How Medicare's final rule for 2020 will affect radiologists
November 21, 2019 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released the annual changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule in its final rule that contains not only adjustments to Medicare reimbursement but also revisions to the Quality Payment Program for 2020 and beyond. Sandy Coffta of Healthcare Administrative Partners unpacks the rule.  Discuss
Multiple AI algorithms work better together
November 21, 2019 -- Employing multiple artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to attack a task together results in better performance compared with using a single AI algorithm on its own, according to a study published online November 20 in Radiology: Artificial Intelligence.  Discuss
MRI scoring system could predict liver transplant need
November 21, 2019 -- European researchers have developed a functional liver imaging score that uses gadoxetic acid-enhanced MRI to help predict which patients with advanced chronic liver disease might need a transplant or are at greater risk of mortality, according to a study published online November 19 in Radiology.  Discuss
AI abstracts top list of Roadie winners for RSNA 2019
November 20, 2019 -- The hottest topics at RSNA 2019 will cover the gamut of radiology research, from artificial intelligence (AI) for chest x-ray and mammography to new structured reporting tools for endometriosis evaluation. That's based on the abstracts that received Roadie awards for this year's meeting.  Discuss
Practical Considerations of AI: Part 6 -- Ready, fire, aim
November 20, 2019 -- In part 6 of his Practical Considerations of AI series, PACSman Michael J. Cannavo shares his thoughts on why the market for radiology artificial intelligence technology has been slow to develop and what companies can do to stand out from the crowd.  Discuss
CT radiation increases risk of thyroid cancer, leukemia
November 20, 2019 -- Researchers from the U.S. and Taiwan have identified an association between radiation exposure from CT scans and an increased risk of thyroid cancer and leukemia in a large-scale, population-based study. The findings are covered in an article published online on November 19 in JNCI Cancer Spectrum.  Discuss
fMRI shows how brains rebound from hemispherectomy
November 19, 2019 -- A new study published online November 19 in Cell Reports sheds new light on how some people are able to recover from hemispherectomy -- removal of half their brain -- and still function at a high level. Functional MRI (fMRI) demonstrated how the brain compensates by restoring communication in certain areas to compensate for the loss.  Discuss
Which MRI sequences can best handle metal braces?
November 19, 2019 -- What is the best way to overcome artifacts in patients wearing metallic orthodontic devices? The authors of a new study published November 12 in Radiology recommend slight modifications in functional MRI and diffusion-tensor MR imaging sequences to complete the task.  Discuss
La. keepsake ultrasound center leaves moms in lurch
November 19, 2019 -- A group of expecting moms in Louisiana have discovered a hard lesson about the perils of keepsake ultrasound centers. The center apparently told dozens of women the wrong gender for their babies, and it even told one woman to do jumping jacks to enable a better view on ultrasound scans, according to news reports.  Discuss
CCTA, functional tests stratify heart disease risk by age
November 18, 2019 -- The combination of coronary CT angiography (CCTA) scans and functional tests such as stress echocardiography can predict the likelihood of heart attack and death in individuals at risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) based on their age, according to a study published online November 18 in JAMA Cardiology.  Discuss
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