Will AI soon put radiologists out of a job?
July 11, 2016 -- Are radiologists really "wasted protoplasms" -- as allegedly described recently by a CEO of a medical imaging start-up company -- who can be easily replaced in the future with artificial intelligence (AI) technology? Not so fast, according to Dr. Eliot Siegel of the University of Maryland.
Ultrasound might be better choice for shoulder than MRI
July 11, 2016 -- Can musculoskeletal ultrasound obviate the need for MRI in adult patients with shoulder pain? Perhaps, as most of the time the combination of radiography and ultrasound is all that's needed, according to research published in the July issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Lancet study maps 2015 MERS outbreak in South Korea
July 8, 2016 -- A single patient transmitted the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) to nearly half of those infected with the virus during the 2015 outbreak in South Korea, according to a study published online on July 8 in Lancet.
OPPS 2017: More cuts in store for radiology?
July 8, 2016 -- Fasten your seat belts: On July 6, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a proposed rule for the 2017 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System -- and if it's finalized, radiology may experience further payment cuts.
How to evaluate, use imaging clinical decision support
July 8, 2016 -- Although recent research found that radiology clinical decision-support (CDS) software did not result in imaging orders being sent to other institutions, it's natural for hospitals to still be wary of annoying their referring physicians. Much can be done, though, to win clinician support and succeed with CDS, explains Dr. Stephen Herman from MedCurrent.
Shear-wave elastography can predict esophageal varices
July 7, 2016 -- Shear-wave elastography can noninvasively predict the presence of esophageal varices in patients with the first stage of liver cirrhosis, and bests other measures for spotting high-risk varices, according to research published in the July issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.
Could machine learning diagnose Alzheimer's disease?
July 7, 2016 -- Could techniques like machine learning help radiologists diagnose Alzheimer's disease? Dutch researchers used machine-learning software to analyze arterial spin-labeled MRI scans for signs of abnormal perfusion that could be a predictor of Alzheimer's, according to a study published on July 6 in Radiology.
CMS releases 2017 OPPS rule for outpatient payments
July 7, 2016 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on July 6 released a proposed rule for the 2017 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System, covering payments for outpatient services.
Bundling for value is goal for 2017 radiology CPT codes
July 6, 2016 -- The phrase "potentially misvalued services" will play a key role in the changes that will be made by the American Medical Association to the 2017 current procedural terminology (CPT) codes. In this article, Jeff Majchrzak of Panacea Healthcare Solutions offers a look at what's coming.
JAMA: No link between gadolinium and parkinsonism
July 5, 2016 -- There is some good news regarding the potential health effects of gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs). Canadian researchers found no association between GBCAs for MRI scans and parkinsonism in a study published in the July 5 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.