RADIOLOGY NEWS
Breaking BI-RADS: Breast density measures vary widely
July 20, 2016 -- About half of U.S. states have laws that require women to be notified if they have dense breast tissue -- and counseled to discuss supplemental screening. But are BI-RADS breast density assessments consistent among radiologists? Not so much, according to a study published online July 18 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  Discuss
Machine learning may aid evaluation of prostate MRI
July 20, 2016 -- Multiparametric prostate MRI exams can be difficult to interpret, particularly for those who aren't expert genitourinary radiologists. Machine-learning software may be able to make that task a lot easier, however, according to a proof-of-concept study from the University of California, Los Angeles.  Discuss
Radiologists show no radiation-related mortality risk
July 19, 2016 -- Radiologists who started practice after 1940 face no increased risk of mortality compared to other physicians who aren't exposed to radiation as part of their jobs, according to a large new study published July 19 in Radiology. The results are a credit to long-term efforts to reduce occupational radiation exposure, the researchers said.  Discuss
DBT finds more cancers, but also boosts false positives
July 19, 2016 -- Combining 3D digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) with 2D mammography images -- both actual and synthetic -- finds more cases of breast cancer than mammography alone, especially in younger women and those with dense breasts. But it also increases recall rates, according to a study published online in Lancet Oncology.  Discuss
C-RADS reporting adds value to CT colonography
July 18, 2016 -- The use of the CT Colonography Reporting and Data System (C-RADS) has brought a standardized approach to risk assessment and management of findings both inside and outside the colon, paving the way to high-quality population-based colorectal cancer screening, according to an article in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Compact MRI developer targets clinical market
July 15, 2016 -- Compact MRI technology developer Aspect Imaging is known for its presence in the preclinical MRI sector, but the company is now looking to break new ground. The Israeli firm has unveiled a 1-tesla hand and wrist system, the first in a planned series of dedicated clinical offerings.  Discuss
Use MRI for athletes' acute groin pain, study finds
July 15, 2016 -- As the Rio Olympics loom large, imaging of athletes is on the mind. A new study finds an MRI-based assessment approach for acute groin injuries shows good intra- and interrater reproducibility and may help improve clinician's confidence in scoring of these injuries.  Discuss
Could MACRA implementation be delayed?
July 14, 2016 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is mulling over various options for implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), including potentially pushing back the start date, according to acting CMS administrator Andy Slavitt.  Discuss
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