VA proposal would let nurses take on imaging duties
June 3, 2016 -- Advanced-level nurses would be able to order and interpret some medical imaging exams in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health system under a proposal issued late last month. Advocates for radiology are vowing to fight the proposal, saying it would compromise patient care and lead to inappropriate imaging utilization.  Discuss
6 steps to success in radiology data analytics
June 3, 2016 -- The modern radiology practice continues to experience rapid growth in data, thanks to the ongoing development of imaging modalities and the use of advanced medical imaging in molecular, genomic, and precision medicine. As radiology transitions to value-based care, advanced data analytics is no longer an option.  Discuss
Can an iPad be used to read CCTA studies?
June 2, 2016 -- Coronary CT angiography (CCTA) studies may be complicated to interpret, but that doesn't mean radiologists can't use an iPad to remotely assess these exams for stenosis levels or to identify coronary anomalies, according to research published in the June issue of Emergency Radiology.  Discuss
Mammi-PET finds tiny breast lesions -- but could improve
June 2, 2016 -- A new dedicated breast PET device was put through its paces by European researchers in an article in the June issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology. While the system excelled at identifying lesions smaller than 1 cm, its limited field-of-view could be an issue, they found.  Discuss
False positives don't deter women from mammography
June 1, 2016 -- Prior false-positive mammograms do not keep women from complying with screening mammography guidelines, according to a new study published online May 24 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Is your RVU strategy leaving money on the table?
June 1, 2016 -- Most physician practices are multimillion dollar businesses, but some are leaving millions of dollars on the table because they don't adequately monitor their relative value units (RVUs). In this column, Don Rodden and Jill Briggs from HealthPro Medical Billing explain why you may need a better RVU strategy.  Discuss
Ultrasound fusion software clears up liver biopsies
May 31, 2016 -- Software that fuses ultrasound images with MRI or CT studies can accurately guide liver biopsies for lesions that are hard to see on conventional ultrasound, yielding similar accuracy as CT-guided biopsy as well as some key benefits, according to an article in the June issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.  Discuss
MRI reveals how schizophrenia may improve
May 30, 2016 -- The brains of patients with schizophrenia have the capacity to reorganize themselves and fight the disease, concludes a new MRI study of brain tissue changes published online last week in Psychological Medicine.  Discuss
FDA approves Blue Earth PET agent for prostate cancer
May 27, 2016 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new PET radiopharmaceutical from Blue Earth Diagnostics for detecting recurrent prostate cancer.  Discuss
Correct coding and reimbursement for hepatobiliary scans
May 27, 2016 -- What are the correct coding procedures for nuclear medicine hepatobiliary scans? If you're not sure, don't worry -- Donna Richmond from Panacea Healthcare Solutions is here to help with her latest column.  Discuss
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