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3 ways radiologists can prepare for MACRA
May 26, 2016 -- Like it or not, the shift from fee-for-service to quality-based Medicare payments is on the horizon, sparked by the passage last year of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). So how can radiologists best navigate the new model?  Discuss
ASNR 2016: Restored blood flow outweighs treatment time in stroke
May 26, 2016 -- For acute stroke patients, researchers have used imaging scans to demonstrate that restoring an adequate volume of blood flow to brain tissue is more important in reducing damage than how quickly the flow is restored, according to a May 25 presentation at the American Society of Neuroradiology meeting (ASNR 2016) in Washington, DC.  Discuss
ASNR 2016: Race and sex affect who gets brain imaging
May 25, 2016 -- Patient factors such as race and sex influence the use of neuroimaging for stroke, according to research presented at the American Society of Neuroradiology annual meeting (ASNR 2016) in Washington, DC.  Discuss
MRI, ultrasound combined best assess baseball elbow pain
May 25, 2016 -- The combination of MR arthrography and ultrasound is significantly better than either modality alone for diagnosing medial elbow pain in baseball pitchers who face the prospect of a long recuperation after surgery, according to a study in the June issue of Radiology.  Discuss
All the same? Costs vary little in coronary disease tests
May 24, 2016 -- There are precious few cost differences between the main tests used to diagnose coronary artery disease in chest pain patients, concludes a new study of more than 9,000 patients published online May 24 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  Discuss
5 ways to create a culture of safety in radiology
May 24, 2016 -- What must radiology do to create a culture of safety that reduces medical errors and improves radiologist performance? In this article, Dr. Nicolas Argy offers five simple steps that radiology departments can take to create an environment in which discrepant readings are identified, reported, and used as learning opportunities.  Discuss
Varian to spin off Imaging Components x-ray unit
May 23, 2016 -- Radiation therapy firm Varian Medical Systems has announced that it is spinning off its Imaging Components business into an independent publicly traded company that will focus on components for x-ray systems.  Discuss
Ultrasound contrast can help treat heart attacks
May 23, 2016 -- Ultrasound contrast agents aren't just for diagnostic use anymore. They can also be used therapeutically to help restore blood flow and salvage heart tissue in patients with one of the most serious types of heart attacks: ST-elevation myocardial infarction, according to a study published this week in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.  Discuss
A new strategy to profit from interventional radiology
May 23, 2016 -- A confluence of trends has created a new business opportunity for interventional radiologists: profiting from the ownership of interventional radiology ambulatory surgery centers. In this article, Mark Weiss and Cecilia Kronawitter discuss this evolving new trend.  Discuss
ABR to eliminate 10-year MOC recertification exam
May 20, 2016 -- The American Board of Radiology (ABR) has announced plans to eliminate the maintenance of certification (MOC) exam, its controversial requirement that board-certified radiologists undergo testing every 10 years to remain credentialed.  Discuss
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