How to get paid for radiology ultrasound contrast scans April 25, 2016 -- It's great that the ultrasound contrast agent Lumason has finally been approved in the U.S. for radiology applications, but how do you get paid for it? In this column, Donna Richmond of Panacea Healthcare Solutions examines Lumason reimbursement and the coding steps you need to take to get paid.
ARRS: Contrast ultrasound works well for liver lesions April 19, 2016 -- LOS ANGELES - Contrast-enhanced ultrasound offers a cost-effective, radiation-free alternative to CT for characterizing focal liver lesions, according to research presented April 18 at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) meeting.
Is carotid ultrasound being used appropriately? April 18, 2016 -- Over 90% of the carotid ultrasound studies performed in patients who later received carotid revascularization for asymptomatic carotid disease were ordered based on indications not considered appropriate under current guidelines, according to research published online April 18 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Transcranial Doppler headset tests athletes for concussion April 14, 2016 -- What if you could test rattled athletes for concussion right on the sidelines, simply by having them don a headset outfitted with transcranial Doppler ultrasound probes? California researchers believe this could become a reality and will present their work at next week's American Academy of Neurology meeting.
Imaging holds key in war on drug mules April 13, 2016 -- Novel means of concealment used by traffickers, plus the growing frequency of transporting liquids, pose major challenges for radiologists involved in the detection of illicit drugs, according to researchers from Turkey.
Fans of contrast ultrasound celebrate FDA approval April 12, 2016 -- For advocates of ultrasound contrast, the recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of Lumason from Bracco Diagnostics for characterizing liver lesions was a long overdue moment that will likely serve as a catalyst for broad adoption of these agents -- and not just in the liver.
CEUS can aid assessment of Crohn's disease activity April 8, 2016 -- Quantitative analysis of contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) exams outperforms other ultrasound methods for characterizing the inflammatory activity of Crohn's disease, according to researchers from the Sixth Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China.
Bracco gets FDA nod for Lumason US contrast in liver April 4, 2016 -- The long wait is over. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the first time has approved the use of an ultrasound contrast agent for radiology applications, giving the nod to Lumason from Bracco Diagnostics to be used for focal liver lesions.
Off-label use could broaden contrast ultrasound in U.S. April 1, 2016 -- Tired of waiting for U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance of ultrasound contrast agents for radiology applications? You're not alone. Off-label use of ultrasound contrast could unlock significant clinical benefits now, according to Dr. Michelle Robbin of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Ultrasound misses signs of early Zika infection March 31, 2016 -- Ultrasound scans weren't initially able to detect microcephaly in the fetus of a pregnant woman infected with the Zika virus, according to a case report published on March 30 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Signs of Zika's most feared fetal defect only became evident more than a month after infection.
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