Feedback helps docs adhere to CT imaging guidelines
August 19, 2015 -- For reducing inappropriate CT scans, clinical decision-support software is a good place to start. But the software alone isn't enough to get doctors to comply, according to a study in the American Journal of Roentgenology. The researchers found that letting doctors know their ordering patterns are being watched can help.
MRI finds brain changes in boys who faced adversity
August 19, 2015 -- MRI scans have found that boys who faced challenges during the first six years of their lives had less cortical gray brain matter and altered brain structure by the time they reached their late teens or early 20s, according to a study published online August 17 in JAMA Pediatrics.
Straight Talk From the PACSman: Is PACS dead?
August 18, 2015 -- Is PACS dead? That controversial -- and somewhat loaded -- question has popped up several times this year. In a new column, the PACSMan -- PACS consultant Michael J. Cannavo -- discusses why he believes that rumors of PACS' demise are premature.
MRI shows side sleeping may prevent neurological disease
August 18, 2015 -- Research conducted using dynamic contrast MRI has found sleeping on one's side more effectively removes brain waste, thus reducing the risk of developing Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and other neurological diseases, according to an animal study published this month in the Journal of Neuroscience.
MRI shows benefits of exercise for kids with MS
August 17, 2015 -- MR images are providing encouraging evidence that children with multiple sclerosis (MS) who exercise regularly are more likely to have smaller brain lesions, according to a Canadian study published online August 12 in Neurology.
Patient features have most impact on mammo reads
August 14, 2015 -- Patient features such as breast density, prior mammography, and the presence of symptoms such as a lump have more effect on the interpretive accuracy of diagnostic mammograms than radiologist characteristics, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Radiologists are underrepresented on physician-rating sites
August 13, 2015 -- Despite efforts to increase the visibility of radiologists among patients, the majority still remain in the background -- at least in terms of popular physician-rating websites, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
CCTA, SPECT MPI yield similar outcomes in chest pain
August 13, 2015 -- Although they provide different radiation exposure levels and patient experiences, SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) and coronary CT angiography (CCTA) produce remarkably similar outcomes in initial imaging for chest pain, according to a new study.
US spots subclinical atherosclerosis in low-risk women
August 12, 2015 -- Carotid intima-media thickness measured on ultrasound can identify asymptomatic cardiovascular disease in most middle-aged women considered to be low-risk by traditional risk assessment tools, Arizona researchers have found.
Proper documentation can maximize 3D reimbursement
August 12, 2015 -- Medicare's recovery audit contractors are on the lookout for 3D reconstruction billing that does not meet the standards to support medical necessity. So it pays to know the rules of documentation and to follow them. Find out how in this article by Carin Carlson of Healthcare Administrative Partners.