How to avoid Medicare CT scan payment denials
July 22, 2015 -- Are your Medicare claims for CT services at risk of being rejected because they resemble "improper" scans? In this article, Jeff Majchrzak of Panacea Healthcare Solutions describes how to avoid submitting billing reports that raise red flags at the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
AHRA: Is clinical decision support a blessing or curse?
July 21, 2015 -- Imaging has been under scrutiny, with policymakers touting techniques such as prior authorization and clinical decision support (CDS) as ways to reduce inappropriate exams. But how effective are these techniques, particularly CDS? It's not yet clear, according to a presentation given this week at the AHRA annual meeting in Las Vegas.
SPECT distinguishes TBI, PTSD in broad population
July 20, 2015 -- SPECT is once again showing its value by distinguishing the fine line between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) in nonmilitary patients, which should lead to better treatment for the disorders.
MGH saves money and time printing 3D hearts
July 17, 2015 -- Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston say that having a 3D rapid prototyping printer in the cardiac imaging department is a potential boon for procedure planning and patient education -- and it doesn't break the bank.
AAPM: Mammo radiation dose 30% lower than thought
July 16, 2015 -- Women receive about 30% less radiation during screening mammography than has long been assumed, which suggests that the "harm" of radiation dose in mammography also has been overestimated, according to research presented on July 15 at the 2015 American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) meeting in Anaheim, CA.
Making a Difference as a Sonographer: Priorities
July 16, 2015 -- As a sonographer, if you are not at 100%, you are doing a disservice to yourself and your patients. It's crucial to prioritize your mental and physical health, explains echocardiographer Doug Wuebben, who, along with coach Mark Roozen, shares some advice and exercises to improve your strength and flexibility.
AAPM: Fetal CT dose calculator offers easy, accurate estimates
July 15, 2015 -- A new technique that calculates fetal dose from CT scans given to pregnant women is accurate and easy to perform, according to a study presented at this week's American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2015 annual meeting in Anaheim, CA.
Shortened breast MR protocol works just as well as full
July 15, 2015 -- Using an abbreviated screening protocol for contrast-enhanced breast MR works just as well in terms of specificity and sensitivity as a full protocol, according to a new study published online in Academic Radiology.
MRI shows less gray matter in drug-using women than men
July 14, 2015 -- Women with long-term use of stimulant drugs have significantly less gray-matter volume in several brain areas than healthy women and even men who abused drugs more severely, according to a study published online July 14 in Radiology.
JACR: Radiologists order CT, MR exams appropriately
July 13, 2015 -- When it comes to abdominal CT and MRI, radiologists are making good use of all available prior imaging before recommending additional exams, and they aren't ordering many unnecessary exams, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.