MedPAC June report focuses on site of service
June 14, 2019 -- In some good news for radiology, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) June report to the U.S. Congress does not propose any cuts in physician payments beyond statutory updates mandated by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015.  Discuss
Elevated CT CAC scores linked to future heart failure
June 14, 2019 -- The presence of coronary artery calcium (CAC) on the CT scans of middle-aged individuals, especially African Americans, was associated with an increased risk of structural heart abnormalities and future heart failure in a new study, published online June 14 in Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging.  Discuss
MRI aids in assessing cocaine-related heart damage
June 14, 2019 -- Cardiac MRI's ability to noninvasively provide a microscopic view of living tissue plays a critical role in helping clinicians differentiate between symptoms of heart disease and cocaine-induced cardiac abnormalities, according to a study published June 13 in Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging.  Discuss
CT lung screening reduces cancer mortality most in women
June 14, 2019 -- CT lung cancer screening reduced cancer mortality by 69% in high-risk female smokers in the German Lung Cancer Screening Intervention trial, based on new results. But the test offered less of a benefit to men, according to a study recently published in the International Journal of Cancer.  Discuss
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 87: The feminist narrative
June 14, 2019 -- Do today's research trials adequately reflect medical outcomes in women? Or are they too focused on men? Ryan starts to wonder in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend.  Discuss
Breast density group asks FDA to clarify notification
June 14, 2019 -- Efforts by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to standardize breast density notification across the U.S. are admirable but could be improved, according to comments submitted to the FDA June 12 by advocacy group DenseBreast-info.org.  Discuss
CDs still prevail for giving patients access to images
June 13, 2019 -- The compact disc (CD) has increasingly become an obsolete form of storage that's no longer readily accessible by many computers. However, most hospitals still rely on this archaic medium to provide patients with copies of their imaging studies, according to research published online June 11 in Radiology.  Discuss
How risky is risk-based mammography screening?
June 13, 2019 -- Risk-based mammography screening has been touted as a way to minimize the modality's harms and boost its benefits. But does risk-based screening really save more lives, especially when it comes to younger women? It may not, according to a new study published online June 11 in Radiology.  Discuss
Study validates digital measurements of breast density
June 13, 2019 -- Research using analog mammography has shown that a woman's breast tissue density can be affected by reproductive factors such as when she first had children or when she began menstruation. But does this association hold up if the images are acquired with digital technology? California researchers sought to find out.  Discuss
FFR-CT beats CCTA for assessing heart disease outcomes
June 12, 2019 -- Fractional flow reserve CT (FFR-CT) was significantly better at predicting the long-term effects of cardiac disease -- including death, heart attack, and the need for revascularization -- than conventional coronary CT angiography (CCTA) in a new study, published online June 11 in Radiology.  Discuss