Letter: VA scandal included radiology services in Texas
June 4, 2014 -- The scandal rocking the U.S. Veterans Health Administration has a radiology aspect, according to a letter submitted in May to the VA Office of Inspector General by a retired physician from the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, who claims that the facility hid delays in medical imaging procedures.
New ACR CEO Thorwarth bullish on radiology's future
June 3, 2014 -- In April, Dr. William Thorwarth Jr. began his tenure as CEO of the American College of Radiology (ACR), succeeding Dr. Harvey Neiman. An interventional radiologist by training, Thorwarth has seen firsthand the benefits of day-to-day interaction with patients, and patient-centered imaging will be one of ACR's priorities in the years ahead.
MICI Q2: Rad administrators show signs of 'guarded optimism'
May 28, 2014 -- After multiple quarters of bleak sentiment, radiology administrators appear to be showing signs of "guarded optimism" in their future business prospects, according to new data from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI) for the second quarter of 2014.
Radiologists lead effort to clear confusion over screening
May 23, 2014 -- A group of radiologists in New York took it upon themselves to clear up confusion about cancer screening tests, holding a series of educational presentations before small lay-public audiences. They found the talks to be well-received, according to results published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
CT lung screening would cost Medicare $10B, study finds
May 23, 2014 -- A new model-based study of National Lung Screening Trial results predicts that implementing CT lung cancer screening in the Medicare population will identify more cancers -- and at earlier, curable stages -- but the costs to Medicare will be substantial.
Top 10 social media tips for radiologists
May 20, 2014 -- More now than ever before, radiologists need to become visible to patients. A strong social media presence is a vital component of a strategy to facilitate patient-centered care, according to Dr. Safwan Halabi of Henry Ford Health System, who provided 10 tips for social media engagement.
Study tracks ebb and flow of imaging use in private sector
May 20, 2014 -- Use of advanced diagnostic imaging fell in 2009, but it rebounded in most modalities in the two years that followed, according to a new analysis of privately insured patients that was published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Echo screening cost-effective after childhood chemo
May 19, 2014 -- Young cancer patients treated with chemotherapy can be screened cost-effectively throughout their adult lives with echocardiography to help them live longer, according to a pair of just-released studies in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Frequent interruptions bedevil on-call radiologists
May 15, 2014 -- On-call radiologists are constantly interrupted by phone calls and other requests, to such a degree that these interruptions could be distracting them from their primary job of interpreting images, according to a study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Outpatient echo code bundling has unintended effects
May 15, 2014 -- When Medicare began code bundling for echocardiography scans in 2009, the move produced a sharp drop in outpatient claims from cardiologists -- which was expected. But the success of code bundling could have unintended effects for both echocardiography and other imaging exams, according to a study in the May Journal of the American College of Radiology.