Economic pressures take toll on Iranian radiology
April 13, 2014 -- Radiologists in Iran have suffered through a series of economic body blows over the past three years, ranging from economic sanctions to currency collapse and misguided government policies. While the worst appears to be over, economic pressures continue to have a dramatic effect on Iranian radiologists.
DR tomo holds promise for fungal pneumonia surveillance
April 11, 2014 -- Tomosynthesis with digital radiography (DR) could be a useful tool for following patients with neutropenia for signs of fungal pneumonia. Researchers from the University of Washington said the technique could offer better performance than conventional x-ray without the radiation dose of CT.
Researchers turn to technologists for better clinical histories
April 11, 2014 -- Researchers from Ohio were able to dramatically improve the clinical histories submitted with patient images by turning to radiologic technologists, who provided far more detailed -- and useful -- histories than referring physicians. The researchers believe the more complete histories will lead to better image interpretation.
MRI reveals football's toll on high school athletes
April 10, 2014 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Brain changes resulting from traumatic brain injury are measurable on MRI after just one season of high school football, even if the athletes never experienced a concussion, according to a study presented on Tuesday at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons meeting.
Is there a silver lining to the 2014 SGR patch?
April 10, 2014 -- The latest effort to avert cuts to Medicare physician payments mandated by the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula may be another in a long line of temporary fixes, but it also represents a victory for radiology, with language mandating the use of appropriateness criteria, transparency around payment policy, and radiation dose management.
Radiology ranks No. 7 of Medicare highest-paid specialties
April 10, 2014 -- Well, it could have been worse. Radiology ranked seventh of the top 10 medical specialties that received the most in Medicare payments in 2012, based on data released April 9 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Off-label use unlocks contrast ultrasound for radiology in U.S.
April 9, 2014 -- While the interminable wait continues for U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of ultrasound contrast agents in radiology applications, the delay doesn't preclude their clinical use now in the U.S., according to a presentation by Dr. Richard Barr, PhD, at last week's American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine meeting.
Chest x-ray still has value for tuberculosis screening
April 9, 2014 -- Should low-dose CT replace chest radiography for determining whether patients scheduled for immunosuppressive therapy have latent tuberculosis? Not yet, according to German researchers, who believe chest radiography still has a role to play.
Annals opinions: Reboot needed on breast screening debate
April 8, 2014 -- It's time for both sides of the mammography screening debate to drop the same old arguments and start thinking about the problem of breast cancer in new ways, according to two opinion papers published online April 8 in Annals of Internal Medicine.
Youth, debt load discourage RADPAC contributions
April 8, 2014 -- Radiology residents don't mind contributing to U.S. radiology's RADPAC political action committee -- that is, unless they're young, in debt, or have kids, according to a survey published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

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