NIH launches COVID-19 AI, imaging data center
August 5, 2020 -- The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has launched the Medical Imaging and Data Resource Center, which will provide artificial intelligence (AI) and medical imaging data to clinicians treating patients with COVID-19.
Radiology payments to be lower under 2021 MPFS, HOPPS
August 5, 2020 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released proposed rules for the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and the 2021 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) -- and they don't bring good news for radiology.  Discuss
Intelerad invests in cloud with Radius acquisition
August 5, 2020 -- Enterprise imaging software developer Intelerad Medical Systems is investing in the future of cloud computing in radiology with the acquisition of Radius, a provider of cloud hosting and managed services.  Discuss
USPSTF advises against carotid artery stenosis screening
August 5, 2020 -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is poised to once again recommend against screening for asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis. The task force reaffirmed its D rating in a draft recommendation statement published on August 4.  Discuss
X-ray isolation keeps patients and staff safe during COVID-19
August 5, 2020 -- The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many radiology facilities to find innovative ways to do their work while keeping patients and staff safe. In a new paper, Australian researchers describe their technique for acquiring x-rays through glass, enabling x-ray equipment to be isolated outside patient rooms.  Discuss
Relaxing rooms may improve mammogram image quality
August 5, 2020 -- A women's imaging center in Florida has reported that spa-like rooms with soothing videos, scents, and sounds resulted in better mammogram image quality. Their study is the first to link multisensory environments to better breast images, according to the researchers.  Discuss
Russian scientists develop breast MRI device
August 5, 2020 -- A group of Russian scientists have developed a device that can enable existing MRI scanners to perform breast MRI without the need for specialized breast coils. They shared their results in research published online July 31 in Nature Communications.  Discuss
Snapchat makes radiology diagnosis a snap for residents
August 4, 2020 -- Snapchat -- the social media platform famous for its quickly disappearing images -- proved to be an effective tool for educating radiology residents in a small pilot study published on July 30 in Emergency Radiology.  Discuss
ACR to coordinate imaging for large COVID-19 study
August 4, 2020 -- The American College of Radiology (ACR) Center for Research and Innovation (CRI) will lead imaging coordination efforts for a multicenter study on patients with severe acute COVID-19.  Discuss
Pediatric EDs using more ultrasound, MRI instead of CT
August 3, 2020 -- Although pediatric emergency departments (EDs) performed fewer CT exams between 2009 and 2018, their utilization of advanced imaging increased overall due to expanded use of MRI and ultrasound exams, according to research published online August 3 in JAMA Pediatrics.  Discuss