RADIOLOGY NEWS
Both sides weigh in on plan to loosen radiopharma rules
January 16, 2019 -- The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's proposal to create a way for physicians with little or no background in nuclear medicine to become "limited authorized users" and dispense radiopharmaceuticals is drawing both opposition and support from across the healthcare spectrum.  Discuss
DBT finds more invasive, early-stage cancers
January 16, 2019 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) finds 13% more invasive and early-stage cancers in women with dense tissue than conventional 2D mammography, according to a study published in the January issue of the Korean Journal of Radiology.  Discuss
AI can differentiate glioblastoma, brain metastasis
January 16, 2019 -- The combination of radiomics and an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm can yield a high rate of accuracy for differentiating between glioblastoma and solitary brain metastasis on T1-weighted MRI exams, according to research published online January 11 in the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging.  Discuss
Personalized treatment fights early-stage kidney cancer
January 15, 2019 -- Personalized treatment plans based on computer models can help improve life expectancy for early-stage kidney cancer patients who have risk factors for worsening kidney disease, according to research published online January 15 in Radiology.  Discuss
Less jargon makes MRI reports easier to read
January 15, 2019 -- It's time for radiologists to use more common words that patients can understand when they read their lumbar spine MRI and other exam results, concluded a study published online January 8 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Coding changes that will affect radiology practices in 2019
January 15, 2019 -- What coding changes are in store for U.S. radiology practices in 2019? Rebecca Farrington of Healthcare Administrative Partners takes a look at revisions in the current procedural terminology (CPT) codes and what they mean for your coding.  Discuss
Are CT lung screening trials underestimating harms?
January 15, 2019 -- The complication rates and subsequent costs of invasive diagnostic procedures ordered after positive CT lung screening exams were two times greater in clinical practice than reported in the National Lung Screening Trial, according to an article published online January 14 in JAMA Internal Medicine.  Discuss
MRI shows that cannabis alters youth brain development
January 15, 2019 -- MR images revealed that smoking even a small amount of cannabis increased gray-matter volume in several brain regions in 14-year-olds who imbibed recreationally, according to a study published online January 14 in the Journal of Neuroscience.  Discuss
MRI jargon draws fire in Vox series on health costs
January 15, 2019 -- Online news portal Vox continues find radiology in its sights as it takes aim at runaway healthcare costs. In a January 14 article, the site criticized jargon that hospitals use to describe radiology services -- in particular MRI -- as an example of why healthcare charges are so hard to understand.  Discuss
Tissue enhancement on breast MRI informs cancer risk
January 14, 2019 -- Elevated levels of background parenchymal enhancement on breast MRI increase a woman's risk of developing invasive breast cancer -- even more than breast tissue density does, according to a study published online January 9 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.  Discuss
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