Concerns about overutilization of imaging, its appropriateness in all cases, and its costs in terms of healthcare dollars and exposure to ionizing radiation has led to an increasing emphasis on clinical decision support.
In this special report, FierceMedicalImaging explores the importance of CDS in radiology. We talk with healthcare professionals about what's necessary to increase physician adoption and how such tools can be improved. Full Report
One of the issues that has plagued advocates of low dose computed tomography (LDCT) lung cancer screening has been the high number of false positives associated with the screening exam.
In fact, about 23 percent of the LDCT screens done in the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) were false positives, which are always problematic because they can lead to unnecessary and costly follow-up testing, not to mention patient anxiety--although there is conflicting research on the latter.
Just a few months ago a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that false positive mammography results end up increasing short-term anxiety for women. Read more...
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Brain imaging could be used to predict the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a study of teenagers following the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.
Radiologists are working more hours and expect to postpone retirement, according to new research published in Academic Radiology.
In a study of National Lung Screening Trial participant responses to false positive diagnoses, those who received false positive screening did not report increased anxiety or a lower quality of life compared to those who received negative screening results.
The American College of Radiology is calling on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, as well as private insurers, to cover breast tomosynthesis, "now that it has been shown to improve key screening parameters compared to digital mammography."
Obtaining a patient's facial photograph at the same time as he or she is undergoing a portable chest radiography can more than double the rate at which radiologists are able to detect wrong-patient errors, according to a study in Academic Radiology.
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