How Medicare fee schedule changes will affect radiology
September 17, 2018 -- How will the 2019 proposed rule for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule impact radiology practices? In a new column, Richard Morris of Healthcare Administrative Partners unpacks the rule and explains how it may affect your operations. Read More
Breast MRI works for evaluating equivocal DBT findings
September 17, 2018 -- Breast MRI is an effective tool for further assessment of inconclusive digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) findings, according to a study published online September 12 in the American Journal of Roentgenology. Read More
3D-printed device aids knee replacement surgery
September 17, 2018 -- How might 3D-printed knee jigs help improve the quality of total knee replacement surgery? Researchers from India discussed the benefits of using these patient-specific models for the task in a review article published in the most recent issue of the Journal of Clinical Orthopaedics and Trauma. Read More
Ultrasound simulators improve students' skills
September 17, 2018 -- Incorporating ultrasound simulators as part of the medical school curriculum improves students' point-of-care skills and knowledge, researchers reported in a study published online September 12 in the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine. Read More
AI algorithm produces synthetic brain MR images
September 16, 2018 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm can produce synthetic brain MR images, solving a number of challenges in training AI algorithms, according to research presented on September 16 at the International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention in Granada, Spain. Read More
ISCT: Should CT be first for evaluating chest trauma?
September 14, 2018 -- SAN DIEGO - What's the best first-line diagnostic technique for assessing penetrating chest trauma? Dr. Savvas Nicolaou made the case for CT as the imaging modality of choice in a Friday presentation at the 2018 International Society for Computed Tomography (ISCT) symposium. Read More
PET/CT makes case for directing cervical cancer treatment
September 14, 2018 -- Can FDG-PET/CT be used to direct the treatment of locally advanced cervical cancer by determining which patients should receive more extensive chemoradiation therapy or palliative care? Maybe, but findings from a new study published online September 14 in JAMA Network Open are equivocal. Read More
3D virtual heart helps pinpoint irregular heartbeat
September 14, 2018 -- Researchers from Johns Hopkins University used a proprietary 3D virtual heart simulator to preoperatively identify areas of cardiac tissue that required surgical treatment for an irregular heartbeat, according to an article recently published in Nature Biomedical Engineering. The method may improve cardiac ablation procedures. Read More
High-risk women benefit from twice-yearly breast MRI
September 14, 2018 -- Women at high genetic risk for breast cancer benefit more from twice-yearly dynamic contrast-enhanced breast MRI than from annual mammography, according to research published online August 28 in Clinical Cancer Research. Read More
3 CTA signs show which stroke patients can skip surgery
September 13, 2018 -- There are three key characteristics evident on CT angiography (CTA) scans that show clot-busting drugs are working to restore blood flow in stroke patients, according to a September 11 article in the Journal of the American Medical Association. These patients can thus avoid referral for surgical clot removal. Read More
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