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The SAVE In-School Loophole

Ben White

I wrote about this last September , but it’s important enough that I’ll repeat myself with more bullet points and shorter sentences. The Summary The new SAVE student loan plan has a generous unpaid interest subsidy: every dollar of accrued interest that isn’t covered by your monthly payment is waive. SAVE also has a feature (“loophole”) that allows some borrowers to enter repayment early and benefit from that 100% subsidy on unpaid interest, effectively making quali

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Brain imaging study reveals connections critical to human consciousness

Medical Xpress: Radiology

In a paper titled, "Multimodal MRI reveals brainstem connections that sustain wakefulness in human consciousness," published in Science Translational Medicine, a group of researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Children's Hospital, created a connectivity map of a brain network that they propose is critical to human consciousness.

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Jury still out on clinical use of ChatGPT

AuntMinnie

ChatGPT has been effective in 84% of radiology research studies, yet it is still too soon to confirm its complete proficiency for clinical applications, according to a team at the University of California, Los Angeles. A group led by Pedram Keshavarz, MD, performed a systematic literature review and found that 37 out of 44 (84.1%) radiology studies show ChatGPT's effectiveness, yet none suggested its unsupervised use in clinical practice.

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Biennial Mammography Over Annual Mammography? USPSTF Issues Updated Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations

Diagnostic Imaging

In finalized updates to breast cancer screening recommendations, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) advocates biennial mammography screening for women 40 to 74 years of age and notes insufficient evidence for the use of supplemental MRI in women with dense breasts.

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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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Needless Customer Antipathy

Ben White

Luminello, my wife’s (now former) small practice EHR, just shut down, so I thought we’d end our sold-to-private-equity-just-to-be-shuttered-with-gusto story with a final litany of needless suffering and smarm. Timing To pressure people to switch to SimplePractice, busy psychiatrists running small private practices were given just two months before their current EHR shut down to research, pick, and migrate to a completely new platform.

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Automatic organ segmentation model available for testing with pediatric CTs

AuntMinnie

Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) have developed and validated an abdominal organ segmentation model and made it available as an open-source application for further research and potential clinical deployment in pediatrics, according to an article published in the American Journal of Roentgenology on May 1. After testing a number of different deep-learning algorithms, first author Elanchezhian Somasundaram, PhD, from the departments of radiology and pediatrics a

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FDA Clears 5T Whole-Body MRI System

Diagnostic Imaging

In addition to enhanced resolution, the uMR Jupiter 5T device reportedly addresses image uniformity and radiofrequency safety that have been previous challenges with ultra-high-field MRI.

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Deny deny deny

Ben White

The tale of case review at Cigna in ProPublica : “Deny, deny, deny. That’s how you hit your numbers,” said Day, who worked for Cigna until the late spring of 2022. “If you take a breath or think about any of these cases, you’re going to fall behind.” […] The early 2022 dashboards listed a handle time of four minutes for a prior authorization. The bulk of drug requests were to be decided in two to five minutes.

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Walmart’s experiment offering imaging at its superstores fails as retailer closes all clinics

Radiology Business

"The challenging reimbursement environment and escalating operating costs create a lack of profitability that make the care business unsustainable," the retailer said Tuesday.

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ISMRM: Novel visualization techniques show possible concussion damage from boxing

AuntMinnie

New MRI research suggests the neurological health of boxer athletes must be monitored and maintained long-term, according to research shared May 6 at the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) meeting. In a poster presentation, researchers from Lanzhou University Second Hospital and GE HealthCare MR Research in China shared results from their analysis of sport-related concussion (SRC) macro- and microstructure alteration patterns in the MRI brain scans of 57 active youn

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Koneksa Announces Study with New York Proton Center to Collect Patient-Generated Health Data During Proton Radiotherapy in Lung Cancer

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Mon, 04/29/2024 - 13:01 April 29, 2024 — Koneksa , a healthcare technology company pioneering evidence-based digital biomarkers, announced today the enrollment of the first patient in a pilot study collecting patient-generated health data (PGHD) during proton radiotherapy for lung cancer in collaboration with the New York Proton Center (NYPC), a leading institution in cancer care and research.

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New study results 'strongly' back supplemental MRI for women with dense breasts

Health Imaging

This latest research further confirms that breast MRI not only detects tumors that mammography cannot, but it also spots invasive cases that pose greater risks to patients.

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ACR affirms support for registered radiologist assistant as ‘valuable’ member of imaging team

Radiology Business

“The RRA supports the goals for optimal access to radiology services for all patients and for alleviating increasing workloads," the college said.

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PET reveals ‘smoldering’ brain inflammation in patients treated for MS

AuntMinnie

PET brain scans show persistent brain inflammation in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), despite being treated with high-efficacy disease-modifying therapies, according to a recent study by researchers in Boston. The finding suggests that PET imaging of translocator protein (TSPO) in the brain can serve as a biomarker for evaluating patients whose disease progresses despite treatment, noted lead author Tarun Singhal, MD, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and colleagues.

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Dietary changes may treat pulmonary hypertension

ScienceDaily

Blood vessels in the lungs aren't like the others in the body. This difference becomes clear in pulmonary hypertension, in which only the lungs' blood vessels stiffen progressively, leading to chronic lung disease, heart failure and death. The underlying reasons for this organ-specific vessel stiffening remained a mystery until researchers made a surprising discovery about these blood vessel cells in patients with pulmonary hypertension -- they're hungry.

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First 5T MRI to offer whole-body imaging scores FDA clearance

Health Imaging

Houston, Texas-based United Imaging announced the clearance of its uMR Jupiter 5T MRI system, the first to offer an 8-channel whole-body multi-transmit system.

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USPSTF finalizes new breast cancer screening recommendations that ACR says ‘do not go far enough’

Radiology Business

The guidelines now urge all women to begin undergoing mammography every other year starting at age 40, with radiologists hoping for an annual recommendation.

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Large language models underperform in breast imaging

AuntMinnie

Large language models such as ChatGPT and Google Gemini fall short in breast imaging, a study published April 30 in Radiology found. Researchers led by Andrea Cozzi, MD, PhD, of the Imaging Institute of Southern Switzerland in Lugano reported that these models reported that these models show only moderate agreement with radiologists when classifying breast imaging findings by BI-RADS category.

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Information Technology’s Impact on Tomorrow’s Health

Imaging Technology

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Global Health Conference and Exhibition brought together more than 30,000 professionals including public health officials, CIOs, CTOs, informaticists, data scientists and practitioners in Orlando, M

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A significant amount of imaging orders in emergency settings are inappropriate

Health Imaging

A general lack of awareness pertaining to ACR appropriateness criteria could be a driving factor behind the misguided requisitions, authors of a new analysis suggest.

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ACR urges ‘swift congressional action’ to increase the supply of radiologists

Radiology Business

The college voiced its concerns in comments recently submitted to the Senate Finance Committee, which held a hearing on doc pay reform.

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ISMRM: Radiology AI technology is here — and more is coming

AuntMinnie

SINGAPORE - AI is already changing the practice of medical imaging, and there's more technological growth to come, according to a plenary talk delivered May 4 at the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) annual meeting. Charlene Liew, MD, director of cardiothoracic imaging at Changi General Hospital in Singapore, outlined the current state of AI in radiology and where it is going in a presentation called "AI in Radiology: The Past Informs the Future.

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GPT-4, Google Gemini Fall Short in Breast Imaging Classification

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Tue, 04/30/2024 - 12:37 April 30, 2024 — Use of publicly available large language models (LLMs) resulted in changes in breast imaging reports classification that could have a negative effect on patient management, according to a new international study published today in the journal Radiology , a journal of the Radiological Society of North America ( RSNA ).

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Don’t Forget About the IO in the Critically Ill Patient

REBEL EM

Critically ill patients requiring resuscitation often present with many challenges including the ability to secure safe, sterile, fast, and reliable intravenous (IV) access. Over the years emergency and critical care physicians have tried many ways to establish IV access in emergencies including the “crash” or “dirty” central line. If you are not familiar with this term, it’s the act of rapidly trying to place a central line (usually femoral), placing the needle for access over strict sterile pr

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Nearly 46% increase in breast cancer incidence among 20-year-olds ‘merits greater attention’

Radiology Business

Those in their 30s also have seen a nearly 13% uptick in occurrence of the disease, experts detailed in the Canadian Association of Radiologists Journal.

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Interstitial lung abnormalities linked to respiratory disease risk

AuntMinnie

CT imaging shows that severe acute respiratory disease events can be caused by quantitative interstitial abnormalities (QIA) -- that is, small irregularities that don't necessarily meet diagnostic criteria for advanced pulmonary diseases but show up on CT exams over time, a study published April 30 in Radiology has reported. A team led by Bina Choi, MD, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston found that, although acute respiratory disease events have tended to be associated with airway disease

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Adopting Micro-workflows: The Next Step in Deconstructing for Improved Outcomes

Imaging Technology

The rapid growth of healthcare data has reached unprecedented heights, making up about 30% of the world’s stored data.¹ Healthcare alone is estimated to generate up to 137 terabytes of data per day,² with both clinical and machine-generated data contributing to this tremendous volume. What’s more, the introduction and adoption of new and valuable healthcare technologies means that healthcare data is continuing to grow by 47% every year.

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Implementing Automated 3D Measurements to Quantify Reference Values and Side-to-Side Differences in the Ankle Syndesmosis

CurveBeam AI

Key Points: Currently plain radiographs are the standard method in diagnosing syndesmotic ankle injuries even though the distal tibiofibular joint cannot be assessed due to superposition of the osseous structures in the foot. Weight bearing CT (WBCT) allows bilateral assessment of the ankle syndesmosis while under physiological load and in 3-dimensions (3D).

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Momentum builds as Vermont becomes 23rd state to pass legislation bolstering breast imaging reimbursement

Radiology Business

Out-of-pocket charges can range from $234 for a diagnostic mammogram to over $1,000 for a breast MRI, according to a recently commissioned study.

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ISMRM President Derek Jones, PhD, offers upcoming meeting highlights

AuntMinnie

The International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) will be hosting its annual meeting May 4 to 9 in Singapore. AuntMinnie.com spoke with the society's president, Derek Jones, PhD, director of Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Center (CUBRIC) in Wales, U.K. about what attendees can expect during the gathering.

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