6 Steps to Radiology: Part 6 -- The internship year
June 17, 2019 -- If radiology residency is a marathon, then internship is the warm-up. Across the U.S., medical students who have successfully matched to a radiology residency program are preparing for their internship year. Dr. Nupur Verma offers some advice in our final 6 Steps to Radiology article for the 2018-2019 academic year.  Discuss
3D printing bolsters surgery for multiple rib fractures
June 17, 2019 -- Using 3D-printed models based on chest CT scans allows clinicians to personalize surgical treatment for patients with multiple rib fractures -- reducing operating times and the risk of intraoperative complications, according to an article published online June 11 in the Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery.  Discuss
5 trends shaping the future of global ultrasound
June 17, 2019 -- 2018 was a record year for the world ultrasound equipment market, with revenues increasing by 6.8%, tipping the market over the $7 billion mark for the first time. The ultrasound market is forecast to continue growing relatively strongly in the coming years, with five trends driving growth, according to Simon Harris of market research firm Signify Research.  Discuss
Update on interventional radiology coding and billing
June 17, 2019 -- Proper coding of physician services is essential to efficient billing and the optimization of reimbursement from payors, including commercial and governmental entities. The current procedural terminology codes issued by the American Medical Association to describe physician procedures are supposed to be recognized as standards, but in practice they are not accepted equally by all payors.  Discuss
MedPAC June report focuses on site of service
June 14, 2019 -- In some good news for radiology, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) June report to the U.S. Congress does not propose any cuts in physician payments beyond statutory updates mandated by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015.  Discuss
Elevated CT CAC scores linked to future heart failure
June 14, 2019 -- The presence of coronary artery calcium (CAC) on the CT scans of middle-aged individuals, especially African Americans, was associated with an increased risk of structural heart abnormalities and future heart failure in a new study, published online June 14 in Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging.  Discuss
MRI aids in assessing cocaine-related heart damage
June 14, 2019 -- Cardiac MRI's ability to noninvasively provide a microscopic view of living tissue plays a critical role in helping clinicians differentiate between symptoms of heart disease and cocaine-induced cardiac abnormalities, according to a study published June 13 in Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging.  Discuss
CT lung screening reduces cancer mortality most in women
June 14, 2019 -- CT lung cancer screening reduced cancer mortality by 69% in high-risk female smokers in the German Lung Cancer Screening Intervention trial, based on new results. But the test offered less of a benefit to men, according to a study recently published in the International Journal of Cancer.  Discuss
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 87: The feminist narrative
June 14, 2019 -- Do today's research trials adequately reflect medical outcomes in women? Or are they too focused on men? Ryan starts to wonder in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend.  Discuss
Breast density group asks FDA to clarify notification
June 14, 2019 -- Efforts by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to standardize breast density notification across the U.S. are admirable but could be improved, according to comments submitted to the FDA June 12 by advocacy group  Discuss
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