healthcare services that it perceives to be "misvalued," according to the first in a series of new articles by Panacea Healthcare Solutions.
ACR cries foul as DNA test beats CTC to Medicare approval
August 28, 2014 -- The American College of Radiology (ACR) is crying foul after the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently approved a stool DNA test for colorectal cancer screening -- as reimbursement for CT colonography (CTC) continues to languish.
Exercise equipment in reading room gets radiologists moving
August 28, 2014 -- Ever feel like you're on a treadmill? Some radiologists at the University of Washington get that feeling every day, especially after exercise equipment was installed in their reading room. It's all in the name of keeping radiologists healthy by improving their physical activity, according to an article in the September American Journal of Roentgenology.
Ultrasound elastography accurately predicts fibrosis
August 28, 2014 -- Real-time shear-wave elastography isn't just effective for assessing fibrosis in patients with hepatitis C. It also performs well in a broader patient population with diffuse liver disease, according to research published in the September issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Sonivate points finger toward future of ultrasound
August 27, 2014 -- Ultrasound needs a little more of a human touch. That's the concept behind SonicEye, a fingertip-worn ultrasound probe developed by Oregon-based start-up Sonivate Medical. The company is moving SonicEye to market with significant backing from the U.S. Department of Defense.
DTI-MRI shows how Wii can improve balance in MS patients
August 27, 2014 -- Using diffusion-tensor MRI (DTI-MRI), Italian researchers detected brain changes related to improved balance and movement in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients who regularly trained on a Nintendo Wii balance board for 12 weeks. Results were published online in Radiology.
Minnies 2014 semifinal candidates
August 26, 2014 -- The list of candidates for the 2014 edition of the Minnies, AuntMinnie.com's campaign to recognize the best and brightest in medical imaging, is now available. This year's campaign features 201 candidates in 14 categories.
Segmentation technique supports coronary CAD
August 26, 2014 -- A new coronary artery segmentation and tracking method is showing promise for supporting computer-aided detection (CAD) schemes that can read coronary CT angiography scans to look for arteries blocked by both soft and calcified plaque, according to research published in Medical Physics.
AMGA survey: Radiologist compensation has increased
August 26, 2014 -- Radiologist compensation rose over the three-year period from 2011 to 2014, including an increase from 2013 to 2014, according to a new survey on physician salaries conducted by the American Medical Group Association (AMGA).
JACR: In a flat job market, it pays to be flexible
August 25, 2014 -- The U.S. radiology job market in 2014 appears to be flat, with 1,114 new positions compared to last year's 1,069, according to the third annual workforce survey by the ACR's Commission on Human Resources. The survey results were published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
MRI-guided catheter could upgrade stroke treatment
August 22, 2014 -- A new steerable MRI-guided catheter can navigate through blood vessels from the groin to the brain in a search for clots to destroy, according to research from the University of California, San Francisco.
Owner of sham Calif. imaging center gets 8 years
August 21, 2014 -- The owner of a bogus imaging center in California that billed Medicare for $20 million in prescriptions for antipsychotic medications -- but never performed a single medical imaging exam -- received eight years in prison from a federal judge on August 18.
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