Federal probe confirms scheduling woes at Phoenix VA
February 27, 2015 -- A federal investigation has confirmed a number of shortcomings in radiology patient scheduling at a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital in Phoenix that was at the heart of a scandal last year over long patient waiting times.
To radiology and beyond: Pixar chief mulls the patient experience
February 25, 2015 -- What does renowned animation studio Pixar have to do with medical imaging? The parallels abound, according to Ed Catmull, PhD, president of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios, who offered his perspective on how radiology can improve the patient experience in a February 20 article in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Radiology IT downtimes are common, but not usually serious
February 25, 2015 -- Interruptions to radiology department workflow due to IT network downtimes are common, but most are easily fixable, according to a new study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. The findings are good news for radiology practices trying to integrate different IT systems into a unified reading environment.
CMS data show wide variations in CT, MR use across U.S.
February 18, 2015 -- Newly available data from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) show that wide variations in the use of brain CT and lumbar MR imaging exist across the U.S., according to a study published online in Radiology. The findings could help policymakers tailor interventions to curb overuse among providers.
Making a Difference as a Sonographer: Foam rolling
February 17, 2015 -- With the combination of a heavy work schedule and the physical demands of the job, many sonographers find that their bodies start to fall apart. To combat the resulting pain and fatigue from achy knees, stiff backs, and painful shoulders, you need to use recovery techniques proactively.
NEJM: Are breast density notification laws actually helpful?
February 12, 2015 -- Twenty-one states have passed laws requiring women to be notified if their breast tissue is dense on mammography. But are the laws actually helpful? It's unclear, according to a perspective article published in the February 12 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Radiology in India: Trends in medical imaging technology
February 9, 2015 -- We continue our series on radiology in India with a new article from Dr. Saurabh Jha on the diffusion of medical imaging technology in the country. Dr. Jha explains the various segments of the Indian healthcare sector and reviews the market prospects for each imaging modality.
Radiology's glass ceiling? Survey finds women still avoid imaging
February 6, 2015 -- The majority of U.S. radiologists are male and in private practice, according to a new article in the February edition of the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Women continue to shun medical imaging even as the number of men versus women in medical programs has achieved 50-50 parity.
CMS issues final CT lung cancer screening approval
February 5, 2015 -- In a major victory for individuals at high risk for lung cancer, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its final decision memo on CT lung cancer screening. The current version contains several changes from last fall's draft decision memo, including an adjustment of screening age.
President's 2016 budget: More of the same for healthcare?
February 5, 2015 -- The Obama administration has released its 2016 budget plan, and with respect to healthcare, it largely features proposals that were included in last year's budget. These include repealing the sustainable growth rate formula and eliminating the sequestration order that mandates cuts in payments to Medicare providers.