Proposed 2017 MPFS is a mixed bag for radiology
July 14, 2016 -- When the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services releases its proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) each year, the news isn't always good. For 2017, the proposed rule is a typical mishmash, containing some provisions that benefit radiology and some that don't.  Discuss
Coalition proposes MRI patient-safety blueprint
July 14, 2016 -- With the goal of ensuring overall safety and patient care in the MRI environment, a coalition of international MR organizations has published a blueprint to guide the creation of three safety positions within radiology departments or imaging centers.  Discuss
Imaging accreditation with quality and ease: Part 3
July 13, 2016 -- In the third installment of this series, Judith Buckland from consulting firm CardioServ offers more tips on how to comply with the latest accreditation requirements for quality improvement from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission.  Discuss
Combo MRI scans show how stomach tells brain it's full
July 13, 2016 -- By combining anatomic MR images of the stomach with functional MR images of brain activity, Dutch researchers have shown how the stomach tells the brain it's full during a meal -- and how drinking more water can alter this communication channel.  Discuss
JAMA IM: Pay for women equals men in academic radiology
July 12, 2016 -- A survey of two dozen U.S. public medical schools found that female radiologists were paid essentially the same amount as their male counterparts -- the only medical specialty to achieve gender pay equity, according to a new article published July 11 in JAMA Internal Medicine.  Discuss
Very low calcium scores do not guarantee negative MPI
July 12, 2016 -- Symptomatic patients with very low coronary artery calcium scores are almost as likely to have a positive SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) scan and a subsequent cardiac event as patients with higher calcium scores, according to a study presented at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging annual meeting.  Discuss
fMRI software falls short of expectations
July 12, 2016 -- An extensive analysis of software commonly used for functional MRI (fMRI) has found false-positive rates of up to 70%, which may have adversely influenced the results of thousands of neuroimaging examinations, according to a Swedish/U.K. study.  Discuss
PET/MRI technique shows promise for prostate cancer
July 12, 2016 -- The combination of F-18 choline PET and multiparametric MRI shows promise for detecting prostate cancer, according to a study in the July issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss
Will AI soon put radiologists out of a job?
July 11, 2016 -- Are radiologists really "wasted protoplasms" -- as allegedly described recently by a CEO of a medical imaging start-up company -- who can be easily replaced in the future with artificial intelligence (AI) technology? Not so fast, according to Dr. Eliot Siegel of the University of Maryland.  Discuss
Ultrasound might be better choice for shoulder than MRI
July 11, 2016 -- Can musculoskeletal ultrasound obviate the need for MRI in adult patients with shoulder pain? Perhaps, as most of the time the combination of radiography and ultrasound is all that's needed, according to research published in the July issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
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