AJR: CT shows evidence of lung cancer spread via airways
December 30, 2014 -- New research with CT supports the hypothesis that lung adenocarcinoma may spread through the airways and not just through the blood. So-called aerogenous metastasis of lung cancer has implications for staging, management, and prognosis and may be underrecognized, the authors report in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Top 10 AuntMinnie stories for 2014
December 30, 2014 -- We're pleased to offer the top 10 stories on AuntMinnie.com for 2014, as measured by member traffic. Articles on breast screening dominated the headlines in 2014, with four of our top stories pertaining to breast imaging in one way or another.
JACR: Radiology can learn from the hospitality industry
December 29, 2014 -- The patient experience has become an increasingly important issue in healthcare, as delivery models shift from volume- to value-based. But what exactly makes a patient's imaging experience positive? The hospitality industry can offer some insights, according to research published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
CAD detects lymph nodes at chest CT
December 24, 2014 -- A new automated tool developed at the National Institutes of Health can detect mediastinal and abdominal enlarged lymph nodes more accurately than previous techniques, according to a presentation at the 2014 RSNA meeting.
Chest CT referrals from x-ray yield high rate of abnormalities
December 23, 2014 -- Nearly half of patients who receive radiologist recommendations for chest CT to evaluate abnormal findings on chest radiography have clinically relevant findings at CT, including a substantial number of new malignancies, according to a new study in Radiology.
Radiation alarm Bleeper Sv reduces dose to cardiac cath staff
December 23, 2014 -- A beeping radiation dose monitor that is worn by healthcare personnel during cardiac catheterization procedures successfully reduced dose in a trial conducted by Texas researchers. Called Bleeper Sv, the monitor emits a warning sound that becomes louder and more frequent as exposure to radiation grows -- giving personnel a chance to modify their work habits to reduce dose.
New 2015 instructions for image-guided breast biopsies
December 22, 2014 -- The American Medical Association has made a few important changes to CPT codes related to image-guided breast biopsies, and providers may not know these updates exist, explains Jeff Majchrzak of Panacea Healthcare Solutions in his new article.
Novel CT technique emerges for acute appendicitis
December 22, 2014 -- Abdominal CT with compression to the right lower quadrant has a high diagnostic accuracy in cases of acute appendicitis, and it can be considered as a CT counterpart of graded compression ultrasound, Turkish researchers reported at the recent RSNA 2014 meeting.
Could reverse auctions boost purchasing power in radiology?
December 19, 2014 -- Two years after introducing the concept of reverse auctions to buy capital medical imaging equipment, Reverse Radiology has launched a website to give radiology departments and imaging centers more purchasing leverage.
RAND study questions whether decision support really works
December 18, 2014 -- Decision support for physicians ordering imaging exams has been touted as an effective way to reduce unnecessary imaging and ensure the appropriateness of studies. However, a new report released by RAND that evaluated a Medicare demonstration project of decision support suggests it may not be as helpful as it's cracked up to be.