HOPPS 2015 rule would boost breast biopsy payments
July 10, 2014 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released a proposed rule for its 2015 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS), bringing good news to radiology in the form of a 51% increase in payment for breast biopsy procedures.
Practice of Ultrasound: Part 16 -- Breast ultrasound screening
July 10, 2014 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the 16th in a series of columns on the practice of ultrasound from Dr. Jason Birnholz, one of the pioneers of the modality. In this installment, he discusses breast cancer screening in general and the role of ultrasound in particular.
MRI use linked to patient mortality in Irish study
July 9, 2014 -- A new study of MRI use at a hospital in Ireland paints a complex picture of the modality, with higher in-hospital mortality and longer hospital stays for patients who got MRI scans. However, this could be because the patients were more acutely ill, according to an article in the July Journal of the American College of Radiology.
What kind of after-hours imaging service do ED docs want?
July 9, 2014 -- Emergency department (ED) physicians increasingly want off-hours imaging scans interpreted via final reads from attending radiologists rather than preliminary reads from residents. And more of them are getting their way, according to a study published in the July issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
New CMS payment cuts skip imaging to focus on radiation therapy
July 8, 2014 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released proposed payment rates for 2015. The agency's all-powerful gaze skipped over medical imaging to land once again on radiation oncology, which is being targeted for additional payment cuts.
USPSTF still against US carotid artery stenosis screening
July 8, 2014 -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has finalized its draft recommendation advising against the use of widespread ultrasound screening for asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis as a tool for stroke prevention.
Automated algorithms help spot change in serial CT exams
July 7, 2014 -- Most PACS vendors don't include automatic deformable image registration algorithms in their workstation software. But they should, as these can sharply reduce the time it takes for radiologists to match lung nodule locations on serial lung CT scans, according to researchers from Stony Brook Medicine.
Ultrasound screening catches embolism in cancer patients
July 3, 2014 -- Ultrasound screening of cancer patients judged to be at high risk for venous thromboembolism can identify a significant number of deep vein thrombosis cases, according to research from the University of Rochester Medical Center.
Cash injection brings teleradiology progress in Turkey
July 3, 2014 -- A network of 100 mobile mammography units is due to be deployed across Turkey within the next year as part of a 183 million euro teleradiology screening project. Dr. Utku Şenol, president of the Turkish Medical Informatics Association, speaks about this and other developments.
Early trial of PET tracer shows promise for brain tumors
July 2, 2014 -- Researchers at the University of Wisconsin's UW Health system have completed the first successful human clinical trial of a new PET radiopharmaceutical that targets and detects brain tumors more specifically than FDG.

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