Less jargon makes MRI reports easier to read
January 15, 2019 -- It's time for radiologists to use more common words that patients can understand when they read their lumbar spine MRI and other exam results, concluded a study published online January 8 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Coding changes that will affect radiology practices in 2019
January 15, 2019 -- What coding changes are in store for U.S. radiology practices in 2019? Rebecca Farrington of Healthcare Administrative Partners takes a look at revisions in the current procedural terminology (CPT) codes and what they mean for your coding.  Discuss
MRI jargon draws fire in Vox series on health costs
January 15, 2019 -- Online news portal Vox continues find radiology in its sights as it takes aim at runaway healthcare costs. In a January 14 article, the site criticized jargon that hospitals use to describe radiology services -- in particular MRI -- as an example of why healthcare charges are so hard to understand.  Discuss
Should radiologists become gatekeepers against overuse?
January 8, 2019 -- Should the primary duty of radiologists shift from interpreting images to preventing unnecessary orders for medical imaging? That's just one of several novel suggestions for reducing radiology overuse in a Viewpoint article published online January 7 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Discuss
Use of emergency chest imaging on the rise
January 8, 2019 -- Led by significant growth in the use of CT, the utilization of noncardiac chest imaging increased markedly in the emergency department during the past few decades, according to research from the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute published online January 2 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
High prices drive healthcare spending in the U.S.
January 7, 2019 -- Per capita healthcare spending -- including for medical imaging -- is much higher in the U.S. than in any other country, and the spending rate is increasingly trending upward, according to a study published online January 7 in Health Affairs.  Discuss
Most malpractice suits resolved in radiologists' favor
January 3, 2019 -- Most radiologists are concerned about being named in a malpractice suit at some point in their career. But while half of radiologists will have been a malpractice defendant by the age of 60, a strong majority of malpractice claims that go to trial are decided in favor of radiologists.  Discuss
Is your job making you fat? Radiologists weigh in
December 21, 2018 -- Does the radiology work environment make radiologists fat? The answer may be yes, as many radiologists reported that their sedentary work environment has contributed to weight gain, according to research presented at the recent RSNA meeting.  Discuss
Natural language processing yields rad-path correlation
December 19, 2018 -- The combination of open-source natural language processing technology and commonly used radiology structured reporting systems can facilitate correlation between radiologic and pathologic findings, according to research presented at the recent RSNA 2018 meeting in Chicago.  Discuss
Rural facilities have harder time retaining IRs
December 17, 2018 -- Small hospitals and rural communities have a harder time than their urban counterparts when it comes to recruiting and retaining interventional radiologists (IRs) and meeting interventional service demands, according to a study published online December 11 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss