RADIOLOGY NEWS
Patient features have most impact on mammo reads
August 14, 2015 -- Patient features such as breast density, prior mammography, and the presence of symptoms such as a lump have more effect on the interpretive accuracy of diagnostic mammograms than radiologist characteristics, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Radiologists are underrepresented on physician-rating sites
August 13, 2015 -- Despite efforts to increase the visibility of radiologists among patients, the majority still remain in the background -- at least in terms of popular physician-rating websites, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
CCTA, SPECT MPI yield similar outcomes in chest pain
August 13, 2015 -- Although they provide different radiation exposure levels and patient experiences, SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) and coronary CT angiography (CCTA) produce remarkably similar outcomes in initial imaging for chest pain, according to a new study.  Discuss
US spots subclinical atherosclerosis in low-risk women
August 12, 2015 -- Carotid intima-media thickness measured on ultrasound can identify asymptomatic cardiovascular disease in most middle-aged women considered to be low-risk by traditional risk assessment tools, Arizona researchers have found.  Discuss
Proper documentation can maximize 3D reimbursement
August 12, 2015 -- Medicare's recovery audit contractors are on the lookout for 3D reconstruction billing that does not meet the standards to support medical necessity. So it pays to know the rules of documentation and to follow them. Find out how in this article by Carin Carlson of Healthcare Administrative Partners.  Discuss
CT lung screening prompts some to keep smoking
August 11, 2015 -- Simply talking about lung cancer screening causes smokers to think seriously about the consequences of their habit, and about quitting. But when smokers know that CT lung cancer screening is available, almost half opt to continue smoking, according to a new study in JAMA Internal Medicine.  Discuss
5 tips to drive adoption of patient portals in radiology
August 11, 2015 -- The establishment of patient portals has blurred the lines of what is considered to be appropriate doctor-patient communication outside of the medical office. Patients may be wary of portals, but DICOM Grid CEO Morris Panner shares five tips for allaying their concerns and driving higher adoption.  Discuss
CT dose alerts show important but limited utility
August 10, 2015 -- CT radiation dose alerts have their strengths and certainly their weaknesses, according to a study from Boston. But for better or worse, the alerts are mandatory under the Smart Dose (XR-29) rules that took effect last month. So radiologists must comply -- while still looking for ways to improve the new standard.  Discuss
AAOS: Some radiation during pregnancy is acceptable
August 7, 2015 -- Doctors must heed basic precautions when using imaging to diagnose traumatic injury in pregnant women, but diagnostic imaging scans are safe when used properly, according to a new report in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.  Discuss
U.S. team finds favor with new PEM unit
August 7, 2015 -- A positron emission mammography (PEM) unit developed in Spain offers key advantages for breast imaging, according to a Mayo Clinic team that has been testing it. The unit offers better resolution than whole-body PET, and it may prove more useful than molecular breast imaging using technetium-99m sestamibi.  Discuss
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