Did CMS go far enough with its CT lung cancer screening decision?

CT lung cancer advocates are breathing easier now that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a preliminary decision to cover low-dose CT lung cancer screening for eligible patients. Still, there are some provisions of the decision that have left many observers wondering whether the CMS decision went far enough and whether it will enable everyone who could benefit from screening to actually get screened.

Reimbursement cuts correlate with shift of outpatient MRI exams from private offices to hospitals

Recent imaging reimbursement cuts have correlated with a shift of more outpatient MRI exams being performed in hospital outpatient departments than private offices, according to a study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

New molecular imaging technique could improve bladder cancer detection

Researchers at Stanford University have developed a new imaging technique that will enable physicians to detect bladder cancer with more accuracy and sensitivity than conventional endoscopic methods.

Routine CT angiography screening for diabetics unjustified

The use of coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) to screen diabetic patients to prevent death from coronary artery disease isn't effective, according to a study published this past week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Automated breast ultrasound with mammography increases detection rate of invasive cancers

The addition of automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) to screening mammography increases the detection rate of invasive cancers by more than 35 percent, according to a study recently published in the journal Radiology.


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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will pay $100,000 in fines as a result of a 2012 data breach in which a physician's laptop was stolen from the hospital.