While the medical imaging industry certainly had its share of stories in 2013 that were intriguing--such as February's news that radiologists struggled to identify an image of a gorilla purposely dropped into a CT lung scan--four trends stood out as being vital to imaging professionals, as a whole, throughout the course of the year: imaging appropriateness and the use of clinical decision support; reimbursement; CT and its role in lung cancer screening; and the continuing clinical benefits of breast tomosynthesis. As the end of 2013 fast approaches, I'd like to take a moment to review each of those four trends in some detail.
More than one-third of younger, early-stage breast cancer patients undergo unnecessary imaging procedures at the time of prognosis and staging, according to research presented last week at the 2013 CTRC-San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.
U.S. Reps. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) and Jim Matheson (D-Utah) have introduced a bill in to Congress that would mandate the use of clinical decision support software by physicians receiving Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement.
While medical imaging was a major contributor to the growth in Medicare spending in the first part of the 21st Century, it now ranks near the bottom of Medicare spending categories, according to a study in the December issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
A study presented December 11 at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium maintains that the controversy over the benefits and harms of breast cancer screening is "artificial."
Patients at risk for lung cancer who undergo CT screeing have about a one-in-five chance that doctors will find--and potentially treat--a tumor that wouldn't lead to illness or death, according to a study published online in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.
Researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have developed a new magnetic resonance imaging technique that enables them to predict the prognosis for heart failure patients.
A brain imaging study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found significant differences in the way that men's and women's brains are wired.
After attending one research session after another at RSNA 2013 in Chicago last week, it's clear that there's plenty going on in the radiology to be excited about.
Researchers at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore in New York have determined that the use of ultrasound as the first imaging option to detect appendicitis in children yields comparable results to CT and doesn't result in increased hospital stays, according to an article in the December issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Healthcare is undergoing a dramatic transformation from a system that incentivizes volume to one that incentivizes value. For radiology, according to Richard Duszak, M.D., that means looking beyond the worklist, and become more integrated and more patient focused.
Radiologists no longer should be asking themselves whether or not they should be engaging in social media, according to Elliot Fishman, director of diagnostic imaging and body CT at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. The reality, Fishman said this week during a session at the Radiological Society of North America's annual conference in Chicago, is that "they have to."
Radiologist Matt Hawkins, M.D., a vascular interventional radiology fellow at the University of Washington/Seattle Children's Hospital, shares his RSNA 2013 takeaways with FierceMedicalImaging.
Medicare beneficiaries seem to be ignoring the United States Preventive Service Task Force (USPSTF) guidelines on screening mammography intervals, even as overall screening rates decline, according to research presented at the Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting Thursday in Chicago.
Radiologists are ready to screen for lung cancer, and do it cost effectively, according to Caroline Chiles, M.D., a radiologist at the Wake Forest University Health Sciences Center, who spoke Wednesday during a controversy session at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America in Chicago.
Patient-centered care needs to be a bigger priority in the medical imaging field, several prominent radiologists have said this week at the Radiological Society of North America's annual meeting in Chicago.
A new breast cancer treatment technique and developments in face transplantation surgery were among the research highlights presented at the Radiological Society of North America's annual conference in Chicago on Wednesday.
More than one-fourth of emergency radiological services went completely uncompensated over a four-year period, according to research presented Monday at the Radiological Society of North America's annual conference in Chicago.
Research detailing the potential for a possible HIV cure and confirming the value of breast tomosynthesis were highlighted Tuesday morning at the Radiological Society of North America's annual conference in Chicago.
In an article in the December issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology, Nancy Capello, Ph.D., who is a breast cancer survivor, makes the argument for why density notification laws make for good public policy.