Lawsuit attacks CMS policy on PET beta-amyloid scans
September 11, 2014 -- Three women have filed suit against the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS), seeking to invalidate the agency's reimbursement policy for PET beta-amyloid scans to detect early signs of Alzheimer's disease. The litigation charges that CMS overstepped its authority when it implemented the policy last year.
New SRU pregnancy criteria won't prompt many more scans
September 11, 2014 -- More stringent diagnostic criteria from the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound (SRU) for determining early in the first trimester if a pregnancy has no chance of producing a live baby will not lead to a huge increase in follow-up ultrasound exams, San Francisco researchers have found.
Clinical audit sheds light on breast MRI performance
September 11, 2014 -- You can't manage what you can't measure. This maxim by quality expert W. Edwards Deming can easily be applied to breast MRI: Despite its growing use, the exam still lacks adequate benchmarks for assessing quality, according to a study published in the September Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Breast screening controversies spark debate at ICR 2014
September 10, 2014 -- DUBAI - Greater consideration should be given to a woman's total quality of life in the breast screening debate. That was the take-home message of a keynote lecture by Dr. Rola Shaheen at this week's International Congress of Radiology (ICR 2014).
MRI protocol links gray-matter changes to MS severity
September 10, 2014 -- Using a homegrown MRI protocol, researchers found that a loss of myelin in the gray matter of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients' brains was a strong indicator of disease severity, according to a study published online September 10 in Radiology.
Elastography may avoid needless biopsies of thyroid nodules
September 10, 2014 -- Thanks to its high negative predictive value, ultrasound elastography with intrinsic compression may be able to reduce by one-third the number of unnecessary biopsies performed on calcified thyroid nodules, according to research published in the October issue of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.
Most common mammo screening barrier? Lack of interest
September 9, 2014 -- In rural Kentucky, the most common barrier to regular mammography screening may be a lack of interest on the part of women, according to research presented at the recent American Society of Clinical Oncology Breast Cancer Symposium in San Francisco.
Challenges don't deter opening of ICR 2014 in Dubai
September 9, 2014 -- DUBAI - The International Congress of Radiology (ICR) opened today in what its organizers are billing as the largest-ever congress dedicated to radiology in the Arab world. Some 1,500 attendees registered on the first day and were treated to a wide range of opening lectures -- as well as balmy temperatures in the desert metropolis.
CT contrast not tied to poor outcomes, even in at-risk patients
September 9, 2014 -- The use of intravenous contrast before CT imaging is safe for most patients, according to a large study published online on Tuesday in Radiology. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, found no difference in complication rates between patients who received contrast and those who did not.
NLST: CT lung screening more effective for older smokers
September 8, 2014 -- A new analysis of data from the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) has found that CT lung cancer screening is more effective for older smokers than younger ones. The study, published online Tuesday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, is sure to shape the roiling debate over whether Medicare should pay for CT lung screening.