Radiologists: Reach out to your referring physicians
October 1, 2013 -- Referring physicians asked to rate the usefulness of a set of sample radiology reports gave them relatively high marks, according to a new study published in the October American Journal of Roentgenology. But the referring physicians added that they would like to hear from radiologists more often about important findings.
Mary's Musings: Do radiologists have x-ray vision?
September 24, 2013 -- If you might have cancer, you want a radiologist looking for the disease. But what if you've lost your cellphone? Do radiologists have unique powers of perception that carry over into the nonmedical world? Dr. Mary Morrison Saltz explores this tantalizing question in this installment of Mary's Musings.
ARRS BIS: Sorting fact from fiction in mammography malpractice
September 20, 2013 -- Breast imagers always try to minimize their exposure to medical malpractice, but the real risk of being sued is much lower than most radiologists estimate, according to a talk at this week's American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) Breast Imaging Symposium (BIS) in Phoenix.
CMS: U.S. healthcare spending to rebound after 2014
September 18, 2013 -- Healthcare spending in the U.S. is expected to rebound between 2014 and 2022 to growth rates seen prior to the recent economic slowdown. Rates will be higher than in the recent past but lower compared to longer-term historical growth, according to a report published online September 18 in Health Affairs.
Self-referral prompts unnecessary knee MRI exams
September 17, 2013 -- Knee MRI exams are more likely to be negative if ordered by physicians who have a financial interest in the imaging equipment being used, researchers concluded in a study published online September 17 in Radiology.
CBO: House SGR fix comes with 26% higher price tag
September 16, 2013 -- A bill passed in August out of a U.S. House of Representatives committee that would repeal the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula may soon hit another obstacle as it proceeds on its legislative journey: a higher price tag.
FDA panel mostly likes evidence on CTC efficacy
September 10, 2013 -- In a wide-ranging session on CT colonography (CTC), held in Silver Spring, MD, on Monday, a panel of experts convened by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration delivered almost universally positive views of the evidence supporting the use of the exam for colorectal cancer screening.
FDA sets meeting to review CT colonography
September 6, 2013 -- A virtual who's who of CT colonography (CTC) is en route to the Washington, DC, area for a September 9 joint committee meeting of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that will discuss the fate of CTC screening for asymptomatic individuals.
Proposed Medicare changes could affect breast biopsy
September 6, 2013 -- Add breast biopsy procedures to the list of imaging tests that could be affected by new Medicare physician payment rates scheduled for 2014. Breast care advocates have weighed in against the proposed rates, charging that they could shift breast biopsies away from private-practice sites and into hospital settings.
ABRF: What do patients really want to know before their scan?
September 5, 2013 -- There's a lot of talk about patient safety in medical imaging and managing the risks of medical radiation. Both are important concerns, but are they what patients are most focused on when they undergo an exam? Perhaps not, according to a recent talk at the American Board of Radiology Foundation's (ABRF) national medical imaging summit in Bethesda, MD.