Which biopsy method best detects prostate cancer?
June 18, 2019 -- The combination of ultrasound- and MRI-guided biopsy yields the best chance of detecting prostate cancer, as each method can find malignant lesions missed by the other, researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles reported in a study published online June 12 in JAMA Surgery. Read More
Prostate imaging director can improve MRI efficiency
June 18, 2019 -- Designating a staff member to serve as a director of prostate imaging can greatly improve the quality of prostate MRI scans, according to a study by Canadian researchers published online June 10 in the American Journal of Roentgenology. Read More
USPSTF proposes to reaffirm stance on AAA screening
June 18, 2019 -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is seeking comment on a draft recommendation statement on screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), in which the group proposes to maintain its existing guidance that older men receive screening exams. Read More
6 Steps to Radiology: Part 6 -- The internship year
June 17, 2019 -- If radiology residency is a marathon, then internship is the warmup. Across the U.S., medical students who have successfully matched to a radiology residency program are preparing for their internship year. Dr. Nupur Verma offers some advice in our final 6 Steps to Radiology article for the 2018-2019 academic year. Read More
3D printing bolsters surgery for multiple rib fractures
June 17, 2019 -- Using 3D-printed models based on chest CT scans allows clinicians to personalize surgical treatment for patients with multiple rib fractures -- reducing operating times and the risk of intraoperative complications, according to an article published online June 11 in the Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Read More
5 trends shaping the future of global ultrasound
June 17, 2019 -- 2018 was a record year for the world ultrasound equipment market, with revenues increasing by 6.8%, tipping the market over the $7 billion mark for the first time. The ultrasound market is forecast to continue growing relatively strongly in the coming years, with five trends driving growth, according to Simon Harris of market research firm Signify Research. Read More
Update on interventional radiology coding and billing
June 17, 2019 -- Proper coding of physician services is essential to efficient billing and the optimization of reimbursement from payors, including commercial and governmental entities. The current procedural terminology codes issued by the American Medical Association to describe physician procedures are supposed to be recognized as standards, but in practice they are not accepted equally by all payors. Read More
MedPAC June report focuses on site of service
June 14, 2019 -- In some good news for radiology, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) June report to the U.S. Congress does not propose any cuts in physician payments beyond statutory updates mandated by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. Read More
Elevated CT CAC scores linked to future heart failure
June 14, 2019 -- The presence of coronary artery calcium (CAC) on the CT scans of middle-aged individuals, especially African Americans, was associated with an increased risk of structural heart abnormalities and future heart failure in a new study, published online June 14 in Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging. Read More
MRI aids in assessing cocaine-related heart damage
June 14, 2019 -- Cardiac MRI's ability to noninvasively provide a microscopic view of living tissue plays a critical role in helping clinicians differentiate between symptoms of heart disease and cocaine-induced cardiac abnormalities, according to a study published June 13 in Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging. Read More
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