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Automated breast ultrasound with mammography increases detection rate of invasive cancers

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.

Radiologists should expect to face Meaningful Use audits

While healthcare systems and general practitioners get much of the attention when it comes to undergoing Meaningful Use audits, radiologists should be prepared to come under the same scrutiny, as well.

How radiology departments can prepare for Ebola

U.S. hospital administrators have made Ebola preparedness training a priority at their facilities, and radiology departments will have their roles to play in dealing with potential cases of the disease.

Referring docs believe up to 20 percent of FDG PET/CT scans are misread

A survey of referring physicians has found that many believe that up to 20 percent of F-18 FDG PET/CT scans are being misread.

ED imaging overutilization: Still work to be done

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.

Radiologists outline 'commandments' for effective imaging CDS

A group of radiologists led by Ramin Khorasani of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston have published a list of 10 best practices--or "commandments" as they call them--for effective imaging clinical decision support.

Healthcare reform to curtail growth in US diagnostic imaging market

The diagnostic imaging system market will experience only modest growth over the next decade, mainly due to healthcare reform in the U.S., according to a new report from Decision Resources Group.

Alabama VA health system in the midst of severe radiologist shortage

The Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS) is suffering from a shortage of radiologists that is so severe that some departments such as orthopedics, podiatry and rehabilitation have been asked not to order imaging studies unless the situation is dire.

New Choosing Wisely recommendations from ED docs focus on unnecessary scans

The American College of Emergency Physicians has issued a new list of tests and procedures--including efforts to eliminate unnecessary CT scans--as part of the Choosing Wisely initiative.

CMS approves Medicare coverage of LDCT lung cancer screening

Despite a negative recommendation from its own review panel, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Monday issued a proposed decision memo approving low-dose CT screening for Medicare patients.

Primary care docs unfamiliar with CT screening guidelines

Many primary healthcare providers are unfamiliar with the guideline components for low-dose CT (LDCT) screening, and are uncertain as to the effectiveness of the procedure, according to a study presented recently at the 2014 Chicago Multidisciplinary Symposium in Thoracic Oncology.

Small, cheap imaging device promises to see the body in 'completely new ways'

Biosciences entrepreneur Jonathan Rothberg's company Butterfly Network has raised $100 million to develop a new kind of imaging device that could see the human body in "completely new ways," according to an article in VentureBeat.

CMS final rule inlcudes good news on reimbursement reductions, tomosynthesis

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' recently released final rule for the 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment Systems has some significant implications for medical imaging.

Lung cancer screening: All eyes on CMS

The week ahead should be a big one for lung cancer screening advocates, and not just because we're in the midst of Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

Cerner in talks to acquire Siemens' RIS solution

Cerner, which announced in August that it will acquire Siemens health information technology business in early 2015, is reported to be in talks to purchase Siemens radiology information system (RIS) solution, as well.

Colon cancer on the rise in young adults

Over the next 15 years, more than 10 percent of colon cancer diagnoses, as well as almost one out of every four rectal cancer diagnoses, will be made in patients who are well below the traditional age threshold for screening, according to a new study out of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

CT lung screening cost-effective, researchers say

New research reveals that a low-dose CT lung-screening program for an at-risk population can be cost effective, while saving lives.

Brain imaging shows changes in brain can be signs of vascular disease

The use of neuroimaging can show changes in the brain resulting from vascular disease risk factors before any symptoms of cardiovascular or cerebrovascular disease occur, according to a study published in the October issue of JACC Cardiovascular Imaging.

Proton therapy hardly an industry in dire straits

Proton beam therapy is going through an interesting period right now.

Children with suspected kidney stones undergoing too many CT scans

Computed tomography (CT) has become the preferred modality for imaging children with suspected kidney stones, even though national guidelines recommend the use of ultrasound, according to results from a study published online in Pediatrics.