General practitioners order more imaging in Australia July 22, 2014 -- General practitioners in Australia are placing more orders for medical imaging exams, with total orders for imaging growing 45% from 2005 to 2012, according to a survey released this week from the University of Sydney. The numbers also indicate a shift away from general radiography and toward more advanced modalities such as ultrasound, CT, and MRI.
Study finds rads working longer, postponing retirement July 22, 2014 -- Radiologists say they're working more hours and expect to retire later than they'd prefer, according to a new study published in Academic Radiology. How they handle their exit from the workforce will have major ramifications for future job prospects for radiologists.
Making a Difference as a Sonographer: Tennis elbow, part 1 July 17, 2014 -- Just because you don't play tennis or racket sports doesn't mean you can't come down with tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis. A painful condition caused by overuse, tennis elbow can be triggered by repetitive movements on the job, such as the daily work of a sonographer.
Doctor bonuses do not boost screening compliance July 15, 2014 -- The Canadian province of Ontario spent almost $110 million ($102 million U.S.) on bonuses intended to motivate family physicians to screen more of their patients for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer, but the program didn't translate into improved screening rates, according to a new study in the Annals of Family Medicine.
Get to know referring physicians to meet their imaging needs July 14, 2014 -- If you're a radiologist, you know that referring clinicians are your customers, and it's important to keep them happy. What do your referring physicians really want from their radiology reports and interactions with the radiology department? Just ask them, according to researchers from Duke University.
Reducing CT malpractice risk: Simple, but not easy? July 11, 2014 -- Malpractice risk is part of practicing medicine, and although radiologists are less likely than most physicians to be hit with malpractice claims, radiologists still have a 50% likelihood of being sued by the time they turn 60.
HOPPS 2015 rule would boost breast biopsy payments July 10, 2014 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released a proposed rule for its 2015 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS), bringing good news to radiology in the form of a 51% increase in payment for breast biopsy procedures.
MRI use linked to patient mortality in Irish study July 9, 2014 -- A new study of MRI use at a hospital in Ireland paints a complex picture of the modality, with higher in-hospital mortality and longer hospital stays for patients who got MRI scans. However, this could be because the patients were more acutely ill, according to an article in the July Journal of the American College of Radiology.
What kind of after-hours imaging service do ED docs want? July 9, 2014 -- Emergency department (ED) physicians increasingly want off-hours imaging scans interpreted via final reads from attending radiologists rather than preliminary reads from residents. And more of them are getting their way, according to a study published in the July issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
New CMS payment cuts skip imaging to focus on radiation therapy July 8, 2014 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released proposed payment rates for 2015. The agency's all-powerful gaze skipped over medical imaging to land once again on radiation oncology, which is being targeted for additional payment cuts.