Week in review: CT or ultrasound for kidney stones? | Final 2023 Medicare reimbursement rules | PET/CT for melanoma

Dear AuntMinnie Member,

CT has been the imaging modality of choice for diagnosing and evaluating kidney stones in the emergency department. But is it the best choice?

Researchers from Stanford University have concluded that ultrasound is probably the better option, as there isn't much evidence that CT is superior for this indication. Our coverage of their report was our most-read story this week.

In another popular story accessible in our CT Community, CT coronary angiography was deemed helpful in determining the type of heart attack a patient is experiencing.

Final 2023 Medicare reimbursement rules

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System rules for 2023 this week. How did radiology fare? Read our coverage to get all of the details

In addition, the U.S. National Cancer Institute has reported that overall cancer deaths have declined in the U.S. from 2015 to 2019, suggesting that progress is being made in reducing cancer mortality. Visit our Imaging Leaders Community to learn more.

PET/CT for melanoma

Researchers from Switzerland have found that F-18 FDG PET/CT is superior for detecting both lymph nodes and abdominal metastases in patients with malignant melanoma. The modality was more sensitive than ultrasound and detected additional metastatic lesions throughout the body.

For more on this story and others like it, check out our Molecular Imaging Community.

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