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How can we increase colon cancer screening rates?

This is what we know--colorectal cancer screening works. Despite this, screening rates remain problematic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in three adults ages 50 to 75, haven't been tested for colorectal cancer as recommended by the United States Preventive Services Task Force.

Worldwide diagnostic imaging market to hit $27 billion by 2018

The global diagnostic imaging market is poised for significant growth over the next four years, a new report shows.

4 roles for radiologists in an ACO world

The fact that healthcare policy makers are shifting payment methods for medical services from a fee-for-service model to one based on care accountability could leave radiologists in an untenable position going forward, according to a viewpoint article published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Federal breast density legislation introduced in Senate

Legislation mandating a minimum federal standard for notifying women if they have dense breast tissue has been introduced in the U.S. Senate.

Financial incentives have little impact on cancer screening rates

A program to increase cancer screening rates in Canada by providing financial incentives to primary care physicians has had little effect on those screening rates, according to a study published in the July/August issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

Proposed HOPPS rule calls for colonoscopy complication reporting

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed adding a claims-based quality reporting measure for colonoscopy to the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (QPR) program.

Boston hospital assesses emergency radiology operations in bombing aftermath

An article published recently in the journal Radiology details how the emergency radiology staff at one of those facilities--Brigham and Women's Hospital--responded to the mass casualties that flooded into the hospital in the aftermath of the bombing, and describes the changes it made to some operations and procedures as a result of that experience.

A pediatric imaging call to action

In a recent commentary published in the Journal of Patient Safety, Stephen Swensen, a radiologist at Mayo Clinic, and colleagues make an "Appeal for Safe and Appropriate Imaging of Children."

3 ways for rad practices to survive reimbursement cuts

How can radiology practices survive in midst of declining reimbursement figures?

Mayo Clinic algorithm reduces CT use for appendicitis

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have developed an algorithm that can help diagnose appendicitis in children and reduce the need for computed tomography.

Proposed HOPPS rule would increase breast biopsy reimbursements

The proposed rule for changes to the hospital outpatient prospective payment system (HOPPS) for 2015, recently released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, would significantly increase breast biopsy payments.

Minor head trauma doesn't warrant pediatric CT scan use

A new study has found that children who experience head trauma and only lose consciousness without suffering from any other symptoms don't need routine CT scans of the head.

USPSTF finalizes recommendation against ultrasound screening to prevent stroke

The United States Preventive Services Task Force has finalized its draft recommendation against ultrasound carotid artery stenosis screening as a way of preventing stroke.

Proposed physician fee schedule rule a mixed bag for radiology

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule and like the healthcare community as a whole, as reported by FierceHealthcare, it provides somewhat of a mixed bag for radiology.

Patient data breaches and the question of trust in radiology

Clearly radiology practices and imaging facilities still face security and privacy challenges.

4 ways radiology practices can use data for growth

Attempting to make good, informed decisions on these kinds of issues is next to impossible without good data, according to Atlanta-based radiologist Richard Woodcock.

Proton therapy better than IMRT for cancer treatments

Proton beam therapy has a significant advantage over intensity modulated radiation therapy when it comes to improving disease free survival and tumor control in patients with head and neck cancers, according to a study by Mayo Clinic radiation oncologists.

Do Medicare patients benefit from skyrocketing mammo costs?

The costs to Medicare to cover mammography screening skyrocketed in the first decade of the 21st Century, according to a study published online July 1 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

New noninvasive imaging technique can improve treatment for lung cancer patients

The use of a new imaging technique--quantitative computed tomography texture analysis (QTA)--could help provide lung cancer patients with improved treatments and better track their progress, according to a study in the journal PLOS ONE.

Misread chest X-ray at the heart of $16.7 million malpractice award

The misread X-ray of a woman who ultimately died from lung cancer has resulted in a multimillion dollar malpractice award.