FLAIR pulse sequence makes MRI for headache more efficient
July 3, 2013 -- In this era of healthcare cost control, is there a better way to use MRI for patients with headache? There might be: Researchers have found a protocol that eliminates MRI sequences that are potentially unnecessary for diagnosis, according to a new study published in the July issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
JACR: Medicare imaging utilization shows steady decline
July 3, 2013 -- Utilization rates and spending for medical imaging in the Medicare program have continued a steady downward trend that began in 2003, bucking widespread assumptions that both would continue to rise, according to a report published in the July issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
H7N9 bird flu pneumonia scans show common imaging findings
July 2, 2013 -- A new bird flu strain known as influenza H7N9 appeared in China this year and quickly took a number of human victims. An article in Radiology published on Tuesday includes some of the first radiologic images of the effects of the virus, revealing typical patterns of progression and regression on CT scans and radiographs of the chest.  Discuss
Meeting customer needs in the 3D lab: Part 1
July 2, 2013 -- In this first installment of a two-part series on implementing postprocessing requirements for radiologists and clinicians in the 3D laboratory, provides 3D technologist Laura Pierce's suggestions on how to address the needs of radiologists.  Discuss
U.S. updates x-ray rules for black lung program
July 2, 2013 -- The U.S. government has finalized new rules that allow images from digital radiography (DR) systems to be used for claims filed under its program for screening coal miners for black lung disease. The program's technical specifications haven't been updated since 1980, despite the rising use of DR.  Discuss
Radiation risk matters in cancer screening decisions
July 1, 2013 -- CT wins the cost-benefit analysis in most cancer screening tests involving the modality, but the risks of ionizing radiation aren't negligible and should continue to be scrutinized as a factor in screening decisions, according to an article in the July edition of the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
NaF-PET/CT beats scintigraphy, SPECT/CT for bone metastases
July 1, 2013 -- Sodium fluoride (NaF) PET/CT provides greater sensitivity and specificity for the detection of bone metastases than planar bone scintigraphy and SPECT/CT, according to a new pilot study from Copenhagen University Hospital.  Discuss
As payment models change, imaging must focus on 4 key priorities
June 28, 2013 -- Radiology has a central role in healthcare: It makes up 7.5% of U.S. healthcare expenditures and 14% of Medicare's Part B spending, with direct costs for radiology totaling $175 billion per year. So as healthcare delivery and payment systems shift, radiologists are challenged to operate within a different framework.  Discuss
Stanford neuroimaging center highlights MRI-based artwork
June 28, 2013 -- While some people might wish to forget the experience of undergoing an MRI exam, others turn it into art. Inspired by scans of her own brain, California artist Laura Jacobson recently created a permanent collection of works for the Stanford Center for Cognitive and Neurobiological Imaging.  Discuss
JAMA: Use of advanced radiation therapy grows
June 28, 2013 -- The use of advanced radiation therapy technologies grew rapidly between 2004 and 2009 for treating men with prostate cancer, particularly among those who might not be at risk of dying from the disease, according to an article published in the June 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Discuss
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