RADIOLOGY NEWS
New solid nodules may increase lung cancer risk
November 7, 2017 -- Lung nodules found on follow-up CT lung screening rounds could be more dangerous than those found on baseline exams, according to a new analysis of data from the National Lung Screening Trial. The findings are published in the November issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Machine learning helps predict exam wait times, delays
November 6, 2017 -- Accurately predicting how long patients may have to wait for their imaging exams is key for both practice management and patient satisfaction. Machine learning may be able to help, according to a study published online October 24 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Mixed results for radiology in final 2018 Hospital OPPS
November 6, 2017 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released its final rule for the 2018 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System -- and there's both good and bad news for radiology.  Discuss
No radiology cuts in final 2018 MPFS; CDS pushed back
November 3, 2017 -- On November 2, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule for the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) -- and in an unusual twist, there are no cuts to radiology. CMS will also push back the date for starting clinical decision support (CDS) another year, to January 2020.  Discuss
Norris lawsuit puts personal face on gadolinium debate
November 3, 2017 -- The controversy over retained gadolinium from MRI just got personal. The lawsuit filed November 1 by action film star Chuck Norris and his wife Gena against 11 firms linked to the manufacture and distribution of gadolinium MRI contrast puts a public face on the issue and could influence the debate over how these agents should be regulated.  Discuss
Can deep learning prevent unnecessary thyroid biopsies?
November 2, 2017 -- Approximately 90% of biopsies performed on thyroid nodules have benign findings. Deep learning may help many of these patients avoid unnecessary procedures, according to a research team from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and Arizona State University.  Discuss
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 49: Where's your Flossie?
November 2, 2017 -- Every hospital has one -- the old-school doctor who refuses to change with the times. Andy encounters this firsthand in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend.  Discuss
Action star Chuck Norris, wife file gadolinium MRI lawsuit
November 1, 2017 -- Action film star Chuck Norris and his wife Gena have filed a lawsuit against 11 companies involved in the manufacture and distribution of MRI gadolinium-based contrast agents, alleging that their products are responsible for Gena's severe health problems. The litigation ensures that the gadolinium controversy will remain in the public eye.  Discuss
MRI reveals brain changes caused by space travel
November 1, 2017 -- Long-term space travel causes changes in the brain anatomy of astronauts that can be detected on MRI scans, according to a study published November 1 in the New England Journal of Medicine. The findings could affect planning for long-term space travel, such as a mission to Mars.  Discuss
MRI shows football position, career length affect the brain
October 31, 2017 -- MRI scans of 61 former college and professional football players have found that damage to their brains from recurrent hits can vary based on their position on the field and the length of their careers, according to a study published online October 31 in Radiology.  Discuss
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