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.
Study finds growing use of emergency imaging may be justified
February 4, 2015 -- Policymakers continue to focus on how emergency department imaging use rates keep increasing, implying that the uptick is due to overutilization. But there may be other reasons for the growth, and patients may actually benefit, according to a new study published January 23 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Report from IRIA 2015: Teleradiology begins at home
February 4, 2015 -- Dr. Saurabh Jha's passage to India continues in this article about teleradiology in the world's most populous democracy. While U.S. radiologists fear the specter of Indian radiologists flooding the market with low-cost interpretations, a chat with Indian teleradiology pioneer Dr. Sumer Sethi reveals that such fears couldn't be further from the truth.
Report from IRIA 2015: A conversation with Dr. Bhavin Jankharia
February 3, 2015 -- KOCHI, INDIA - India's national radiology congress, hosted by the Indian Radiological and Imaging Association (IRIA), just wrapped up on February 1. contributing writer Dr. Saurabh Jha was on hand in Kochi, where he spoke with many of the luminaries of Indian radiology. In this article, he interviews Dr. Bhavin Jankharia, one of the country's foremost private-practice radiologists.