Siemens to launch updated Edge CT scanner at RSNA 2014 November 26, 2014 -- Siemens Healthcare plans to launch an updated version of its Somatom Definition Edge single-source CT scanner at the upcoming RSNA 2014 meeting in Chicago. Edge features new x-ray tube technology that Siemens believes will make dual-energy imaging accessible at the lower price points possible with a single-source scanner.
Radiation dose creep lands on ECRI list of healthcare hazards November 25, 2014 -- The threat to patients of radiation dose creep -- in which dose slowly rises over time in digital x-ray studies -- landed on a list of healthcare hazards issued annually by nonprofit research organization ECRI Institute. Fortunately, new tools are becoming available to help facilities deal with the phenomenon.
Straight Talk From the PACSman: Extending your existing PACS November 25, 2014 -- Anyone who was raised by Depression-era parents like I was can probably relate to the statement, "If you can't buy new, then you make do." That's also the new mantra for PACS: Facilities must maximize the life and performance of their existing systems while minimizing financial, technical, and operational resources.
Researchers develop device to ease mammo discomfort November 25, 2014 -- Dutch researchers have developed a new mammography paddle that they believe will ease the compression discomfort that patients experience during mammography exams, according to a study to be presented at the upcoming RSNA 2014 meeting.
Nonphysician providers order more imaging exams November 24, 2014 -- Nonphysician healthcare staff, such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants, are 30% more likely than primary care physicians to order imaging exams for patients, concludes a new study published online Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Payment cuts drive MRI to hospital outpatient setting November 24, 2014 -- The number of MRI scans performed in hospital outpatient imaging departments has surpassed the amount performed in private offices. The change is due in part to reimbursement cuts that have made private-office MRI considerably less economically viable, according to a study published online November 15 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Tips for coding percutaneous image-guided fluid collection November 24, 2014 -- There has been some confusion lately regarding several recent CPT codes added by the American Medical Association for percutaneous image-guided fluid collection. In his latest column, Jeff Majchrzak of Panacea Healthcare Solutions provides guidance for how to code these new procedures.
ABUS plus mammo boosts cancer detection rate by more than 30% November 21, 2014 -- Adding automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) to mammography for breast cancer screening increases the detection rate of invasive cancers by more than 30%, according to a study by Dr. Rachel Brem that has been published in Radiology.
3D printing from MRI untangles congenital heart surgery November 21, 2014 -- Taking cardiac MR images and turning them into 3D prints of the entire heart has gone from experiment to clinical use in Peoria, IL. It is helping doctors there plan complex congenital heart surgeries in young children, according to a presentation at the American Heart Association annual meeting in Chicago.