Minnies 2015 semifinal candidates
August 25, 2015 -- The list of candidates for the 2015 edition of the Minnies, AuntMinnie.com's campaign to recognize the best and brightest in medical imaging, is now available. This year's campaign features 207 candidates in 14 categories.
FDA readies new safety probe into gadolinium contrast
August 25, 2015 -- Once again, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is set to embark on an investigation into the safety of gadolinium-based contrast agents, after several recent studies found gadolinium deposits in the brains of some patients years after they had received contrast-enhanced MRI scans.
Kopans: JAMA Oncology paper misinterprets DCIS data
August 24, 2015 -- Just how deadly is ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)? A paper by Narod et al published on August 20 in JAMA Oncology suggests that the best way to deal with DCIS is simply to ignore it, rather than treating it aggressively. But such conclusions represent a dangerous misinterpretation of the actual data, according to Dr. Daniel Kopans.
CMS turns attention to billing for off-campus services
August 24, 2015 -- Hospitals are expanding their control of off-campus medical services, and the growing trend has drawn the attention of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The agency is implementing new billing requirements to collect data on these activities, according to Jeff Majchrzak of Panacea Healthcare Solutions.
Current AAA screening strategies may miss the mark
August 21, 2015 -- Ultrasound screening programs for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) that focus on a single round of screening for 65-year-old men will miss most acute AAAs, which occur in older men, according to a large prospective U.K. study published online in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
Radiology takes aim at MedPAC data on imaging growth
August 20, 2015 -- Advocates for radiology are criticizing new data from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) that show growth in medical imaging from 2000 to 2012. In fact, the data indicate that imaging utilization has been declining since 2009.
IBM's bid for Merge shows allure of imaging big data
August 20, 2015 -- It doesn't take IBM's Watson artificial intelligence software to discern that the computing giant has big plans for its planned acquisition of PACS and imaging software firm Merge Healthcare. Indeed, IBM views medical imaging as a key element of its vision to transform healthcare with cognitive computing and analytics.
IDEAS study to explore amyloid PET and Alzheimer's
August 20, 2015 -- Over the next five to six years, researchers, clinicians, patients, and a host of nonprofit organizations from across the U.S. will collaborate to tackle a few of the nation's most vexing and complex health issues via the Imaging Dementia -- Evidence for Amyloid Scanning (IDEAS) study of Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and cognitive impairment.
Feedback helps docs adhere to CT imaging guidelines
August 19, 2015 -- For reducing inappropriate CT scans, clinical decision-support software is a good place to start. But the software alone isn't enough to get doctors to comply, according to a study in the American Journal of Roentgenology. The researchers found that letting doctors know their ordering patterns are being watched can help.
MRI finds brain changes in boys who faced adversity
August 19, 2015 -- MRI scans have found that boys who faced challenges during the first six years of their lives had less cortical gray brain matter and altered brain structure by the time they reached their late teens or early 20s, according to a study published online August 17 in JAMA Pediatrics.