Are you a competitor, a valued partner, or invisible?
June 12, 2015 -- Healthcare as an industry is under pressure. In this new paradigm, independent radiology practices need to understand how their hospital and health system partners really view them in order to remain viable. Executives at the recent Radiology Business Management Association summit see three types: competitors, valued partners, and those who are invisible.  Discuss
USPSTF ponders addition of new heart risk factors
June 12, 2015 -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has drafted a research plan for assessing cardiovascular disease risk, and it is accepting public comments on the idea of adding nontraditional measures such as coronary artery calcium into standard cardiovascular risk factor assessment for asymptomatic individuals.  Discuss
MDCT: In CT lung cancer screening, don't forget the heart
June 11, 2015 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Radiologists who screen smokers for lung cancer with CT should remember to look at the heart as an important predictor of mortality in its own right, according to a Tuesday talk at the International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT (MDCT).  Discuss
Annals: Few differences in CCTA vs. SPECT MPI
June 11, 2015 -- A study comparing coronary CT angiography (CCTA) with SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) in chest pain patients found that CT's radiation dose was lower and that it yielded fewer unpleasant experiences among patients, according to results published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  Discuss
Radiologist decision support may cut unnecessary studies
June 11, 2015 -- So far, clinical decision support has been promoted as a tool for referring physicians, but what if it's used by radiologists? A decision-support tool that's readily available for radiologists when reading medical images can help them order more-appropriate follow-up exams, according to researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center.  Discuss
MDCT: Is Uber in radiology's future?
June 10, 2015 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Is the ride-sharing service Uber a viable model for radiology to emulate as it seeks ways to evolve with the changing healthcare environment? What exactly is patient-centered radiology -- and why is it important? Presenters at the annual International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT (MDCT) addressed these questions and more in a lively Tuesday session.  Discuss
MDCT: 6 steps to better CT hanging protocols
June 10, 2015 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Are you still reading CT images off your PACS without hanging protocols? If so, that's like going through your email inbox without a spam filter, according to Dr. Jeffrey Mendel, who offered six tips for designing time-saving hanging protocols in a talk at the 2015 International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT (MDCT).  Discuss
SNMMI: FDG-PET/CT predicts ovarian cancer survival
June 10, 2015 -- BALTIMORE - FDG-PET/CT scans can help predict disease progression and overall survival of ovarian cancer patients for as long as several years after treatment, according to a Tuesday presentation at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) annual meeting.  Discuss
SNMMI: FDOPA-PET/MRI monitors pediatric brain tumors
June 9, 2015 -- BALTIMORE - Clinicians may soon be able to add PET/MRI with F-18 fluorodopa (FDOPA) to their imaging arsenal to evaluate the efficacy of the angiogenesis inhibitor bevacizumab for pediatric brain tumors, according to a study presented on Monday at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) annual meeting.  Discuss
MDCT: Hopes high for CTC screening reimbursement
June 9, 2015 -- SAN FRANCISCO - The talented but long-suffering colon cancer screening exam known as CT colonography (CTC) may finally be on the cusp of screening reimbursement, though nothing is certain, according to a Monday presentation at the annual International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT (MDCT).  Discuss
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