CMS proposes overhaul of meaningful use program
April 25, 2018 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a number of changes to its Inpatient Prospective Payment System and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System for 2019, including renaming and overhauling its meaningful use IT stimulus program.  Discuss
MRI expands eligibility of stroke patients for tPA therapy
April 25, 2018 -- Determining the best course of therapy for stroke patients depends largely on when their stroke symptoms began. But what if they were asleep when their stroke started? Fortunately, a combination of MRI protocols could offer a possible solution, according to a report published April 25 in the Annals of Neurology.  Discuss
ARRS: DTI-MRI shows brain damage from cocaine use
April 25, 2018 -- WASHINGTON, DC - MRI scans with a diffusion-tensor imaging protocol (DTI-MRI) are helping to illustrate microstructural changes in the brain's white matter in people with cocaine use disorder, according to a study presented on Tuesday at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) meeting.  Discuss
3DHeals: Emerging technologies complement 3D printing
April 25, 2018 -- How might emerging technologies work together as they expand their role in healthcare imaging? 3D printing experts shared their perspectives on the integration of 3D printing with augmented reality and artificial intelligence in several presentations at the 3DHeals 2018 conference last week in San Francisco.  Discuss
MICI Q2: Slow and steady for radiology managers
April 25, 2018 -- Radiology administrators and business managers continue to show cautious optimism in their future business prospects, continuing an 18-month period of stability in the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI), according to the latest numbers for the second quarter of 2018.  Discuss
ARRS: Added radiation exposure from DBT is within limits
April 24, 2018 -- WASHINGTON, DC - While digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) increases radiation exposure for women when used with digital mammography for screening, the combined dose remains well within safety standards, according to a study presented on Monday at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) meeting.  Discuss
'Orangeworm' hacker group targets healthcare with virus
April 23, 2018 -- A new hacker group called Orangeworm has developed a computer virus that specifically targets the healthcare sector. The virus has already been detected on devices such as x-ray and MRI machines, according to a warning issued on April 23 by antivirus firm Symantec.  Discuss
False-positive screening results don't deter patients
April 23, 2018 -- Patients who previously had a false-positive breast or prostate cancer screening test aren't deterred from future screening -- in fact, they are more likely to comply with screening protocols, according to a study published online April 23 in Cancer.  Discuss
Long-term deals and AI drive Q1 sales growth at Philips
April 23, 2018 -- More long-term managed service deals, along with increased activity in the artificial intelligence (AI) sector and a strong performance in ultrasound, have contributed to revenue growth at Philips during the first three months of 2018.  Discuss
Metal-free tomosynthesis spots success of hip implants
April 23, 2018 -- Chinese researchers found that digital tomosynthesis with a metal artifact reduction algorithm was better than either CT or conventional radiography for assessing the integration of hip implants with bone. Their findings were published in the May issue of the Journal of Arthroplasty.  Discuss
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