Half of positive SPECT patients negative at CCTA April 13, 2015 -- Nearly half of all patients who test positive on SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging are found to be negative at coronary CT angiography (CCTA), calling into question the routine use of SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging, a test that has been a mainstay of the diagnostic workup of patients with a clinical suspicion of coronary artery disease.
Medical quality reporting can affect radiology reimbursement April 10, 2015 -- The stage is set for a new era of Medicare payment modification based on data that measure the quality of work by physicians. In this article, Carin Carlson of Healthcare Administrative Partners takes a look at what can be done now to prepare your radiology practice and maximize Medicare reimbursement for 2017.
Chest pain patients do well after ultralow-dose SPECT April 10, 2015 -- Patients with chest pain who underwent SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging with an ultralow-radiation-dose gamma camera had no major cardiac events a year later. The research, published in the April issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine, indicates that MPI radiation dose can be slashed without adverse clinical impact.
Study finds wild price variations for head CT scans April 9, 2015 -- The price of a noncontrast head CT scan can vary more than fivefold in academic hospitals and more than tenfold in private practices across the U.S., according to a new study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Study advises MRI screening for high-risk pancreatic cancer patients April 8, 2015 -- Swedish researchers believe that MRI could be the best imaging modality to screen people at high risk of pancreatic cancer, according to an April 8 study in JAMA Surgery. In a small study, they showed how using MRI to screen high-risk individuals found pancreatic lesions in 40% of patients.
3T MRI shows how meniscus tears heal, predicts outcomes April 8, 2015 -- MRI at 3 tesla can help forecast the healing potential of a meniscus tear based, in part, on decreased meniscus extrusion, according to a study presented March 28 at a meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.
Mammo false positives, overdiagnosis cost U.S. $4B per year April 7, 2015 -- False positives and overdiagnosis related to mammography screening cost the U.S. $4 billion per year, a figure that's much higher than previous estimates, according to a study published in Health Affairs. But the study's findings are based on previous research that has already been criticized by advocates of screening.
FDDNP-PET gives insight into brain trauma of NFL players April 7, 2015 -- Brain scans with the PET radiopharmaceutical FDDNP of former National Football League (NFL) players who experienced multiple concussions show patterns that are similar to patients who experienced chronic traumatic encephalopathy, according to an April 6 study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Should radiology residency be reduced to 3 years? April 7, 2015 -- Should the current radiologist training schedule be changed from four years of residency to three and turn the fourth year of education into a fellowship? Such a structure might better reflect recent changes in radiology education and employment, according to an opinion published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Coregistered 3D US plus angio boosts aneurysm surgery April 6, 2015 -- Combining rotational digital subtraction angiography with 3D ultrasound creates a powerful pair for guiding aneurysm surgery when images are dynamically coregistered during procedures, according to a new study by German researchers and published in PLOS One.