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Dear Digital X-Ray Insider,

Do we really need to conduct routine follow-up x-rays on patients who have undergone total shoulder arthroplasty (TSA) procedures? A group from the University of Virginia Health System is questioning that practice in an article we're featuring as this edition's Digital X-Ray Insider Exclusive.

A research group from the university postulated that with improvements in TSA surgery, patients might not need as many routine radiographs to monitor their progress. They had a musculoskeletal radiologist review a series of x-rays in TSA patients, then tracked how many were abnormal or actually resulted in a change in patient management.

The answer? Not many. Find out more by clicking here for an article you're getting access to before the rest of the membership.

When you're done with that story, check out some of the articles in the Digital X-Ray Community listed below for new developments in the field of digital x-ray:

  • Learn about a new market report that says the flat-panel digital detector market is primed for growth.
  • Find out about new digital x-ray products introduced at this week's Arab Health meeting by Kiran Medical, Varex Imaging, and Agfa HealthCare.
  • In fact, Varex last month made its official debut as a spin-off of Varian Medical Systems. Learn more by clicking here.
  • Get the scoop on how a proposal by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to allow advanced-level nurses to read medical images got scaled back -- a victory for VA radiologists.
  • Deep learning is all the rage, but can it really be applied to radiology's oldest modality? Researchers from the U.S. National Institutes of Health say yes -- find out how by clicking here.

Finally, a 20% reimbursement cut for analog x-ray payments in Medicare and Medicaid went into effect on January 1 as part of the U.S. government's effort to move medical practices to digital imaging. Have the cuts impacted your practice? Or are you already outfitted with digital x-ray? Let me know by dropping me a line at the link below.

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