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Radiology Partners and a “Comprehensive Set of Financing Transactions”

Ben White

Last week, Radiology Partners released an announcement that it was “commencing a comprehensive set of financing transactions to strengthen its financial position.” Setting the Stage Going into 2024, RP was already cashflow negative (i.e. losing money) to say nothing of the massive debt payments due this year and next. For a reminder of what was coming, recall this slide: But it’s more than that: In addition to having no ability to pay these loans back, RP told lenders they̵

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Can Positron Emission Mammography Have an Impact in Diagnosing Invasive Breast Cancer?

Diagnostic Imaging

Findings from a new pilot study showed that low-dose positron emission mammography (PEM) detected 96 percent of malignant index lesions and had a 46 percent lower false-positive rate in comparison to breast MRI.

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Mortgage discrimination tied to breast cancer outcomes

AuntMinnie

Mortgage discrimination is tied to breast cancer outcomes, a study published February 20 in JAMA Network Open found. Researchers led by Jasmine Miller-Kleinhenz, PhD, from Emory University in Atlanta found that living in a historically redlined area is tied to increased odds of estrogen receptor (ER)-negative breast cancer in non-Hispanic Black women and increased odds of late-stage diagnosis in non-Hispanic white women.

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Annual mammography beginning at 40 reduces breast cancer mortality by 42%, new data show

Radiology Business

"I am hoping that primary care physicians see that risks of screening are manageable, and the benefits are tremendous," said Dartmouth's Debra L. Monticciolo, MD.

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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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The Transition from Wake to Sleep: Watching Cortical Synchronicity and Information Flow

UCSF Biomedical Imaging

The complex process of drifting from wakefulness to sleep is governed by the brain’s cortex, and new research from UCSF imaging scientists advances our understanding of this important phenomenon.

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Scientist shows focused ultrasound can reach deep into the brain to relieve pain

ScienceDaily

Scientists have found soundwaves from low-intensity focused ultrasound aimed at a place deep in the brain called the insula can reduce both the perception of pain and other effects of pain, such as heart rate changes.

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Shining a light on the hidden damage of mild brain injuries

Medical Xpress: Radiology

Researchers have created a new brain imaging method that allows mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBIs) to be diagnosed, even when existing imaging techniques like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) don't show any structural abnormalities. The technique involves loading gadolinium, a standard MRI contrast agent, into hydrogel-based micropatches that are attached to immune cells called macrophages.

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CHRISTUS Health Hits Texas Roads

Imaging Technology

Each MATR is a fully stocked sports medicine clinic and is operated by the athletic trainers at CHRISTUS Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute. mtaschetta-millane Mon, 01/15/2024 - 14:15 Playing sports is good for all ages: it helps participants stay in shape, learn how to organize their time, and help build relationships with peers. However, sports can be dangerous.

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Making the Transformation from Analog to Digital Radiography

Everything Rad

Reading Time: 4 minutes read Four considerations to gain maximum benefits to workflow and patient outcomes By Tasos Strouzos, President and General Manager, Consumables Business Unit, Carestream Health. The benefits of moving from analog imaging to full digital X-ray are well known. Digital Radiography (DR) can help speed your imaging workflow, ease the workload on your staff, and reduce the dose to support a higher standard of care.

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The AcT Trial: Tenecteplase vs Alteplase for Acute Ischemic Stroke

REBEL EM

Background : Alteplase, a class of medication that converts plasminogen to plasmin leading to fibrin degradation and subsequent clot lysis, has been the standard of care for acute ischemic stroke (AIS) patients that meet eligibility criteria. Tenecteplase, a modified version of alteplase, is being increasingly utilized for AIS due to its favorable pharmacological profile, ease of administration, and cost effectiveness.

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Productivity is a Trap

Ben White

A little over a year ago, I found Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals to be one of the most excerpt-able books I’d read in a while. In it, Burkeman describes cosmic insignificance theory , the perhaps counterintuitive argument that I would summarize as, “You really don’t matter very much in the grand scheme of things, so stop getting so worked up.” You could consider the aspirational approach to be a form of happy nihilism.

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Early-Stage Cervical Cancer: Is MRI, CT or PET/CT the Best Option for Diagnosing Lymph Node Metastases?

Diagnostic Imaging

For the detection of nodal metastases in patients with early-stage cervical cancer, 18F FDG PET-CT offered a sensitivity rate that was double that of CT and 32 percent higher than MRI, according to newly published research.

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COVID-19 set back Alzheimer’s disease research

AuntMinnie

U.S. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) research centers saw a 77% drop in participants enrolling in clinical trials due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study conducted by epidemiologists at the University of Pittsburgh. Notably, the effect was experienced most keenly by historically underserved populations, with a 91% drop in Black/African American participants compared with 71% in white participants, wrote lead author Elizabeth Shaaban, PhD, of the school’s Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (

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S&P views Radiology Partners’ debt refinancing maneuvers as ‘tantamount to a default’

Radiology Business

The country’s largest radiology practice first announced the series of maneuvers, including raising $720 million in new “growth equity,” on Feb. 15.

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Meet the European Radiology Review Fellows for 2024!

European Radiology

It is an honor for the European Radiology Editorial Team to introduce the new class of Review Fellows who will join us at the ECR 2024 and begin their Fellowship under the mentorship of our esteemed Deputy Editors. Over the next year, our Review Fellows will take part in handling manuscripts, analyzing scientific papers, and learning how to make editorial decisions under the guidance of supervising Editors.

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Celebrating 20 Years of Innovation: UCSF’s Center for Molecular and Functional Imaging

UCSF Biomedical Imaging

In 2003, the Center for Molecular and Functional Imaging (CMFI) at China Basin Landing opened its doors with San Francisco’s first 3T MRI and two 1.5T clinical scanners, followed a few years later by a cyclotron which launched our in-house radiopharmaceutical program. Since then, the CMFI has been at the forefront of 3T research and major advances in theranostics and precision medicine.

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Study finds strongest evidence to date of brain's ability to compensate for age-related cognitive decline

ScienceDaily

Scientists have found the strongest evidence yet that our brains can compensate for age-related deterioration by recruiting other areas to help with brain function and maintain cognitive performance.

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Ultrafast ultrasound: First successful contrast agent-free imaging of complex structure of kidneys

Medical Xpress: Radiology

A research team at POSTECH (Pohang University of Science and Technology) has investigated kidney diseases using ultrafast ultrasound that captures 1,000 images in just one second.

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Philips Extends Leadership in Virtually Helium-free MRI With More Than 1,000 Systems Installed, Expanding Patient Access Worldwide

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Wed, 02/28/2024 - 19:52 February 28, 2024 — Royal Philips , a global leader in health technology, today announced a significant milestone as it expands access to virtually helium-free [1] MRI to more patients in more places, with more than 1,000 systems now installed worldwide. As healthcare providers strive to deliver high-quality care to patients, at #ECR2024 Philips is partnering with its customers to improve productivity and access to more sustainable healthcare.

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Bullied children are at risk of developing psychotic disorders

Health Imaging

Researchers at the University of Tokyo found bullied adolescents had lower levels of regulatory neurotransmitters in the brain.

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Pre-Hospital Antibiotics in Sepsis?

REBEL EM

Background: Sepsis remains one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality. It is well-established that earlier recognition and treatment can lead to better outcome for these patients . Time to antibiotic therapy (from triage, not from onset of infection) has become a quality metric to improve the time to administration of these medications. In an effort to administer antibiotics earlier, many studies have attempted to give antibiotics in the prehospital setting but the benefit of this int

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Regulatory Issues Facing Radiology Groups In 2024

Healthcare Administrative Partners

We pay a lot of attention to government regulation in healthcare, especially the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) that influences reimbursement not only from Medicare, but also from other payers since many commercial contracts are tied to the MPFS. Although it is the object of most focus, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ( CMS ) is not the only agency that regulates healthcare.

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Study Examines Links Between Mammography Screening, Breast Cancer and Unmet Social Needs

Diagnostic Imaging

Women with an increasing number of unmet social needs were 26 percent less likely to have mammography screening, according to a recent study of over 300 women with breast cancer.

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Radiation oncology leaders talk Medicare payment reform

AuntMinnie

Radiation oncology organizations have come together in an effort to reform Medicare payments for radiation therapy services. The organizations include the American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO), the American College of Radiology (ACR), the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The alliance comes in the wake of cuts to Medicare payments for radiation therapy services, which the organizations say threatens patient access to ca

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Senators press congressional leaders to address radiologist Medicare pay cut

Radiology Business

“After three consecutive years of Medicare payment reductions, healthcare providers are at a breaking point," 32 bipartisan members of the Senate wrote recently.

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Theranostics Bridging Diagnostics and Therapy for Targeted Treatment

Open Medscience

Theranostics merges diagnostics and therapy, revolutionising personalised medicine with genetic profiling and targeted treatment strategies. The post Theranostics Bridging Diagnostics and Therapy for Targeted Treatment appeared first on Open Medscience.

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Celebrating National Mentoring Month in January: Excellence in Faculty Mentoring for Radiologists and Imaging Scientists

UCSF Biomedical Imaging

The UCSF Radiology and Biomedical Imaging department celebrates National Mentoring Month in January, highlighting the department's formal mentoring program, managed by the Academic Affairs team, aiming to demystify the academic process for junior faculty members and ensure that they are well-supported in meeting their career goals.

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Novel technique has potential to transform breast cancer detection

ScienceDaily

An innovative breast imaging technique provides high sensitivity for detecting cancer while significantly reducing the likelihood of false positive results. Researchers said the technique has the potential to offer more reliable breast cancer screening for a broader range of patients.

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Novel technique has potential to transform breast cancer detection

Medical Xpress: Radiology

An innovative breast imaging technique provides high sensitivity for detecting cancer while significantly reducing the likelihood of false positive results, according to a study published in Radiology: Imaging Cancer. Researchers said the technique has the potential to offer more reliable breast cancer screening for a broader range of patients.

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Philips Launches New Azurion Neuro Biplane System at #ECR2024 to Speed Up and Improve Minimally Invasive Diagnosis and Treatment of Neurovascular Patients

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Wed, 02/28/2024 - 19:59 February 28, 2024 — Royal Philips , a global leader in health technology, announced major enhancements to its Image Guided Therapy System – Azurion – with the launch of its new Azurion neuro biplane system. Designed to improve productivity and help care teams make the right decisions faster, treat more patients, and achieve better outcomes, the new interventional system features enhanced 2D and 3D imaging and X-ray detector positioning flexibility.

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RSNA-sponsored imaging informatics course returns for 2024

Health Imaging

The National Imaging Informatics Course is designed for fourth-year radiology residents, but is also relevant to any mid- or senior-level professional working with image data.

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REBEL Cast Ep123: Reduced-Dose Systemic Peripheral Alteplase in Massive PE?

REBEL EM

Background: Massive pulmonary embolism defined as sustained hypotension (SBP <90mmHg) has a high mortality which is why early recognition and thrombolytic therapy is typically recommended (AHA Class IIA; ESC Class IB) [1]. However, full-dose thrombolytic therapy (Alteplase 100mg (IV) is associated with an increase in bleeding [2]. Because the lungs receive 100% of cardiac output, it has been hypothesized that a lower dose of thrombolytic therapy may still be effective with a better safety

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MRI Research Suggests Link Between COVID-19 Related Brain Fog and Blood-Brain Barrier Dysfunction

Diagnostic Imaging

For people with COVID-19 related brain fog, emerging dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI) research findings revealed blood-brain barrier disruption in multiple brain regions, including temporal lobes and the frontal cortex, up to a year after active infection.

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