RADIOLOGY NEWS
SGR repeal effort snagged by partisan politics
March 14, 2014 -- The bipartisan effort to repeal the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula is hitting political obstacles, as Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives move to pass a version of repeal legislation that includes amendments linking the fix to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Discuss
Imaging Forward: How medical imaging is transforming medicine
March 14, 2014 -- Earlier this month, the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA) launched Imaging Forward, a campaign to draw awareness to medical imaging's contributions to medicine. In this opinion article, MITA Executive Director Gail Rodriguez, PhD, describes how technology that was once unimaginable is now the standard of care.  Discuss
ACR, 40 orgs call for Medicare coverage of CT lung screening
March 13, 2014 -- The American College of Radiology (ACR) and 40 other medical organizations and healthcare providers are calling for full Medicare coverage for low-dose CT lung cancer screening.  Discuss
Radiology's top tweeters: Dr. Geraldine McGinty
March 13, 2014 -- With a Twitter following of more than 1,600, Dr. Geraldine McGinty is a social media force to be reckoned with. As part of our ongoing series on radiologists who tweet, AuntMinnie.com spoke with McGinty, who explained her belief that Twitter can get the word out about radiology's role in delivering quality healthcare.  Discuss
UAE hospital tracks kids' interventional heart doses
March 13, 2014 -- Researchers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are tracking radiation dose for interventional cardiology exams in children in order to optimize exposure. They found that levels are reasonable for the most common exams -- but they're mostly higher than the lowest published doses, according to a presentation at the 2014 Arab Health meeting.  Discuss
Florbetapir-PET links beta amyloid to cognitive decline at 3 years
March 12, 2014 -- Individuals who tested positive for beta amyloid on florbetapir-PET brain scans were more likely to decline cognitively over a three-year period than those with a negative scan, in a study published online March 11 in Molecular Psychiatry.  Discuss
Nuclear medicine patient survey finds mixed results
March 12, 2014 -- Researchers from Egypt studied patient satisfaction at a nuclear medicine department and found that while the patients were satisfied with the department's infrastructure, they didn't like wait times and how they were informed of their procedures. Changes have already been made in response to the survey.  Discuss
New BI-RADS uncouples assessment and management
March 11, 2014 -- VIENNA - The fifth edition of the BI-RADS atlas has been released, and while there have been several changes, perhaps the most important is the uncoupling of the assessment category and management recommendation, according to presenters at an ECR 2014 session on Sunday afternoon.  Discuss
Heart rate jumps with CT contrast agent
March 10, 2014 -- VIENNA - Faster heart rates are the last thing radiologists want with coronary CT angiography. But that's apparently what they get when using a contrast agent with a slightly higher iodine concentration, according to a Monday presentation at ECR 2014.  Discuss
Study finds PET/CT can help diagnose CUP syndrome
March 10, 2014 -- VIENNA - FDG-PET/CT can identify a possible primary tumor in patients with carcinoma with unknown primary tumor (CUP) syndrome at a rate comparable to that found in autopsy studies, German researchers reported on Monday at ECR 2014.  Discuss
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