Neonatal PACS snafu leads to notification software
July 23, 2015 -- Neonatal imaging exams are not the studies you want slipping through the cracks. After a PACS software upgrade caused a spike in report turnaround times for neonatal imaging studies, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital developed notification software to alert radiologists that these exams were ready to be read.
Women at high risk for breast cancer don't get needed care
July 22, 2015 -- Notifying women at high risk of breast cancer through a patient letter doesn't seem to prompt them to take advantage of the services provided by a high-risk assessment clinic -- in fact, 85% of these women don't attend the clinic, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
CT provides fresh revelations about ancient Egypt
July 22, 2015 -- CT has reached a level of such sophistication that we can now pinpoint incredible detail inside mummies, turning CT into 3D volumes and then segmenting the data, a leading expert told attendees at last week's "The Curious World of Radiology" seminar.
How to avoid Medicare CT scan payment denials
July 22, 2015 -- Are your Medicare claims for CT services at risk of being rejected because they resemble "improper" scans? In this article, Jeff Majchrzak of Panacea Healthcare Solutions describes how to avoid submitting billing reports that raise red flags at the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
AHRA: Is clinical decision support a blessing or curse?
July 21, 2015 -- Imaging has been under scrutiny, with policymakers touting techniques such as prior authorization and clinical decision support (CDS) as ways to reduce inappropriate exams. But how effective are these techniques, particularly CDS? It's not yet clear, according to a presentation given this week at the AHRA annual meeting in Las Vegas.
SPECT distinguishes TBI, PTSD in broad population
July 20, 2015 -- SPECT is once again showing its value by distinguishing the fine line between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) in nonmilitary patients, which should lead to better treatment for the disorders.
MGH saves money and time printing 3D hearts
July 17, 2015 -- Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston say that having a 3D rapid prototyping printer in the cardiac imaging department is a potential boon for procedure planning and patient education -- and it doesn't break the bank.
AAPM: Mammo radiation dose 30% lower than thought
July 16, 2015 -- Women receive about 30% less radiation during screening mammography than has long been assumed, which suggests that the "harm" of radiation dose in mammography also has been overestimated, according to research presented on July 15 at the 2015 American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) meeting in Anaheim, CA.
Making a Difference as a Sonographer: Priorities
July 16, 2015 -- As a sonographer, if you are not at 100%, you are doing a disservice to yourself and your patients. It's crucial to prioritize your mental and physical health, explains echocardiographer Doug Wuebben, who, along with coach Mark Roozen, shares some advice and exercises to improve your strength and flexibility.
AAPM: Fetal CT dose calculator offers easy, accurate estimates
July 15, 2015 -- A new technique that calculates fetal dose from CT scans given to pregnant women is accurate and easy to perform, according to a study presented at this week's American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2015 annual meeting in Anaheim, CA.