The growing importance of breast density notification laws

Five years ago, the state of Connecticut became the first to require that women be told they have dense breasts and that insurance cover ultrasound scans for those women. Since then, another 18 states have enacted similar laws, and Congress is considering similar legislation, as well.

Radiology managers not confident about Medicare reimbursement

Radiology managers and imaging directors still have low expectations about the chance their facilities will receive adequate reimbursement from Medicare for diagnostic and interventional imaging services, according to the latest Medical Imaging Confidence Index.

Providers want more functionality in PACS systems

Despite a PACS imaging technology market that is relatively saturated, a growing need for additional functionality around imaging management and distribution is leading healthcare organizations to look to upgrade technology it already has in place, according to the latest HIMSS Analytics Essentials Brief--the "2014 Imaging Technology Study."

Radiology practices must review data to staff efficiently

Given the pressures faced by radiology practices in the form of rising costs and reimbursement cuts, they must be certain they are operating efficiently--particularly when it comes to staffing--in order to survive, according to consultant Rich Miller.

Despite alternatives, women still undergo longer courses of breast cancer rad therapy

Most women who are treated for early-stage breast cancer in the U.S. undergo a course of radiation therapy that is much longer than a less time consuming version of the treatment that oncologists believe is just as effective.

Researchers question value of ultrasound screening

A new study questions whether routine ultrasounds are necessary for women with dense breasts who have had normal mammograms.

ACR to CMS: Revise CT lung cancer screening guidelines

The American College of Radiology (ACR), as well as several other medical organizations, are asking the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to revise its guidelines for low-dose CT (LDCT) lung cancer screening in order to increase the number of persons eligible for reimbursement for the scans under Medicare.

For radiologists, adjustment to value-based care not an overnight process

This year's centennial celebration of radiological imaging at RSNA in Chicago again attracted the brightest minds in medical imaging from around the world.  It showcased the latest advances and highlighted our profession's strengths. The meeting was a hit, with a sense of optimism permeating the canyon-like convention center. But now, the meeting is over. ... And now, our challenge is to sustain and gain that momentum.

NCCN releases new guidelines on prostate cancer imaging

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) has updated its guidelines for program cancer.

RSNA 2014: Study finds more lung cancers in poor, underserved area than NLST population

The introduction of a CT lung cancer screening program in a poor, underserved community of New York City using National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) standards resulted in the detection of more cancers than other studies, according to research presented last week at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America in Chicago.

At RSNA 2014, a celebration of the past and a look to the future

Last week's meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago was the organization's 100th annual get together, and as such was celebrated with a proud look at the past of both the RSNA and the field of radiology. But the meeting also was about the present--and more importantly the future--of radiology.

RSNA 2014: Abbreviated protocol could make MRI suitable for mass breast cancer screening

The search for an improved breast cancer screening method could ultimately settle on abbreviated breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), according to Christiane Kuhl, M.D, of the department of diagnostic and interventional radiology at the University of Aachen in Germany.

RSNA 2014: Levin urges radiologists to 'champion' Choosing Wisely

Radiologists must champion the use of Choosing Wisely lists, particularly since so many recommendations on the lists pertain to medical imaging, said David Levin, professor and chairman emeritus of the radiology department at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, during a session Wednesday at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America in Chicago.

RSNA 2014: Too many children receive unnecessary chest X-rays

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, have determined that in most cases, X-ray procedures performed on children with chest pain and other symptoms are unnecessary and provide no clinical benefit, according to a study presented Dec. 3, at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America in Chicago.

RSNA 2014: Patients embracing image sharing

Patients not only want to take control of their medical records, such as radiology exams, but providing them with access to those exams helps avoid problems related to quality of care and increasing costs, according to a study presented this week at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America in Chicago.

How radiology practices are planning for the future

The field of radiology is undergoing profound change as it deals with evolving payment models, falling reimbursement, regulatory changes and calls for transparency on issues of quality and costs. To that end, Radiology Business Journal recently interviewed leaders from different practice models to see how they are planning for the future.

Time to get the conversation started on price transparency

One concept that we hear much about pertaining to the future of healthcare is the need for cost transparency. And when we see reports about the wide variation of costs associated with medical imaging procedures, its easy to see why.

Atherosclerosis linked with cognitive impairment

Asymptomatic atherosclerosis is associated with mild cognitive impairment, according to a study carried out at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center being presented this week at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.

RSNA 2014: What to expect (and hope for)

It's that time of year again--the week after Thanksgiving in Chicago, that is--when radiologists, sales-reps, administrators, and corporate-types converge on the McCormick Center for the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America. 

What is the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about RSNA? Cab lines? Coat checks? Really, really long walks in uncomfortable shoes? Mediocre wireless connectivity? Warm Chicago weather?

On the surface, the meeting sounds worse than a prison sentence. Why on Earth do we all congregate, like clockwork, on the south-side every year?

New device could result in more comfortable mammographies

A new device that measures pressure instead of force could result in more comfortable mammographies, according to research that will be presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North American this week in Chicago.