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Functional MRI imaging can predict PTSD risk

Brain imaging could be used to predict the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a study of teenagers following the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.

Radiologists working more hours, retiring later

Radiologists are working more hours and expect to postpone retirement, according to new research published in Academic Radiology.

False positives for lung cancer screening don't increase patient anxiety

In a study of National Lung Screening Trial participant responses to false positive diagnoses, those who received false positive screening did not report increased anxiety or a lower quality of life compared to those who received negative screening results.

ACR to CMS: Cover breast tomosynthesis

The American College of Radiology is calling on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, as well as private insurers, to cover breast tomosynthesis, "now that it has been shown to improve key screening parameters compared to digital mammography."

Pairing photos with X-rays reduces wrong-patient errors

Obtaining a patient's facial photograph at the same time as he or she is undergoing a portable chest radiography can more than double the rate at which radiologists are able to detect wrong-patient errors, according to a study in Academic Radiology.

Clinical decision support's role in radiology

Concerns about overutilization of imaging, its appropriateness in all cases, and its costs in terms of healthcare dollars and exposure to ionizing radiation has led to an increasing emphasis on clinical decision support.

 

In this special report, FierceMedicalImaging explores the importance of CDS in radiology. We talk with healthcare professionals about what's necessary to increase physician adoption and how such tools can be improved. Full Report

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.