Researchers from Cincinnati Children's Hospital have demonstrated that using radiologic technologists instead of referring physicians to provide clinical histories of patients results in improved histories and leads to better image interpretation.
By Matt Hawkins, M.D. A permanent fix to the sustainable growth rate formula eluded Congress again--stunning, I know. Another year of SGR duct tape. And ICD-10 was laughably delayed for yet another year. (How many ICD-11 jokes have you heard over the last couple of weeks?) This kind of partisan-driven politicking escalates the apathy that many physicians already have for Washington. But maybe that's their objective.
A provision of the sustainable growth rate patch legislation will penalize radiology professionals using CT equipment that doesn't comply with new dose management standards.
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.
Only 6 percent of colorectal cancers diagnosed within three to five years received a clean colonoscopy report, according to a study out of the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah.
Colon cancer rates have dropped 30 percent in the U.S. in the last 10 years, with the largest decrease seen in in people over the age of 65, according to a report in the March/April issue of CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.
Radiation exposure for trauma patients at Creighton University Medical Center who underwent computed tomography scans and other diagnostic tests increased "significantly" over the 10-year period between 2001 and 2010, according to a study presented at the 2014 annual meeting of the Society of Critical Care Medicine.
It's reassuring that when it comes to children, researchers seem to be succeeding in coming up with ways of reducing their risks to radiation overexposure.
A report published online in Lancet Oncology outlines several areas--including medical imaging--where oncologists can cut costs while maintaining the quality of care.
The use of portable ultrasound as a first line imaging study in children with suspected appendicitis can help reduce the emergency room length of stay for these children as well as the need for CT scans, according to a team from Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.