Switch to macrocyclic GBCAs reduces brain signals November 21, 2016 -- As more studies weigh the risks and benefits of gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs), German researchers have discovered that switching from a linear GBCA to a macrocyclic GBCA reduced the level of residual signal intensity in the brains of patients who underwent multiple enhanced MRI scans with both types of agents.
Top 10 lessons for planning enterprise imaging strategy November 21, 2016 -- It can be tough to allot time for strategic planning in today's busy world. But it's definitely worth the effort to develop a detailed and meaningful strategic plan for enterprise imaging, according to a November 17 webinar sponsored by the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine.
NY radiology firm to pay $8M in fraud settlement November 18, 2016 -- New York radiology group Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology pleaded guilty on November 16 to Medicare and Medicaid fraud, agreeing to pay more than $8 million to settle an investigation that began more than two years ago with an FBI raid on the firm's offices in March 2014.
Primary care doctors want help with incidental findings November 18, 2016 -- Incidental findings on imaging exams are common, and often primary care physicians aren't clear which ones need follow-up and which do not. The expertise of radiologists can go a long way toward clarifying the clinical situation, according to a new study published in the November issue of Radiology.
Is the U.S. due for a shortage of SPECT tracers? Part 2 November 18, 2016 -- In the second part of our series on the coming shortage of SPECT radiopharmaceuticals, Giananthony Rizzo of Decision Resources Group examines other factors in the U.S. healthcare industry that could affect isotope prices in the future.
Study finds differences in CCTA plaque measurements November 17, 2016 -- Coronary CT angiography (CCTA) measurements of coronary artery plaque volumes are reproducible at follow-up when the same scanner is used, but reproducibility declines below acceptable levels when follow-up is performed on a different scanner model, concludes a study published recently in Radiology.
Is the U.S. due for a shortage of SPECT tracers? Part 1 November 17, 2016 -- A perfect storm is brewing in the global SPECT market that could see the prices of radiopharmaceuticals skyrocket over the next five years. A number of factors are coalescing that could lead to a shortage of SPECT tracers for years to come, according to this article by Giananthony Rizzo of Decision Resources Group.
DBT use grows, but barriers remain November 16, 2016 -- Although digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) has become increasingly accepted as a clinical tool, access to the technology remains limited. In fact, while a third of U.S. radiology practices use it, only 11% of those that do are performing all mammograms with DBT, according to a study in the November Journal of the American College of Radiology.
3 questions to shape the future of AI and radiology November 16, 2016 -- The introduction of disruptive healthcare technologies rarely threatens the role of the clinician -- but radiology is fast becoming the exception. In this column, Dr. Christopher Austin of GE Healthcare suggests three questions that radiologists should ask themselves if they want to lead and not follow the changes that are coming.