CT lung screening prompts some to keep smoking
August 11, 2015 -- Simply talking about lung cancer screening causes smokers to think seriously about the consequences of their habit, and about quitting. But when smokers know that CT lung cancer screening is available, almost half opt to continue smoking, according to a new study in JAMA Internal Medicine.
5 tips to drive adoption of patient portals in radiology
August 11, 2015 -- The establishment of patient portals has blurred the lines of what is considered to be appropriate doctor-patient communication outside of the medical office. Patients may be wary of portals, but DICOM Grid CEO Morris Panner shares five tips for allaying their concerns and driving higher adoption.
CT dose alerts show important but limited utility
August 10, 2015 -- CT radiation dose alerts have their strengths and certainly their weaknesses, according to a study from Boston. But for better or worse, the alerts are mandatory under the Smart Dose (XR-29) rules that took effect last month. So radiologists must comply -- while still looking for ways to improve the new standard.
AAOS: Some radiation during pregnancy is acceptable
August 7, 2015 -- Doctors must heed basic precautions when using imaging to diagnose traumatic injury in pregnant women, but diagnostic imaging scans are safe when used properly, according to a new report in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
U.S. team finds favor with new PEM unit
August 7, 2015 -- A positron emission mammography (PEM) unit developed in Spain offers key advantages for breast imaging, according to a Mayo Clinic team that has been testing it. The unit offers better resolution than whole-body PET, and it may prove more useful than molecular breast imaging using technetium-99m sestamibi.
IBM eyes personalized medicine in bid for Merge
August 6, 2015 -- IBM is moving aggressively to expand the utility of its Watson artificial intelligence platform, inking a deal to acquire RIS/PACS and advanced visualization developer Merge Healthcare for a total of $1 billion in cash.
Virtual reality enhances interventional rad training
August 6, 2015 -- By offering interventional radiology trainees what they need most -- practice -- virtual reality training may be poised to stand in for the conventional version, according to a recent talk by researchers who have developed an immersive virtual reality training environment.
Data from CTC scans improve osteoporosis screening
August 6, 2015 -- Data from CT colonography (CTC) scans can be used for a comprehensive assessment of bone strength and bone mineral density, according to the results of a study in Radiology. The new technology goes beyond what's provided by dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry and could improve clinicians' ability to assess fracture risk.
MRI screening can benefit kids predisposed to cancer
August 5, 2015 -- In the first study of its kind, researchers from Philadelphia are advocating the use of noncontrast whole-body MRI to screen children who are genetically predisposed to cancer. Their findings were published in the August issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Is your radiology practice ready for ICD-10?
August 5, 2015 -- While the adoption of ICD-10 on October 1 will dramatically expand the number of billing codes frequently used in radiology claims, the new diagnosis coding system will affect some imaging subspecialties much more than others, according to research published July 23 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.