RADIOLOGY NEWS
Beverly Hills radiologist gets 10 years in fraud case
June 19, 2018 -- A radiologist from Beverly Hills, CA, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of 39 felony fraud counts related to charges that he paid referring physicians for imaging services such as MRI and ultrasound scans.  Discuss
New 3D CT technique tops x-ray for diagnosing arthritis
June 19, 2018 -- Researchers from the U.K. have developed an algorithm capable of detecting subtle changes in the spacing between arthritic joints on 3D-reconstructed CT scans better than even standard x-ray imaging can, according to an article published online on June 18 in Scientific Reports.  Discuss
Sodickson: ISMRM can play sheriff in AI's Wild West
June 19, 2018 -- The imaging artificial intelligence (AI) landscape is like the Wild West right now, but the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) can act as the sheriff, according to Dr. Daniel Sodickson, PhD, the society's president.  Discuss
Group reveals work on hybrid acoustic-optical imaging
June 19, 2018 -- Researchers from the California Institute of Technology have developed an imaging technique that combines optical with acoustic imaging. They believe it could someday offer a viable alternative to screening mammography, according to a paper published online June 15 in Nature Communications.  Discuss
6 Steps to Radiology: Part 1 -- Where do I sign up?
June 18, 2018 -- 6 Steps to Radiology is a series of six articles that will run throughout the 2018-2019 academic year to help medical students find their ideal radiology residency program. In our first article, Dr. Tan-Lucien Hassan Mohammed of the University of Florida offers tips for polishing your application.  Discuss
Patient outreach may boost uptake for CT lung screening
June 18, 2018 -- Amidst disappointing uptake of CT lung cancer screening, one group of researchers was able to buck the trend within a U.S. Veterans Affairs health network. The key? Bolstering outreach to eligible smokers, according to an article in the June American Journal of Managed Care.  Discuss
Radiology research diversity could use improvement
June 18, 2018 -- Incentives are needed to promote greater diversity and the inclusion of women among radiologist researchers, according to a study published online June 13 in Academic Radiology.  Discuss
MedPAC proposes imaging payment cuts in June report
June 15, 2018 -- The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has proposed reimbursement cuts to specialties -- including radiology -- of almost 4%, while increasing payments for services such as clinician and hospital outpatient visits by 10%.  Discuss
U.S. finalizes tariff list of Chinese products
June 15, 2018 -- As expected, the Trump administration has formalized its plans to impose tariffs on a wide variety of products manufactured in China. Effective July 6, more than 800 products -- including a range of medical imaging technologies -- will be hit with 25% import tariffs.  Discuss
Value of AAA screening drops as smoking declines
June 15, 2018 -- Mortality from abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) has dropped sharply over the past two decades, thanks to lower smoking rates -- and this trend is reducing the value of ultrasound AAA screening programs, according to a large Swedish study published in the Lancet.  Discuss
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