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CT-Based Fractional Flow Reserve Analysis Improves Five-Year Outcomes After Major Vascular Surgery

Diagnostic Imaging

For patients with no history of coronary artery disease (CAD), new research shows the use of CT-derived fractional flow reserve (FFR-CT) guided revascularizations after elective vascular surgery reduced myocardial infarction and all-cause death by 20 percent in comparison to standard care.

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Giving patients access to their medical imaging could improve health literacy

Health Imaging

However, medical image sharing could also produce an influx of questions from patients who have concerns about what they're looking at, authors of a new paper suggest.

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FES-PET could save $142M in breast cancer costs

AuntMinnie

Adding F-18 fluroestradiol (FES)-PET/CT imaging to standard of care tests in women with suspected estrogen receptor (ER)-positive breast cancer could save the U.S. millions in healthcare costs, according to a study published May 14 in PLOS One. In a budget impact study, GE HealthCare scientists estimated the approach could save up to $142 million over a five-year period, primarily by increasing true-positive and true-negative test results and reducing the need for biopsies, noted a team led by R

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Hologic recalling breast care devices after 71 injuries, FDA says

Radiology Business

The alert pertains to the BioZorb and BioZorb LP radiographic markers, implanted in soft tissue to indicate the site for radiation therapy or other medical procedures.

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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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New Study Finds Age and Race Impact Artificial Intelligence (AI) Performance on Digital Mammograms

Imaging Technology

christine.book Tue, 05/21/2024 - 10:36 May 21, 2024 — According to a newly-published study of nearly 5,000 screening mammograms interpreted by an FDA-approved AI algorithm, patient characteristics such as race and age influenced false positive results. The study’s results, “Patient Characteristics Impact Performance of AI Algorithm in Interpreting Negative Screening Digital Breast Tomosynthesis Studies” were published today in Radiology , a journal of the Radiological Society of North America (

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ASTRO lobbies for new radiation therapy payment bill

AuntMinnie

AuntMinnie.com spoke with Casey Chollet-Lipscomb, MD, who joined radiation oncologists from around the U.S. in Washington, D.C., on May 20 and 21 to lobby for a recently introduced bill that proposes a new payment model for radiation therapy. The Radiation Oncology Case Rate Value-Based Payment Program Act, or ROCR Act, was introduced in Congress last week and aims to improve the way Medicare pays for radiation therapy -- a highly effective treatment for a large portion of cancer patients, Choll

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Senators release new details on how Congress could reform radiologist Medicare payment system

Radiology Business

Reforms could include creating more sustainable payment updates to ensure radiologists can continue owning and operating practices and rethinking how Medicare measures quality.

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Lung Abnormality Progression Linked to Acute Respiratory Disease in Smokers

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Fri, 05/24/2024 - 07:00 May 24, 2024 — Smokers who have small abnormalities on their CT scans that grow over time have a greater likelihood of experiencing acute respiratory disease events, according to a new study published today in Radiology , a journal of the Radiological Society of North America ( RSNA ). Quantitative interstitial abnormalities (QIA) are subtle abnormalities on chest CTs that do not meet the diagnostic criteria for advanced pulmonary diseases but are nonetheless a

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Dozens of injuries trigger FDA recall of over 50,000 implantable tissue marking devices

Health Imaging

The Class I recall, which is the most serious recall the FDA issues, comes after numerous adverse events and complications linked to the radiographic markers were reported.

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Consideration needed in breast cancer screening for young women

AuntMinnie

Consideration is needed for breast cancer screening in women younger than 40 years, according to research presented at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) annual meeting. Manisha Bahl, MD, from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston presented the findings, which showed that women between the ages of 30 and 39 years have a cancer detection rate of nearly three per 1,000, with about half of screening-detected cancers being invasive.

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Aetna declines to modify payment policy despite pleas from radiology societies

Radiology Business

ACR, the Society of Interventional Radiology and others believe these restrictions will force patients to consider problematic alternatives for their back pain, such as opioids.

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Study of Mammography AI Software Notes 50 Percent Higher Likelihood of False-Positive Results for Black Women

Diagnostic Imaging

Researchers also noted that mammography-based AI software was associated with over a threefold higher likelihood of false-positive risk scores in patients 61 to 70 years of age in comparison to women 51 to 60 years of age.

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Machine learning helps experts identify ADHD biomarkers on MRI scans

Health Imaging

Experts have identified numerous white matter features, in addition to changes in white matter tracts that occur over time, which they believe are more common among people with ADHD.

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PSMA-PET/CT effective in patients with kidney cancer

AuntMinnie

PSMA-PET/CT has the potential to be an effective alternative imaging approach for diagnosing patients with renal cell carcinoma (RCC), a type of kidney cancer, according to a study published May 23 in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. In a meta-analysis of published studies, a group at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, found that PET/CT using both gallium-68 (Ga-68)-based and F-18-based prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) radiotracers had high detection rates for

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Top 10 trends to follow in diagnostic radiology

Radiology Business

Consulting firm Vizient published its fifth annual imaging trends report, highlighting issues such as staffing, remote scanning, AI, sustainability and "systemness.

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Study: PSMA PET/CT Agent May Rule Out csPCa in 93 Percent of PI-RADS 3 Lesions

Diagnostic Imaging

New prospective research examining the utility of 18F-PSMA-1007 PET/CT revealed comparable sensitivity to mpMRI for detecting clinically significant prostate cancer and a 17 percent higher specificity rate.

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Portable Ultrasound Tool Uses AI to Detect Arm Fractures More Quickly

MedImaging Ultrasound

A new portable ultrasound system is set to potentially reduce wait times for patients with suspected injuries to the upper limbs visiting hospital emergency departments.

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Abbreviated MRI suitable in subsequent screening of dense breasts

AuntMinnie

Abbreviated MRI may be suitable for screening women with dense breasts, a study published May 22 in the American Journal of Roentgenology found. Researchers led by Christine Edmonds, MD, from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, found that subsequent rounds of abbreviated breast MRI screening in patients with dense breasts had lower abnormal interpretation rates compared with baseline examinations.

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House committee advances key legislation to strengthen pay for diagnostic imaging agents

Radiology Business

The FIND Act is supported by several industry stakeholders including ACR and the Society of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging.

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Investigation into patient's death after contrast injection begins

Health Imaging

The man's wife told the court that he had undergone similar scans multiple times before and had never experienced any sort of adverse reaction.

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Which X-Ray Equipment Do You Need For Your Chiropractic Clinic?

Atlantis Worldwide

Chiropractic healthcare depends on the correct diagnosis, which requires X-rays of the spine. Radiology and X-rays can reveal the structure and alignment of the spine as well as evidence of scar tissue, arthritis and other issues.

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Breast density, obesity tied to interval cancers in Korean women

AuntMinnie

Breast density, obesity, and hormone replacement therapy use are tied to interval breast cancer in Korean women when compared with screen-detected breast cancer, according to research published May 20 in JAMA Network Open. A team led by Boyoung Park, MD, PhD, from Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea also found that overall mortality from interval breast cancer is comparable with that of screen-detected breast cancer in these women.

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Radiology provider joins growing number of institutions refusing to accept Medicare Advantage

Radiology Business

“Medicare Advantage undermines my expertise as a physician and disregards my patients’ unique medical needs," said radiation oncologist Todd E. Hlavaty, MD.

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Age, race and density status influence AI performance on mammogram reads

Health Imaging

Although studies have shown AI to be effective as a support tool, several have also highlighted issues related to the potential for bias in algorithms that have not been trained on diverse datasets.

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Deep Learning Model with DCE-MRI May Help Predict Proliferative Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Diagnostic Imaging

Incorporating dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI, a deep learning model demonstrated a 20 percent higher AUC in external validation testing than clinical factors alone and over a 17 percent higher AUC than radiological factors alone in predicting proliferative hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).

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QT Imaging touts acoustic breast ultrasound tomography study

AuntMinnie

QT Imaging is touting the results of a study suggesting the efficacy of the company's QTI Breast Acoustic CT scanner in differentiating between breast tissue types and map ducts over time. The study, published May 19 in Tomography and led by QT Imaging researchers, included data from 400 QT breast scans on 24 women, including four postmenopausal subjects, performed six to 10 times over two months.

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Private equity-backed urology practice enters interventional radiology with new outpatient center

Radiology Business

Central Ohio Urology is working with Prostate Centers USA, a Virginia-based IR group that operates a network of locations across several states.

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Use Caution When Billing For Remote Radiology Reading

Healthcare Administrative Partners

The ability to have radiologists work at locations remote from the patient exam site can be a great boon to efficiency and turnaround time. This practice has become more prevalent with the advent of faster network connections, and it has increased significantly since the COVID-19 pandemic when more people began working off-site. Compliant billing for remote reading services is not always as straightforward as normal on-site billing, and radiology practices must be aware of the requirements of ea

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Abbreviated Breast MRI and Dense Breasts: What Emerging Research Reveals

Diagnostic Imaging

In a study of over 2,000 women with dense breasts and average breast cancer risk, abbreviated MRI (AB-MR) demonstrated an 18.9 per 1000 cancer detection rate (CDR) in baseline exams, and all cancers detected with baseline or subsequent AB/MR exams were stage 0 or 1.

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Can x-rays help fit soldiers for body armor?

AuntMinnie

Researchers in Australia have invented a technique using x-rays and 3D surface body scans that could optimize body armor for soldiers, according to a study published May 18 in Applied Ergonomics. The method involves using using 3D organ models based on planar x-rays and 3D external body surface scans to identify essential organ boundaries. This is fundamental to ensuring that future body armor systems provide adequate protection, noted lead author Celeste Coltman, PhD, of the University of Canbe

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