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The Right Kind of Expert

Ben White

From Paul Graham’s “ The Right Kind of Stubborn “: The persistent are attached to the goal. The obstinate are attached to their ideas about how to reach it. Worse still, that means they’ll tend to be attached to their first ideas about how to solve a problem, even though these are the least informed by the experience of working on it.

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AI in radiology: The kids are alright

AuntMinnie

Young people are optimistic about the use of AI in medicine, including in radiology, according to survey findings published recently in European Radiology. Researchers led by Susan Shelmerdine, PhD, from University College London in England found that young people, ranging from children to adults in their 20s, feel that AI should be integrated into modern healthcare.

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COVID remnants still show up on PET scans years after infection

Health Imaging

That’s according to new PET imaging that shows the presence of activated T cells in the brain, spinal cord, gut and lung tissues of individuals who have recovered from COVID.

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Medicare proposes paying for CT colonography under hospital outpatient rule, drawing praise from radiology community

Radiology Business

The American College of Radiology has pushed for this decision since 2008, when trial results showed CTC or "virtual colonoscopy" to be a solid alternative to the traditional screening approach, which requires anesthesia.

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Maximize Your Radiology Center’s Performance With Specialized Scheduling

Patient-centric scheduling can only be achieved through optimized radiology workflows, effective communications between staff and physicians, and, of course, through specialized schedulers. In this guide, we’ll take you through a step-by-step process to transform your radiology center into a high-performance hub of medical imaging.

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A Victory for Radiology: New CMS Proposal Would Provide Coverage of CT Colonography in 2025

Diagnostic Imaging

In newly issued proposals addressing changes to coverage for Medicare services in 2025, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its intent to provide coverage of computed tomography colonography (CTC) for Medicare beneficiaries in 2025.

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Simple IR procedure could prevent women from having hysterectomies, but most have never heard of it

Health Imaging

New survey data suggest less than 20% of women with uterine fibroids are offered additional treatment options besides a hysterectomy.

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CMS proposes new coverage for PET imaging agents

AuntMinnie

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a new reimbursement plan July 10 for diagnostic PET scans that would provide separate payments for radiopharmaceuticals, as well as an extra payment for hospitals when they use domestically produced technetium-99m (Tc-99m). Currently, the CMS bundles Medicare payments for PET radiotracers for diagnosing disease as part of the packaged cost of imaging procedures in hospital outpatient settings.

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Fresh off private equity partnership, radiology provider creates new CEO role, plus more leadership moves

Radiology Business

In other announcements, Blue Earth Diagnostics names a new CEO, Volpara's chief adds a title following a merger with Lunit, and Upper Allegheny Health appoints an IR leader.

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Can AI Facilitate Effective Triage for Supplemental Breast MRI After Negative Mammography Screening?

Diagnostic Imaging

The AISmartDensity software facilitated a cancer detection rate (CDR) with breast MRI that was nearly four times higher than the CDR previously reported in trials involving traditional breast density assessment.

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Artificial intelligence speeds up heart scans, saving doctors' time, and could lead to better treatment for heart conditions

ScienceDaily

Researchers have developed a groundbreaking method for analysing heart MRI scans with the help of artificial intelligence, which could save valuable time and resources, as well as improve care for patients.

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Vizient Agreement with Greenly Enhances Greenhouse Gas Data Collection Solution for Providers and Suppliers

Imaging Technology

mtaschetta-millane Mon, 07/15/2024 - 12:12 July 15, 2024 — Vizient, Inc. announced a strategic partnership with leading carbon accounting platform provider Greenly to support Vizient’s Climate Performance Solutions with greenhouse gas data collection, analysis and reporting capabilities. “Evolving climate regulations are encouraging sustainable solutions to improve human health,” said Cristina Indiveri, associate vice president, Core Tenet Programs, Vizient.

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The rise of theranostics: Part 5 -- Advice from center administrators

AuntMinnie

As nuclear medicine therapies gain stature compared to nuclear medicine in diagnostic imaging, hospital administrators may be eyeing the potential of adding theranostics services. Nuclear medicine physicians may be asked to participate in planning for theranostics, and their collaboration with hospital leaders is recommended in order to start gathering the right information for the strategy, according to Dmitry Beyder, a nuclear medicine technologist who grew into the role of theranostics practi

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Radiology researchers explore why patients miss imaging appointments, with 2 key factors emerging

Radiology Business

University of California, Irvine, investigators conducted their analysis using data from 4 imaging centers affiliated with a tertiary care center in the state’s southern region.

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Brain Connectivity on MRI Predicts Parkinson’s Disease Progression

MedImaging Radiography

A new study has revealed that MRI scans depicting the structural and functional organization of the brain can predict the progression of brain atrophy in patients with early-stage, mild Parkinson's disease.

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Lab develops smallest free-floating bubbles for medical imaging

ScienceDaily

Bioengineering researchers developed ultrasmall, stable gas-filled protein nanostructures that could revolutionize ultrasound imaging and drug delivery for cancers and infectious diseases.

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ASTRO Urges Legislative Action as Reimbursement Cuts Continue in Proposed FY25 MPFS

Imaging Technology

mtaschetta-millane Thu, 07/11/2024 - 08:52 July 11, 2024 — The American Society for Radiation Oncology ( ASTRO ) issued the following statement from Jeff M. Michalski, MD, MBA, FASTRO , Chair of the ASTRO Board of Directors, in response to the proposed 2025 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS): “The declines in reimbursement for radiation therapy services for people with cancer under the Medicare physician fee schedule are disapp

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ACR responds to CMS proposed 2025 MPFS rule

AuntMinnie

The American College of Radiology has weighed in on the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) 2025 rule. The organization noted that the CMS expects the overall impact of the proposed MPFS to be neutral on radiology, nuclear medicine, and radiation oncology. However, interventional radiology will have a decrease of 2%.

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Insurance company ‘profiteering’ could have ‘devastating impact’ on physicians, ACR warns HHS

Radiology Business

Societies representing radiologists, anesthesiologists and EM docs are concerned about major insurance companies' use of shared savings programs.

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New template of the human brain enhances neuroimaging data analysis

Medical Xpress: Radiology

The human brain is responsible for critical functions, including perception, memory, language, thinking, consciousness, and emotions.

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Chicago Live Endoscopy, August 22-23, 2024

Omega Medical Imaging

Chicago Live 2024: Endoscopy Across the Windy City is the premier endoscopy course in the greater Chicago area. Chicago Live 2024 is a partnership of Northwestern Medicine, University of Chicago Medicine, University of Illinois College of Medicine, and John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County. The landscape in gastroenterology is rapidly evolving with novel innovation […] The post Chicago Live Endoscopy, August 22-23, 2024 appeared first on Omega Medical Imaging.

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One on One. with Reed A. Omary, MD, MS

Imaging Technology

Across the healthcare industry, and, notably, throughout the radiology community in just the past few years, the focus on the impact of medical imaging on the environment has intensified. Raising awareness and identifying solutions to advancing healthcare sustainability has been a top priority for Reed A.

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CMS proposes coverage of CT colonography screening

AuntMinnie

At long last, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is now backing Medicare reimbursement for CT colonography (CTC) for colorectal cancer screening. The CMS has included coverage of CTC in its proposed 2025 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) and 2025 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rules, which were published on July 10.

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Medicare to allow remote monitoring of diagnostic imaging exams for at least 1 more year

Radiology Business

"The failure of CMS to make virtual supervision permanent is certainly disappointing,” attorney and radiology policy expert Tom Greeson wrote Thursday.

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Academic radiology has a diversity problem

Health Imaging

Although great strides have been made in promoting equity, inclusion and diversity in radiology, academic settings still lack adequate representation, according to a new study.

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Study Assesses Amyloid PET/MRI Combination in Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease

Diagnostic Imaging

Emerging research revealed that a machine learning combination of amyloid beta PET and structural MRI demonstrated an 89 percent AUC in differentiating between older healthy patients and those with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Philips Strengthens its Leadership in Digital Pathology as its Philips IntelliSite Pathology Solution Receives 510(k) Clearance

Imaging Technology

mtaschetta-millane Fri, 07/12/2024 - 11:00 July 12, 2024 — Diagnosing cancer and providing the personalized therapy it often requires, is a collaborative effort more than in any other area of medicine. It involves a multidisciplinary team of oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, geneticists, and other specialists. Philips’ digital pathology solution includes whole-slide scanners , image management system , and proven implementation and support services to guide the transformation from an

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Cryoablation safe and effective for treating breast cancer

AuntMinnie

Cryoablation is a safe and effective treatment method for breast cancer, according to research published July 10 in the American Journal of Roentgenology. A team led by Karim Oueidat, MD, from Brown University in Providence, RI, found that cryoablation demonstrated a near-perfect technical success rate in women who were treated for primary breast cancer.

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At an impasse, 70-physician radiology practice terminates contract with UnitedHealthcare

Radiology Business

Arizona-based Southwest Diagnostic Imaging said the decision is effective immediately, with its 19 locations now considered out-of-network for those using UHC health plans.

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Men at risk for prostate cancer could be forgoing necessary imaging due to climbing out-of-pocket costs

Health Imaging

Experts are calling for insurance companies to provide full coverage for imaging and other necessary exams, if indicated by an abnormal prostate cancer screening test.

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FDA Clears Emerging Brain PET System

Diagnostic Imaging

Offering dedicated PET imaging of the brain, the compact NeuroLF system may facilitate patient comfort while enabling detection and monitoring of brain tumors, epilepsy, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.

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