How to maximize your breast imaging reimbursement
May 18, 2015 -- Medicare has adopted new payment policies for digital breast tomosynthesis and breast ultrasound that go into effect this year. But without the proper documentation, radiologists will lose this added revenue. Carin Carlson from Healthcare Administrative Partners tells you how to get your share.
Genetic info improves smokers' CT screening compliance
May 18, 2015 -- Adding genetic information to the cancer risk profiles of current and former smokers reclassifies their risk in more than 25% of cases, according to a study to be presented at the American Thoracic Society meeting in Denver.
New PET tracer homes in on metastatic prostate cancer
May 15, 2015 -- Researchers from Johns Hopkins University have developed a PET radiopharmaceutical for imaging metastatic prostate cancer that so far has shown superior image quality with less radiation exposure in most radiosensitive organs than its predecessor.
Analysis: CT lung cancer screening won't break the bank
May 15, 2015 -- The costs of population-wide CT lung cancer screening are likely to be reasonable and comparable to the costs of breast or colon cancer screening, according to an article in the May edition of Thoracic Surgery Clinics.
USPSTF mammo recs would cut coverage for 17M women
May 14, 2015 -- If the most recent U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) breast cancer screening guidelines are finalized, 17 million women between the ages of 40 and 49 could lose insurance coverage for mammography screening exams, according to a new report released by consulting firm Avalere Health.
Israeli start-up eyes big-data tools for imaging analysis
May 14, 2015 -- For Israeli image analysis software developer Zebra Medical Vision, size definitely matters. The start-up believes its database of 10 million curated imaging studies and extensive collaborations with researchers around the world will take image analysis algorithms to a whole new level.
Growing VNA interest prompts Fuji to buy TeraMedica
May 13, 2015 -- In a deal announced on Wednesday, Fujifilm Medical Systems USA made a move to increase its presence in the rapidly growing market for vendor-neutral archive (VNA) software and services by acquiring VNA developer TeraMedica.
CMS: Radiologists are buying into PQRS program
May 13, 2015 -- Participation by radiologists in the U.S. government's Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) has been high, according to a report recently issued by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Leading the pack are interventional radiologists, with nearly three-quarters participating.
Contrast US flexes muscle against gallbladder disease
May 13, 2015 -- Early detection is important for all cancers, but it's particularly crucial for the often-deadly gallbladder carcinoma. Contrast-enhanced ultrasound can be a useful weapon in the battle to diagnose gallbladder cancer sooner, according to researchers from China.
Mednax to buy teleradiology firm vRad for $500M
May 12, 2015 -- In a sign of continued turbulence within the teleradiology services industry, teleradiology provider Virtual Radiologic (vRad) has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by national medical group Mednax for $500 million.