RADIOLOGY NEWS
Staff costs account for much of MRI operational expenses
August 8, 2020 -- The costs involved in staffing an MRI service -- particularly for radiologic technologists -- made up the greatest expense involved in operating an MRI scanner, according to a total-cost-of-ownership analysis presented at this week's International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine meeting.  Discuss
The 3 advances making MRI better for breast screening
August 8, 2020 -- The future of breast screening may not be mammography but MRI. The technical advances making MRI quicker, more accurate, and less costly for breast screening were discussed at a presentation on August 8 at the Society for MR Radiographers & Technologists annual meeting.  Discuss
Augmented reality can control MR scanners
August 8, 2020 -- Augmented reality can provide an alternative to traditional MR console software for controlling the scanner and viewing images, according to research presented at this week's virtual conference and exhibition of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.  Discuss
Are GBCAs really needed for breast MRI exams?
August 7, 2020 -- Are gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) really needed for breast MRI? Not if the technique of diffusion-tensor imaging is used, according to a study published August 6 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Delayed breast cancer surgery not tied to worse outcomes
August 7, 2020 -- Women with early-stage breast cancer who had to delay surgery due to the novel coronavirus pandemic are unlikely to experience worse survival rates, according to the findings of a study published on August 6 in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.  Discuss
Radiology education in the COVID-19 era
August 7, 2020 -- The COVID-19 pandemic has had wide-ranging effects on radiology, from lower procedure volumes to major changes in workspaces and scanning rooms to keep patients and staff safe. In this webinar, three radiology educators discuss how they restructured their radiologist training programs in response to the pandemic.  Discuss
Is DBT cost-effective? It depends on where you live
August 7, 2020 -- Whether digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is more effective than digital mammography for breast screening may depend on the country. An August 4 study in Radiology found that DBT was largely cost-effective at a threshold of $38,500 per life-year gained -- but not at $20,000 per life-year gained.  Discuss
Early pandemic funding sources may require action now
August 7, 2020 -- What's going on with some of the other sources for COVID-19 relief funding that are available? Rebecca Farrington of Healthcare Administrative Partners reviews some of the options.  Discuss
Why Siemens-Varian deal is a win-win for both companies
August 6, 2020 -- News of the deal between Siemens Healthineers and Varian Medical Systems will have caught many industry onlookers off guard on Sunday evening. In a new analysis, Stephen Holloway of Signify Research explains why the deal is a great fit for both companies.  Discuss
Radiology practices cut costs in response to COVID-19
August 6, 2020 -- Faced with sharply lower imaging volumes in the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, most radiology practices in the U.S. were forced to adopt cost-cutting measures such as reducing headcount, salaries, and incentive payments, according to research published online August 4 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss