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Emergency CT angiography can slash unnecessary hospitalizations

The use of CT angiography to diagnose emergency department patients presenting with chest pain can reduce unnecessary hospitalizations, according to a study published in the September issue of Radiology.

Virtual colonoscopy coverage: Time to end the short shrift

 If Cologuard can win approval and gain traction on the path to reimbursement, why not virtual colonoscopy (CT colonograpy)?

Swiss docs: Not enough evidence to abolish mammo programs

A pair of Swiss physicians argue that while the Swiss Medical Board has recommended a move away from systematic mammography screening, there still isn't enough evidence to abolish screening programs.

Radiology job hunting requires adaptability

The radiology job market, as has been the case in the last several years, continues to be flat, which means that radiologists looking for work should be adaptable, according to Edward Bluth, M.D., head of the American College of Radiologists Human Resources Commission, and colleagues.

Docs may be performing too many colonoscopies after polyp removal

Doctors may be performing too many surveillance colonoscopies on patients who have had pre-cancerous polyps removed during an earlier colon cancer screening procedures, according to a study published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine.

ACR to CMS: Cover virtual colonoscopy

A proposed decision by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to cover a stool DNA colorectal cancer screening test has prompted the American College of Radiology (ACR) to ask it to cover CT colonography (or virtual colonoscopy), as well.

Behavioral, tech changes can help radiologists get healthier in the reading room

Adding a mix of technological and behavioral changes can alter the often sedentary nature of a radiologist's day into something that's more health-conscious, according to an article in the September issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.

The evolution of PACS

As the healthcare industry increasingly adopts new accountable care payment models, providers must determine the most cost-effective ways to deliver quality patient care. In the case of radiologists, that means improving communication with fellow doctors and cutting back on unnecessary imaging as reimbursement dollars will be handed out based, not on the volume of patient tests conducted, but the sustained good health of those patients.

 

To that end, the evolution of picture archiving and communication systems is crucial. Special Report

Cancer screening wonder: Skepticism taking over

The introduction of mammography and colonoscopy back in the 1960s helped introduce an "age of wonder" for cancer screening that correlated with a significant drop in mortality rates, according to Cary Gross, M.D., of Yale Medical School. Conversely, according to Gross, the 21st Century has launched a new age of wonder in the sense that people are now wondering how beneficial cancer screening actually is.

False positives associated with increased risk of breast cancer

Women whose screening mammograms result in false positives have an increased risk of later developing breast cancer, although the reasons behind this phenomenon remain unknown, according to a study in the journal Cancer Epidemiology.

Med imaging technology industry generates $3 billion in Washington state

The medical imaging technology industry in Washington state is responsible for $3.1 billion in economic activity and supports more than 12,000 jobs, according to a report commissioned by the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance.

'FAST' MRI speedier, more accurate than digital mammo

An abbreviated MRI screening protocol for breast cancer results in an exam that takes just three minutes, is just as good as a regular MRI that takes an average of 21 minutes and is more accurate than digital mammography, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

3 steps imaging providers can take to prepare for ICD-10

With all of the delays, it seems like we've been waiting forever for ICD-10. But it now seems clear: Oct. 1, 2015, will be the day it takes effect. And it's probably not a bad idea for radiologists to again reflect on the impact the coding shift will have on radiology.

 

Radiology managers still skeptical about Medicare reimbursements

Medical imaging managers and directors continue to have low confidence that they will be adequately reimbursed by Medicare for diagnostic and interventional imaging services.

Cancer screening still common in elderly patients with limited life expectancy

Older Americans with limited life expectancies continue to undergo routine cancer screenings despite the probability it will not provide them with any net benefit, according to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine.

New photoacoustic technique improves imaging of intestine

A new, noninvasive imaging technique combining photoacoustic imaging, PET and a nanoscale contrast agent improves imaging of the intestine, according to an article in Nature Nanotechnology.

VHA project a middle approach toward low dose CT lung cancer screening

Amid the continuing debate over whether there is sufficient evidence to support the widespread use of low-dose CT (LDCT) lung cancer screening, the Veteran's Health Administration has launched a demonstration project to assess its initial experience in implementing a screening program.

Balancing the risks and rewards of imaging with ionizing radiation

A new report from the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment in the UK reminds us that efforts are underway to continue to understand and balance the risks and rewards of medical imaging with ionizing radiation.

For cancer survivors, colonoscopy risks increase with age

Colonoscopies for cancer survivors over the age of 74 may carry risks that outweigh the benefits, according to a study published online in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Remote robots cut imaging consult, procedure times

Researchers now are able to successfully perform imaging exams using robotic arms controlled remotely via the Internet, according to two papers published in the August issue of JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging.