Emergency departments continue to drive CT use
November 11, 2014 -- Bucking an overall downward trend in utilization of advanced imaging services, emergency departments are still seeing growth in imaging, especially in CT use, which has tripled over the past decade, according to a new article in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
CMS says yes to CT lung cancer screening for seniors
November 10, 2014 -- Bucking a negative assessment from its own appointed review panel, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Monday approved CT lung cancer screening for Medicare recipients, saying the evidence is sufficient to justify screening high-risk individuals until the age of 74 years.
ACR committee offers tips for incidental thyroid nodules
November 10, 2014 -- It can be hard to determine how to manage thyroid nodules detected incidentally on imaging exams. However, an American College of Radiology (ACR) committee hopes its new white paper will help those decisions be more consistent, lead to lower costs, and avoid unnecessary patient anxiety and potential morbidity.
Vigilance needed to prevent contamination of ultrasound probes
November 10, 2014 -- Although ultrasound probes are vulnerable to bacterial contamination, the good news is that the risk can be significantly reduced if the proper precautions are taken, according to a study published in the November issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
CT lung cancer screening cost-effective in NLST
November 7, 2014 -- Lung cancer screening was found to be reasonably cost-effective in the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), but real-world results could vary based on screening methodology and other factors, according to the results of a long-awaited analysis in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Structured reporting of pancreatic CT makes decisions easier
November 7, 2014 -- Using structured rather than narrative reporting for CT made patient management much clearer for pancreatic cancer surgeons, as it is less likely to leave out important information needed to determine whether tumors can be surgically removed, according to a study in Radiology.
RBMA: What the midterm election results mean for radiology
November 6, 2014 -- What does the Republican Party's resounding win in Tuesday's midterm elections mean for radiology? The Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) and its legislative affairs advisors have been following the election and offer an analysis.
MICI Q4: Rad administrators show acceptance of new reality
November 6, 2014 -- It's been said that acceptance is the fifth and final stage of loss. If that's the case, then radiology administrators appear to have accepted that the golden days of medical imaging are over, and they are moving on into the specialty's new reality, according to fourth-quarter numbers from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI).
Even small amounts of plaque linked to heart attack, death
November 6, 2014 -- A study of nearly 38,000 patients that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that even small amounts of coronary artery plaque increased the risk of heart attack or death a year after diagnosis.
Radiation safety from the medical physicist's perspective
November 5, 2014 -- The call to action regarding patient radiation dose safety has flooded the healthcare industry with a wide array of new options, recommendations, requirements, and regulations that are pushing organizations to revamp radiation safety initiatives across the board.