More from Arab Health; CMS panel weighs amyloid PET; Medical Imaging Confidence Index

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Stories from Arab Health 2013 continue to flow in from our sister site, including an article on new data presented from the Egyptian breast cancer screening program.

Researchers found that patients with suspicious cases who fail to show for follow-up represent an ongoing challenge. Find out more details and how the screening program is progressing by clicking here.

More coverage of Arab Health 2013 can be found over at

Medicare coverage for beta-amyloid PET?

Momentum for PET amyloid imaging appeared to be building earlier this week with the publication of criteria spelling out when, how, and why it should be used. Reimbursement is always critical for the adoption of any new technology, however, and a U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) advisory committee meeting on Wednesday may represent a speed bump.

After reviewing the evidence, CMS' Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee found that more studies are needed to confirm the efficacy of Eli Lilly and Avid Radiopharmaceuticals' Amyvid radiopharmaceutical for brain beta-amyloid PET imaging, according to an article by features editor Wayne Forrest.

Access our coverage by clicking here, or visit our Molecular Imaging Digital Community at

Medical Imaging Confidence Index

While confident in their practice's ability to maintain or increase growth as a profit center, radiology administrators aren't showing much confidence that Medicare reimbursement for imaging will be sufficient in the coming months, according to first-quarter data from the MarkeTech Group and AHRA's Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI). Find out more by clicking here.

Medicare reimbursement issues are just one of the many threats facing radiology today. What can be done to protect the specialty? Dr. Vijay Rao and Dr. David C. Levin of Thomas Jefferson University have a few ideas. You can review 12 of their suggested actions for radiologists by clicking here for the first of a two-part series, or drop by our Imaging Leaders Digital Community at

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