One of the most significant trends in imaging over the past several years has been the decline in imaging growth rates. But it appears that emergency departments are still behind the times.
A new study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology by David Levin, M.D., and colleagues found that while overall imaging growth rates have declined since 2002, emergency department utilization rates--at least those involving Medicare patients--continued to increase.
Between 2002 and 2012, the radiography utilization rate per 1,000 Medicare beneficiaries in emergency departments increased from 248.7 to 320, and increased from 57.2 to 147.9 for CT, according to the study. Read more...
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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