Reject analysis program slashes unusable DR studies October 11, 2016 -- Researchers from the University of Chicago were able to cut their reject rate for digital radiography (DR) studies by almost 50% through an aggressive program of reject analysis and radiologic technologist education. However, they found their efforts hampered by the lack of an industry-standard terminology for rejected DR studies.
Patients want radiologists reading their exams October 10, 2016 -- Despite suggestions that other medical professionals should be able to order and interpret imaging exams, patients would prefer that radiologists interpret their studies, according to research published in the October issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
How to avoid radiology claim denials: Medical necessity October 7, 2016 -- What's the best way to avoid payor denials for radiology services? In the next article in a series on claim denials, Sandy Coffta of Healthcare Administrative Partners offers tips on how your staff can avoid denials through better documentation of medical necessity.
Success of urgent neck CTA rests on patient selection October 7, 2016 -- The usefulness of neck CT angiography (CTA) in trauma cases is restricted by its cost, radiation dose, and contrast side effects, so careful clinical evaluation of potential candidates based on the internationally accepted criteria is essential, according to new research.
Contrast US boosts diagnostic power of breast ultrasound October 6, 2016 -- Contrast-enhanced ultrasound can be an effective method for the differential diagnosis of benign and malignant breast lesions, offering improvements in diagnostic accuracy over conventional breast ultrasound, according to research published in the October issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.
Head CT algorithm a step toward faster stroke care October 6, 2016 -- Using automated software to interpret head CT scans could someday slash the time emergency doctors need to start clot-busting treatments in cases of suspected ischemic stroke, according to a method proposed in a SPIE Newsroom technical article.
Will machine learning turn radiologists into losers? October 5, 2016 -- Machine learning will "displace much of the work of radiologists" and other physicians who rely on interpreting digitized images, according to an opinion article published September 29 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
DBT improves lesion categorization in diagnostic setting October 5, 2016 -- Studies have shown that using digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) for breast cancer screening reduces recall rates and increases the detection of invasive cancers. But it also offers benefits in the diagnostic setting, such as helping breast imagers categorize lesions more accurately, according to a new study published in the October issue of Radiology.
Abstinence before prostate MRI offers benefits in over 60s October 5, 2016 -- Abstinence from ejaculation prior to a prostate MR examination significantly increases the volume of seminal vesicles (SVs), and thereby may well improve evaluation of SV invasion on multiparametric MRI, especially in older men, according to new research from Turkey and the U.S.