Get to know referring physicians to meet their imaging needs
July 14, 2014 -- If you're a radiologist, you know that referring clinicians are your customers, and it's important to keep them happy. What do your referring physicians really want from their radiology reports and interactions with the radiology department? Just ask them, according to researchers from Duke University.
Reducing CT malpractice risk: Simple, but not easy?
July 11, 2014 -- Malpractice risk is part of practicing medicine, and although radiologists are less likely than most physicians to be hit with malpractice claims, radiologists still have a 50% likelihood of being sued by the time they turn 60.
Moments in Radiology History: Part 16 -- Early nuclear medicine
July 11, 2014 -- After early efforts began to harness the power of x-rays for diagnosis and therapy, some physicians and physicists chose to focus instead on the development of radioactive isotopes. In his latest Moments in Radiology History installment, radiology historian Otha Linton examines the advances that ultimately led to the field of nuclear medicine.
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.