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Health policy and the value of imaging research

A look at three articles published in this week's issue of  FierceMedicalImaging  demonstrates the need for--and the value of--radiology and medical imaging research.

Lean principles help interventional radiology department reduce nurse, tech OT

The implementation of "lean" principles in the interventional radiology division at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine enabled it to streamline workflow and reduce nurse and technologist overtime, according to an article in the  Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Proton therapy's future: Uncertainty lingers

The high cost of building and equipping a proton beam therapy facility--and whether the benefits in terms of patient outcomes is worth those costs--means the future of proton therapy remains uncertain.

Amyloid PET scans 'latest campaign for overdiagnosis'

In a commentary published online in  JAMA Internal Medicine, Susan Molchan, M.D., a private practice psychiatrist from Bethesda, Md., suggested the push to get amyloid PET scans covered by Medicare is part of the "the latest campaign for overdiagnosis."

Mammo debate: Is it time to push the reset button?

Two opinion papers published this week in the  Annals of Internal Medicine  argue that it's time to start thinking differently about the issues associated with breast cancer and mammography screening, particularly with each side of the breast screening debate bringing up the same arguments based on data from old trials.

Post-residency, what is the best practice environment for a radiologist?

While in the past the vast majority of radiologists were in private practice, that has changed over the last 10 years or so. Today, approximately half of all radiologists still belong to private practices, while the remainder are taking advantage of a variety of practice options.

Handheld ultrasound: A replacement for the stethoscope?

Is the stethoscope going the way of the dodo--to be replaced by handheld ultrasound? In a recent article in the  New England Journal of Medicine, Scott D. Solomon, M.D., and Fidencio Saldana, M.D., of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, explore the possibilities.

Review: Mammo benefits may be overstated

A review of 50-plus years of literature on the benefits and risks of mammography has found that while screening mammograms may reduce breast cancer mortality, the benefits of mammography are less--and the potential harms greater--than had once been expected.

Radiology residents and moonlighting: How to navigate unsteady waters

A couple of very recent studies demonstrate the continuing challenges facing residents in medical imaging-related programs--and by extension, the programs themselves. As we have seen, radiology residents have been increasingly worried about issues like a stagnant job market--a situation that is probably exacerbated by concerns about their financial security.

CMS wants evidence before deciding on coverage for lung cancer screening

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has published the topics it expects to be discussed during the April 30 Medicare Evidence Development Coverage Advisory Committee meeting looking at whether low-dose CT lung cancer screening should be covered by Medicare.