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.
Study: Older women don't benefit from new breast technology
July 1, 2014 -- Medicare is paying millions of dollars for new breast imaging technologies for older women that aren't having a measurable effect on cancer detection, according to a new study published July 1 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Breast cancer risk profiles differ in developing nations
July 1, 2014 -- Breast cancer incidence is rising all over the world, especially in developing countries, where its epidemiological features differ from those in Western countries, according to a study in the European Journal of Cancer that used North African countries as an example.
Volume trumps experience when reading mammograms
June 30, 2014 -- When reading screening mammograms, the number of studies read per year is more important in determining the ability to detect cancer than the experience of the reader, according to a new study in the Journal of Medical Imaging that compared U.S. and Australian radiologists.
Native American, rural women have less access to breast MRI
June 27, 2014 -- Most U.S. women have relatively easy access to mammography and breast ultrasound, but breast MRI presents a greater challenge, especially for Native American women and those in rural areas, according to a new study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.