Advocates for NaF-PET plan rebound from CMS decision
October 8, 2015 -- In a word, "disappointment" is how members of the nuclear medicine and radiology communities are reacting to last month's rejection by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of a proposal to loosen restrictions on reimbursement for sodium fluoride (NaF) PET scans to detect bone metastases.
Women say mammograms are crucial -- but don't get them
October 8, 2015 -- Although more than three-quarters of women strongly agree that getting regular mammography screening is important, just over half actually follow through, according to a study published in the September Journal of Women's Health. The study highlights a need for mammography awareness beyond just painting things pink.
U.S. government finalizes meaningful use regulations
October 8, 2015 -- With the goal of making its meaningful use IT stimulus initiative simpler and more flexible for providers, the U.S. government has issued final rules for its incentive and certification program for electronic health record software.
Preparing for ICD-10: How to document pain
October 7, 2015 -- By this time, most people working in healthcare are aware of the October 1 deadline to begin using ICD-10-CM in place of ICD-9-CM for reporting diagnoses to Medicare. In this article, Carin Carlson of Healthcare Administrative Partners takes a look at how the new codes apply to the documentation of pain.
Study: Skip CT in most blunt emergency trauma cases
October 7, 2015 -- Doctors can safely forego CT imaging in more than one-third of emergency blunt trauma cases by using clinical criteria to assess patients rather than automatically sending them to imaging, according to a study of more than 11,000 patients that was published October 6 in PLOS Medicine.
USPSTF foils CT colonography screening again
October 6, 2015 -- In a draft recommendation released today, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) appears to have thrown CT colonography under the bus again, excluding the CT-based exam from its list of recommended colorectal cancer screening tests.
fMRI shows age influences recovery time from TBI
October 6, 2015 -- Many older patients recover more slowly from concussions than younger individuals, based on different brain activation patterns seen on functional MRI (fMRI) scans. The study results, published online October 6 in Radiology, suggest that mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) may have a more profound and lasting effect among older people.
3D ultrasound-based hip segmentation is fast, accurate
October 6, 2015 -- A new automated hip segmentation algorithm that uses 3D ultrasound data produced accurate segmentations of the acetabulum in infant hips, according to a study in the International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery. The technique could improve the diagnosis of infants with developmental dysplasia of the hip.
Dig deep with data analytics to improve imaging quality
October 5, 2015 -- Sure, your radiology department tracks statistics such as report turnaround time and imaging volume. But is that enough? Not if you want to flourish in a future that emphasizes value over volume, according to a presentation at the recent New York Medical Imaging Informatics Symposium in New York City.
CT lung cancer screening doesn't boost surgical rate
October 5, 2015 -- A CT lung cancer screening program that included cardiothoracic surgeons and standardized reporting demonstrated a low rate of surgeries for patients without lung cancer, according to a paper from Massachusetts researchers published in the October Annals of Thoracic Surgery.