Breast screening rates fall for older women in ACOs
March 20, 2018 -- Women older than 75 received breast screening less often after they enrolled in an accountable care organization (ACO), found a study published online March 19 in JAMA Internal Medicine. The change was part of a general trend in which ACOs shifted cancer screening to conform with existing clinical guidelines.  Discuss
SIR: 3D printing aids US-guided procedure simulation
March 20, 2018 -- Researchers have created 3D-printed models of groin vasculature with texture resembling real tissue for use in training students on ultrasound-guided interventional procedures. They detailed their experience with the models in a March 20 talk at the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) 2018 annual meeting.  Discuss
SIR: Holography platform boosts reader confidence for aneurysms
March 19, 2018 -- Researchers are reporting positive results using a holographic augmented reality platform to assess splenic artery aneurysms in a study presented at this week's Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) annual meeting.  Discuss
How important is the MIPS cost category to radiology?
March 19, 2018 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services threw a surprise into the Quality Payment Program final rule for 2018 when it included the cost category as 10% of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) final score for 2018 reporting. In this new article, Richard Morris of Healthcare Administrative Partners helps you prepare for the change.  Discuss
New data from Match 2018 underscore radiology's rebound
March 16, 2018 -- Radiology has completed its rebound as a specialty that's desirable to medical students, if data from this week's 2018 Main Residency Match are any indication. U.S. diagnostic radiology programs reported in as 100% filled, with no programs posting any unfilled first-year radiology residency positions.  Discuss
Siemens Healthineers launches IPO, raising $5.2B
March 16, 2018 -- The Siemens Healthineers division of German industrial conglomerate Siemens AG launched its long-awaited initial public offering (IPO) today, raising $5.2 billion U.S. (4.24 billion euros). Shares in the new company immediately rose 6% on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.  Discuss
Is artificial intelligence ethical in healthcare?
March 16, 2018 -- Artificial intelligence technology holds much promise for improving the quality of healthcare, but there are crucial ethical issues that need to be considered for the benefits of machine learning to be realized, according to a perspective piece published March 15 in the New England Journal of Medicine.  Discuss
CT scans reveal changes to MLB baseballs
March 16, 2018 -- CT may have helped researchers uncover why there's been an explosion of home runs in Major League Baseball (MLB). A group from California and Ohio scanned baseballs and found that their density has dipped in recent years -- supporting suspicions that "juiced balls" are behind the power surge.  Discuss
Broken record? MedPAC still frets about imaging use
March 15, 2018 -- Is the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) starting to sound like a broken record? The group's latest report to Congress continues to sound the alarm that imaging is overused, despite the fact that growth in imaging utilization has actually declined since 2009.  Discuss
DBT know-how boosts FFDM recall, cancer detection rates
March 15, 2018 -- A study in the March issue of Radiology indicates that experience with digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) may change the way breast imagers interpret 2D mammograms in subtle but significant ways. Researchers found higher recall rates in this scenario, but also a boost in cancer detection rates and positive predictive value.  Discuss
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