iPhone works well in a pinch for cardiovascular emergencies
August 26, 2015 -- Cardiovascular emergencies such as acute aortic syndromes need to be diagnosed quickly. Fortunately, mobile devices such as the iPhone can be used for on-the-go diagnosis and triage of patients with these life-threatening conditions, according to an article published online August 3 in the Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography.
Appendix CT scans predict resource utilization
August 26, 2015 -- Initial CT findings in patients suspected of having appendicitis are a largely untapped source for predicting hospital costs and resource utilization down the line, according to a new study in the September issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Feedback helps docs adhere to CT imaging guidelines
August 19, 2015 -- For reducing inappropriate CT scans, clinical decision-support software is a good place to start. But the software alone isn't enough to get doctors to comply, according to a study in the American Journal of Roentgenology. The researchers found that letting doctors know their ordering patterns are being watched can help.
CCTA, SPECT MPI yield similar outcomes in chest pain
August 13, 2015 -- Although they provide different radiation exposure levels and patient experiences, SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) and coronary CT angiography (CCTA) produce remarkably similar outcomes in initial imaging for chest pain, according to a new study.
Proper documentation can maximize 3D reimbursement
August 12, 2015 -- Medicare's recovery audit contractors are on the lookout for 3D reconstruction billing that does not meet the standards to support medical necessity. So it pays to know the rules of documentation and to follow them. Find out how in this article by Carin Carlson of Healthcare Administrative Partners.
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.
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.
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.
Sports-related head injuries spur avalanche of CT scans
July 30, 2015 -- Emergency department admissions for sports-related head injuries have skyrocketed in recent years -- and so have unnecessary CT scans to evaluate them, according to a new report in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.