Longer mammography follow-up may be risky for many women
November 8, 2018 -- Mammography facilities that serve more "vulnerable" women tend to have longer follow-up times to biopsy after an abnormal mammogram, according to a study published online November 5 in Health Services Research. And taking longer to biopsy suspicious findings could be putting these women at risk.  Discuss
3D head models reduce workload for brain radiotherapy
November 8, 2018 -- 3D-printed models of human heads may remove the need for brain cancer patients to undergo a simulation CT exam before receiving whole-brain radiotherapy -- reducing costs and increasing workflow efficiency, according to an article published in the January issue of Technology in Cancer Research and Treatment.  Discuss
How well does imaging AI perform in the real world?
November 7, 2018 -- Artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms can yield impressive results when tested on images similar to those used in their training. But how well do they do on images acquired at other hospitals and on different patient populations? Not always as well, according to research published online November 6 in PLOS Medicine.  Discuss
Deep-learning algorithm predicts Alzheimer's disease
November 7, 2018 -- By learning to identify the metabolic patterns of Alzheimer's disease, a deep-learning algorithm for brain FDG-PET studies can accurately predict the onset of this devastating disease years before a clinical diagnosis can be made, according to new research published online in Radiology.  Discuss
Residents dive into gamified POCUS education
November 7, 2018 -- Do you want to help residents brush up on their point-of-care (POCUS) ultrasound skills? Try turning educational content into a competitive game, according to a study published in the November issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.  Discuss
Many clinicians don't follow PET/CT reporting guidelines
November 7, 2018 -- There is plenty of room for improvement when it comes to clinicians following established reporting guidelines for oncology PET/CT scans. A survey of more than 200 imaging sites worldwide found a "lack of awareness" that reporting standards even exist, according to results published online November 2 in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss
Site-neutral payments are coming to Medicare in 2019
November 6, 2018 -- The U.S. Medicare system in 2019 will officially move toward a site-neutral payment policy in which healthcare providers will be paid the same by Medicare for clinic visits, regardless of where the service took place, according to a final rule issued November 2. The rule upends longstanding Medicare policy in which healthcare payments varied based on the setting.  Discuss
Elastography helps diagnose pediatric liver fibrosis
November 6, 2018 -- Transient elastography is an effective diagnostic tool for identifying liver fibrosis in children, according to a study from South Korea that was published in the November issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Robot arm assists with PET/CT-guided needle biopsies
November 6, 2018 -- By combining a robotic arm-assisted needle navigation system with PET/CT, researchers in India are performing more-accurate targeted biopsies for suspicious bone and bone marrow lesions with near-perfect diagnostic results, according to a study published online November 1 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
MICI Q4: Imaging managers hope for strong finish to 2018
November 5, 2018 -- Managers of radiology departments and imaging centers are hoping for a strong finish to 2018, based on data and comments in the fourth quarter of the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI). Still, nagging questions remain about reimbursement from Medicare and private payors.  Discuss
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