FierceMedicalImaging: Our final issue

A little more than two years after publishing our first issue, this week's issue of FierceMedicalImaging will be the last.

Mammographic interpretation by radiologists varies depending on technologists

The way in which radiologists interpret screening mammographies varies significantly depending on the technologists performing the examinations, according to research recently published in Academic Radiology.

High-def scopes for colonoscopy sufficient to diagnose polyps

Investigators at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, have determined that experienced gastroenterologists can use high-definition optical lenses during colonoscopies to accurately assess polyps.

Emphysema on CT indicates increased mortality risk

Researchers have found that persons who display signs of emphysema on CT scans--even if they don't suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or airflow obstruction--have an increased mortality risk.

Microwaves an alternative to mammo for breast cancer screening?

While screening modalities such as mammography are effective at detecting early breast cancers, they can be problematic since they subject patients to ionizing radiation, as well as discomfort caused by compressing the breast in order to produce diagnostically useful images.

One possible alternative, as described in an article in the current issue of the journal Review of Scientific Instruments, could be the use of microwaves.

Radiologist charged with stealing PHI for 97,000 patients

A New York radiologist has been charged with stealing the personal information of tens of thousands patients of his practice, NRAD Medical Associates.

FDA issues update discouraging 'keepsake' ultrasounds

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a revised consumer update that "strongly discourages" the use of fetal ultrasound imaging and Doppler fetal ultrasound heartbeat monitors for non-medical reasons, such as "keepsake" videos.

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.