ACR urges CMS to cover breast tomosynthesis
July 24, 2014 -- The American College of Radiology (ACR) is urging the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reimburse providers for digital breast tomosynthesis. Women currently have to pay for tomosynthesis out of pocket, despite growing evidence of the technology's superiority over conventional digital mammography.
AAPM: Radiomics helps fine-tune radiation therapy dose
July 24, 2014 -- By extracting statistical information and other measurements from PET images using a data analysis technique called radiomics, researchers have developed a way to determine radiation therapy dose more accurately, according to a study presented this week at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) meeting.
Radiology: A bellwether for healthcare reform?
July 23, 2014 -- In the Affordable Care Act era, can radiology make the shift from contributing to rising healthcare costs to becoming a guardian of appropriate imaging utilization? That's the proposition in a recent opinion article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association by radiologists from Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Case report: TAE for life-threatening hemobilia
July 23, 2014 -- In this case report, radiologists from Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in the United Arab Emirates describe their use of transcatheter arterial embolization (TAE) to treat a 33-year-old pregnant woman who developed life-threatening hemobilia.
General practitioners order more imaging in Australia
July 22, 2014 -- General practitioners in Australia are placing more orders for medical imaging exams, with total orders for imaging growing 45% from 2005 to 2012, according to a survey released this week from the University of Sydney. The numbers also indicate a shift away from general radiography and toward more advanced modalities such as ultrasound, CT, and MRI.
Study finds rads working longer, postponing retirement
July 22, 2014 -- Radiologists say they're working more hours and expect to retire later than they'd prefer, according to a new study published in Academic Radiology. How they handle their exit from the workforce will have major ramifications for future job prospects for radiologists.
MedXT leverages consumer IT for cloud-based RIS/PACS
July 21, 2014 -- A number of imaging pundits over the years have wistfully wondered why advances in consumer-oriented information technologies aren't applied more broadly to imaging informatics. San Francisco start-up MedXT hopes to bridge that technology gap with its cloud-based RIS/PACS software.
MRI links antipsychotic drugs to brain loss
July 21, 2014 -- MR images of patients with schizophrenia have confirmed that antipsychotic drugs can lead to a decrease in brain volume, but the drugs do not appear to cause adverse cognitive issues. The study also found that the rate of brain loss was greater when the dose of medication was higher.
Study: Nonobstructive coronary disease has its own risks
July 18, 2014 -- Individuals found to have nonobstructive plaque at angiography are routinely sent home without being stented. But a new study from Colorado suggests that simply dismissing these patients and hoping for the best could be dangerous.
Making a Difference as a Sonographer: Tennis elbow, part 1
July 17, 2014 -- Just because you don't play tennis or racket sports doesn't mean you can't come down with tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis. A painful condition caused by overuse, tennis elbow can be triggered by repetitive movements on the job, such as the daily work of a sonographer.

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