Medicare to cut analog x-ray payments starting in 2017
February 8, 2016 -- As part of a push to nudge U.S. healthcare providers to adopt digital radiography, the Medicare system will begin reducing payments for exams performed on analog x-ray systems starting in 2017. The year after that, sites using computed radiography equipment will also see payment reductions.
X-ray reveals secrets of Haitian voodoo dolls
February 3, 2016 -- X-ray can help unpack the secrets of the Haitian practice of voodoo, according to a pictorial review published in the Journal of Forensic Radiology and Imaging.
Radiology prepares for leading role at Arab Health 2016
December 21, 2015 -- As medical imaging continues to thrive throughout large parts of the Middle East, the radiological community is gearing up for Arab Health 2016, at which intervention, radiation protection, and pediatrics look set to dominate the agenda. European speakers also will play a critical part.
App-based US, spectral CT pace Philips RSNA launches
December 2, 2015 -- CHICAGO - New technologies being highlighted by Philips Healthcare at RSNA 2015 include its novel Lumify app-based ultrasound model, as well as a CT scanner designed to make spectral scanning more routine.
Big-data cloud launch spearheads GE RSNA news
December 2, 2015 -- CHICAGO - The launch of a new service for analyzing healthcare data in the cloud is spearheading the product introductions by GE Healthcare at this week's RSNA 2015 meeting. Other introductions include new ultrasound and CT systems.
Gaming console might help produce better x-rays
December 1, 2015 -- CHICAGO - The gaming console your children use to destroy alien villains on distant fictional planets may help radiologists improve the quality of x-rays, researchers reported at the annual RSNA conference.
Siemens RSNA launches range from x-ray to PET/CT
December 1, 2015 -- CHICAGO - At this week's RSNA 2015 meeting, Siemens Healthcare is unveiling a range of new imaging technologies, from a robotic x-ray room to a new entry-level PET/CT scanner. The firm is also talking up a regulatory clearance for CT lung cancer screening that it received just before the show opened.
Toshiba RSNA highlights include new CT, US scanners
November 30, 2015 -- CHICAGO - At this week's RSNA 2015 meeting, Toshiba America Medical Systems is highlighting new entry-level CT and ultrasound scanners, as well as a new multipurpose radiography/fluoroscopy system, a major upgrade for its 3-tesla MRI line, and an upgrade for its CT/angiography room.
Tomo-CAD combo targets lung cancer screening
November 23, 2015 -- What if you had a lung cancer screening modality that was better than x-ray and nearly as good as CT, but with less radiation and expense? Researchers from Hungary are investigating the idea with a digital tomosynthesis system that they assembled themselves, along with homegrown computer-aided detection (CAD) software.
Skip abdominal x-ray for pediatric intussusception
November 20, 2015 -- There's no need to use abdominal radiography to diagnose pediatric intussusception -- ultrasound is better, and it does not expose children to radiation, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatric Surgery International.