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Why did the Swiss Medical Board recommend that no new mammography screening programs be introduced and that existing programs be time-limited? Two members of the expert panel that advised the board explained their reasoning in an article published online last week in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).

They admit that the report, dated December 15, 2013, and made public on … read more »

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A former radiologic technician pleaded guilty on Tuesday to faking 1,289 mammogram results, four years after her arrest shocked the small town of Perry, Georgia.

Rachael Michelle Rapraeger, 33, of Macon, Georgia, accepted a plea agreement in Houston County Superior Court, according to the Telegraph newspaper of Macon. She had been indicted on 10 felony counts of computer forgery and 10 … read more »

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A radiologic technologist is suing Shriners Hospitals for Children—Philadelphia, saying that because of age discrimination, she lost her job and wasn’t considered for a permanent position.

The lawsuit was filed on March 28 in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania Record, a legal journal, reported on it earlier this month.

The suit alleges that the Shriners radiology manager, identified as William Roman, … read more »

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Regular mammography screening for women older than 69 probably leads to overdiagnosis and overtreatment without any significant benefit, according to a study in the Netherlands.

Gerrit-Jan Liefers, MD, PhD, presented the results of the research last month at the European Breast Cancer Conference in Glasgow, Scotland. Dr. Liefers is a surgical encologist and head of the geriatric oncology research group at … read more »

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A lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court claims that a mammography supervisor was forced out of her job after she caught a technologist falsifying records.

Courthouse News Service reported that Rhonda Rowley sued The Permanente Medical Group, doing business as Kaiser Permanente, and her former supervisor, Rebecca Grant. The lawsuit makes accusations of wrongful termination, constructive termination (i.e., employer … read more »

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Did the emergence of appropriate use criteria for imaging help bring about the downfall of—or at least a sharp decline in—nuclear myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI)?

A research letter in JAMA last week reported that, “After increasing from 2000 to 2006, MPI abruptly declined through 2011.” Why? The letter didn’t really come up with an answer.

The researchers studied the rise and fall of MPI … read more »

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Hey, you realize that government regulators are deliberately keeping people from getting natural cures for cancer and other diseases—cures that really work—in order to protect the profits of drug companies, right? Everybody knows it’s true.

Well, maybe not everybody. But 37 percent of Americans do believe that conspiracy theory, according to research published online last month in JAMA Internal Medicine. Only 32 … read more »

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Health insurers should provide financial incentives for physicians to try ultrasound imaging first, before they think about other imaging modalities, according to Kevin M. Goodwin.

Of course, Goodwin may be a bit biased. He’s president and chief executive officer of SonoSite, which makes point-of-care ultrasound equipment. SonoSite has been one of the main drivers behind the American Institute of Ultrasound In … read more »

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In a federal lawsuit, a former Marine who once scheduled radiology appointments at a Veterans Affairs office in Los Angeles says he lost his job because of his complaints about the purging of backlogged orders for imaging tests.

The amended lawsuit was filed last week in U.S. District Court in California, according to the Coalition for Change, a nonprofit organization created … read more »

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Medically unnecessary CT and MRI head scans of headache patients cost the U.S. health care system hundreds of millions of dollars a year, according to a new study published online Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.

The researchers counted 51.1 million adult patient visits to physicians for headaches from 2007 through 2010, nearly half of them for migraines. Of those visits, 12.4 percent … read more »

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