Radiology billing must adapt to patient consumerism
June 26, 2017 -- The rise of patient consumerism in healthcare is creating challenges for radiology practices. Practices may need to change their billing procedures to meet the new patient demands and expectations, according to a new column by Carin Carlson of Healthcare Administrative Partners.
ACOG sticks to 40 for breast screening, with caveats
June 23, 2017 -- Breast screening should be offered to women starting at age 40, but screening should start only after a woman discusses the best age at which to begin with her physician, according to updated guidelines released June 22 by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).
Is ferumoxytol the alternative to gadolinium MRI agents?
June 23, 2017 -- Given the concerns over the discovery of trace amounts of gadolinium in brain tissue long after contrast-enhanced MRI scans, researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles are reporting early success with an iron-based compound, ferumoxytol, to image a wide range of pediatric and adult patients.
Breast density doesn't increase mammo radiation dose
June 23, 2017 -- Although there are factors that can boost a woman's dose during a mammography exam, breast density isn't one of them, according to a study published June 7 in the Breast Journal. The findings are good news for women with dense tissue.
MRI + mammography detects recurrent breast cancer
June 22, 2017 -- Adding MRI to mammography improves the detection of recurrent breast cancer in women who have been treated for the disease, according to a study published June 22 in JAMA Oncology. What's more, MRI appears to be a better option than ultrasound as an adjunct to mammography.
Do radiologists call clinicians too often? Yes and no
June 22, 2017 -- Do you feel like you spend too much time on the phone talking to referring physicians? If so, think again: Clinicians actually value phone time with radiologists, according to a new study that found diverging opinions between radiologists who think their calls are excessive and referring physicians who appreciate the direct communication.
AI can yield patient-specific radiation dose estimates
June 22, 2017 -- A machine-learning algorithm shows potential for facilitating the holy grail of real-time, patient-specific radiation dose estimates from CT scans, according to research presented at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine annual meeting earlier this month in Pittsburgh.
FDA set to unveil new digital health devices initiative
June 21, 2017 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will soon unveil a new plan aimed at fostering innovation in digital health, according to a blog post by FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb.
The 'sky is the limit' for 7T MRI research in Boston
June 21, 2017 -- Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston is making a considerable investment in the future of radiology and patient care with its recent installation of an investigational 7-tesla MRI scanner. While the unit initially will be used for research, the hospital is open to the idea of someday using the scanner clinically.
CMS proposes revisions to simplify MACRA
June 20, 2017 -- Changes could be imminent to the U.S. government's program for shifting healthcare practices toward value-based care and away from volume. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on June 20 announced a proposed rule that aims to simplify reporting requirements under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015.