AI reduces no-shows for MRI exams
September 11, 2020 -- Artificial intelligence (AI) can help reduce the no-show rate for MRI exams, according to a study published September 10 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Radiology Partners to buy Mednax imaging unit for $885M
September 10, 2020 -- In a major consolidation of the imaging services segment, Radiology Partners has agreed to acquire the radiology services business of Mednax in a deal valued at $885 million. The acquisition will expand by over 50% the number of radiologists in the Radiology Partners network.  Discuss
No need to defer cancer treatment for fear of COVID-19
August 27, 2020 -- Patients shouldn't postpone their cancer treatment for fear of SARS-CoV-2 infection by visiting healthcare facilities, according to a research letter published online August 27 in JAMA Oncology. Researchers found little risk of infection if appropriate disinfection protocols are followed.  Discuss
Radiology's declining reimbursement spans over a decade
August 25, 2020 -- The average cut of 11% in radiology reimbursement that is proposed by the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2021 is the continuation of a trend that spans more than a decade. Sandy Coffta of Healthcare Administrative Partners explains.  Discuss
Patient tweets show little concern for GBCA retention
August 20, 2020 -- Patients use Twitter to post feedback about their MRI experiences, and although more than 60% of those tweets mention gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs), less than 10% specifically address gadolinium retention, according to a case study published August 18 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
CT interpretation errors more common after hours
August 19, 2020 -- Body CT interpretation errors are more common during evening and night shifts -- and not only among residents but also radiology attending physicians, according to a study published August 18 in Radiology.  Discuss
Medicare proposes major cut to radiology for 2021
August 18, 2020 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released its annual proposal for changes to the Medicare payment system for the coming year. The changes include cuts to radiology payments, according to Sandy Coffta of Healthcare Administrative Partners.  Discuss
AHRA: Multimodality technologists could shape radiology's future
August 17, 2020 -- Pressures on the healthcare system, such as staffing challenges and growing patient care demand, are prompting a reimagining of job duties and roles in imaging -- including interest in developing multimodality technologist positions, according to an August 11 presentation at the AHRA 2020 annual meeting.  Discuss
AHRA: MRI risks need to be actively managed
August 14, 2020 -- MRI safety is a serious issue, and it's critical that radiology departments and practices actively manage it for the welfare of both patients and personnel, according to a presentation delivered August 13 at the virtual AHRA annual meeting.  Discuss
Women who smoke are less likely to get cancer screening
August 13, 2020 -- Women who smoke are less likely to undergo cancer screening, which often translates into more advanced disease when they are diagnosed, according to a study published August 13 in BMJ Open.  Discuss