Week in review: Reaction to Canadian draft guidelines | Billing for remote radiology services | Lung ultrasound in newborns

Dear AuntMinnie Member,

It has been an exasperating month for breast cancer screening advocates. After the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) final breast cancer screening guidelines didn’t go as far as many had hoped, newly published draft guidelines from the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC) didn’t even recommend systematic screening for women between the age of 40 to 49. And there was also no support for supplemental screening in women with dense breasts or those with a personal family history of cancer.

Organizations such as Dense Breast Canada and others -- including Health Canada -- have sharply criticized the draft guidelines. Find out what they have to say by clicking here.

A new column from Sandy Coffta of Healthcare Administrative Partners on billing for remote radiology reading services took second place in page views this week. You can access her tips by clicking here.

Meanwhile, researchers have found that lung ultrasound can be used to guide therapies in late preterm and full neonates with respiratory failure occurring shortly after birth. Click here to get all of the details.

Another highly viewed article this week reported on the benefits of light therapy in patients suffering from significant brain injuries. On functional MRI, patients receiving light therapy were shown to have a greater change in resting-state connectivity in seven brain regions during recovery from brain injury compared to control participants. Click here to learn more.

Also, AI can predict brain surgery outcomes on MRI, while PET can be utilized to forecast major adverse cardiac events (MACE) in patients with ischemic heart disease.

See below for the full list of our top stories of the week:

  1. Critics slam Canadian breast cancer screening guidelines
  2. Use caution when billing for remote radiology reading
  3. Lung ultrasound can guide respiratory therapies for newborns
  4. Updated Canadian breast cancer guidelines recommend biennial screening
  5. Light therapy fosters brain repair after injury
  6. ChatGPT tested on cardiac imaging questions
  7. Ground-glass opacity on CT lung cancer imaging means better prognosis
  8. AI predicts brain surgery outcomes on MRI
  9. PET predicts adverse events in heart disease patients
  10. Radiologists can promote health equity with responsible AI use
  11. Weekend, evening mammo appointments may increase screening access
  12. Are ‘super phantoms’ key to advancing medical imaging?
  13. LGBTQ+ individuals show decreased breast cancer screening rates
  14. Wash. MRI technologist bill to take effect June 6
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