Interstate medical licenses move ahead
September 5, 2014 -- Physicians seeking to practice telemedicine in other states may soon find the licensure process much easier to navigate with the release on September 5 of model legislation that individual states can use to enact their own laws.
Elastography techniques help characterize breast lesions
September 5, 2014 -- Both strain elastography and shear-wave elastography can combine well with B-mode ultrasound to improve differentiation of malignant and benign breast lesions, South Korean researchers recently reported in Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.
Start-up advances MR-guided procedures with software platform
September 4, 2014 -- Wisconsin researchers are developing a new software platform that would allow surgeons to observe the brain in real-time on MRI during surgical and therapeutic drug interventions. The goal of their company, called InseRT MRI, is to develop customized MRI-guided minimally invasive procedures.
Making a Difference as a Sonographer: A face to the pain
September 4, 2014 -- In the latest installment of this series, echocardiographer Doug Wuebben shares the story of a sonographer who battled severe work-related injuries. Her story is all too familiar, but there are steps those in her shoes can take, according to Wuebben.
GE to highlight unique features of SenoClaire DBT system
September 4, 2014 -- While it's not the first company to have a digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) system on the U.S. market, GE Healthcare believes its SenoClaire has unique features that will differentiate it from the competition -- including lower radiation dose, a key factor in the debate over whether DBT should replace conventional mammography.
U.S. health spending eases in 2013, but set to grow again
September 3, 2014 -- U.S. healthcare spending grew at a moderate rate of 3.6% in 2013, but spending will likely increase at a faster clip in years to come, outstripping growth in the gross domestic product, according to an analysis released on Wednesday by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Europeans balance pros and cons of relocating to Middle East
September 3, 2014 -- Lucrative financial packages in the Gulf States, along with the prospect of a high-quality lifestyle, continue to attract radiologists to the Middle East, but there are trade-offs to be aware of when working in the region. Radiologists from Austria and Italy share their experiences and know-how.
Signed letters improve mammography screening compliance
September 2, 2014 -- Canadian researchers found that the simple intervention of sending women a signed letter from their family physician boosted screening mammography return rates, according to a September 2 press conference held in advance of the annual American Society of Clinical Oncology Breast Cancer Symposium in San Francisco.
Study finds CT lung cancer screening highly cost-effective
September 2, 2014 -- CT lung cancer screening is cost-effective in the Medicare-aged population, concludes a new study published in American Health and Drug Benefits that was tailored specifically to older individuals undergoing lung cancer screening with CT. Proponents of the exam hope it will add impetus to efforts to win Medicare reimbursement.
CAC best predicts heart disease in kidney patients
September 2, 2014 -- Coronary artery calcium (CAC) as calculated from CT scans was by far the best predictor of cardiovascular disease in individuals with chronic kidney disease, just as it is in the population at large, concludes a new study in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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