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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.

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.

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.

Proton therapy hardly an industry in dire straits

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

Proton therapy cheaper than some conventional radiotherapy techniques

Costs associated with proton therapy are similar to--and in some cases less than--a number of conventional radiotherapy techniques used to treat early stage breast cancer, according to research from the University of Texas MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center.

Lung cancer diagnostic workups correlate with unnecessary biopsies

A study of the utilization rates and estimated Medicare costs of lung cancer diagnostic workups in patients who had abnormal CT scans shows that nearly half of the costs were attributed to biopsies that ultimately proved to be negative for lung cancer.

Tomosynthesis effective for finding cancer, reducing recall rates for women under 50

Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is effective in reducing patient recalls and detecting cancers when compared to digital mammography, but is even more effective when used to screen women under the age of 50, according to a study published in October 13 in the  Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

How appropriate are ACR's appropriateness criteria?

Back in the 1990s the American College of Radiology began a huge project to define the appropriate use of different imaging technologies. This effort--the ACR Appropriateness Criteria--is continually updated and covers all medical procedures, helping healthcare providers conduct the most appropriate medical imaging exam for a patient's clinical condition. Recent research shows us, however, that some work still needs to be done when it comes to the use of appropriateness criteria.   

Study finds imaging appropriateness criteria should be modified, expanded

A review of appropriateness criteria of outpatient abdominal and pelvic CT and MRI exams published in  Academic Radiology  has found that of the exams matched with American College of Radiology appropriateness criteria, a high percentage were appropriate and more likely to lead to significant results than inappropriate studies.