Multimodality vendors launch scanners at ECR 2014 March 9, 2014 -- VIENNA - In the past, ECR languished in the shadow of Chicago's RSNA show when it came to new product introductions. But ECR is slowly coming into its own, as indicated by new product launches from the major multimodality companies at this week's congress.
CT protocol review calls for consistency, teamwork March 3, 2014 -- Refining your CT protocols is a great way to accomplish a number of goals, including radiation dose reduction, workflow efficiency, and meeting new accreditation requirements. A team approach is best for the task, according to a new article that offers guidance in the March Journal of the American College of Radiology.
JACR: CT lung screening possible in community setting February 27, 2014 -- A successful community hospital low-dose CT lung screening program is feasible and can be put in place relatively quickly, according to an article published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Imaging looms large on new list of low-value emergency exams February 19, 2014 -- If one list of unnecessary medical procedures is good, then two lists should be better, right? That could be the thinking behind a new list released this week in JAMA Internal Medicine of unnecessary tests in emergency medicine that are driving up healthcare costs. And the new list takes aim specifically at medical imaging.
ACC, others call for patient-centric heart imaging February 18, 2014 -- Noninvasive cardiovascular imaging decisions must become more patient-centric and individualized, according to a statement from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) that was endorsed by 14 other medical societies.
CMS launches public comment period for CT lung screening February 11, 2014 -- In another move toward Medicare payment for CT lung cancer screening, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on February 10 opened up a 30-day public comment period regarding a proposal to make CT screening for high-risk individuals one of Medicare's covered preventive services.
Evidence is weak in NY Times editorial on radiation risk February 11, 2014 -- On January 31, the New York Times published an op-ed on the cancer risks related to medical radiation. Titled "We are giving ourselves cancer," the article has produced an outpouring of commentary. In this response, thoracic surgeon Dr. Frederic W. Grannis Jr. questions whether the authors accurately portrayed the risks of medical radiation.
JACR: Study confirms slowdown in CT use among private payors February 10, 2014 -- The use of CT has increased over the past 15 years faster than other forms of imaging, leading to concerns about overuse and radiation exposure. But since 2009, CT's growth rate has slowed among privately insured patients, according to a study in the February issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Are you ready to comply with new radiation safety rules? February 6, 2014 -- Radiation safety is no longer just a legal issue for imaging facilities in states such as California and Texas that have adopted new radiation reporting laws. With the publication of new diagnostic imaging standards by the Joint Commission, all imaging sites soon will have to comply with dose reporting. Are you ready?
NY Times op-ed links medical radiation to cancer, death January 31, 2014 -- A new op-ed article published on Friday in the New York Times is revisiting the debate over medical radiation and cancer, linking the overuse of CT to rising cancer rates and even death in patients who are scanned.