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Obstetric Ultrasound

Obstetric ultrasound, also called fetal ultrasound or fetal sonography, is a routine, non-invasive test that does not use ionizing radiation, as is used in x-rays. Obstetric ultrasound, commonly known as baby ultrasound or pregnancy ultrasound, provides pictures of an embryo or fetus within a woman’s uterus.

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A federal judge has blocked a big health-care merger in Idaho on the grounds that it would likely increase prices for imaging, among other services—even though he said it also would likely improve patient outcomes.

U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill in January blocked the merger of Boise-based St. Luke’s Health System, the state’s only nonprofit health system, and Nampa-based Saltzer Medical … read more »

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Health information exchanges will cut back—way back—on duplicative imaging for patients who make repeat visits to emergency rooms, suggests a study published online last month in Medical Care.

University of Michigan researchers looked at the rates of repeat scans for patients who went to two different, unaffiliated emergency departments within 30 days. When both visits were at hospitals that shared information via … read more »

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A Kansas radiologist and the former chief administrator of the radiology department at Brooke Army Medical Center plan to plead guilty Thursday to rigging $8 million in military contracts, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

Heidi Lynn Webster, MD, 50, of Manhattan, Kansas, and retired Army Master Sergeant Lawrence Peter Fenti, 42, of New Braunfels, Texas, have signed plea deals admitting that … read more »

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North Star Radiology in Fairbanks, Alaska, has filed for a state certificate of need—more than two years after it opened.

The clinic’s owners hadn’t previously filed because they didn’t think they needed to, according to the online news site Alaska Dispatch, which is based in Anchorage. They still don’t think so, Alaska Dispatch reported Monday. However, said Mark Tournie, an administrator for the … read more »

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How can companies cut expenses? According to Florida hotelier Harris Rosen, by taking health care into their own hands.

Twenty-four years ago, Rosen had some extra office space. He used it to save, by his reckoning, $240 million—and counting. He told Marni Jameson of the Orlando Sentinel newspaper what happened:
When I suggested a primary care clinic, you’d have thought I’d climbed to the … read more »

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It’s not exactly a case of “come back; all is forgiven.” But the announcement Tuesday that Sutter Health, a Northern California health system based in Sacramento, was buying Radiological Associates of Sacramento did seem analogous to a bitterly divorced couple’s learning that they really were perfect for each other after all.

Sutter Health’s Tom Blinn described the wooing back of a once-scorned … read more »

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What do you do when the patient won’t fit in the scanner?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that more than one third of American adults are obese—and that, since 1990, the percentage has undergone a “dramatic increase.” HealthImaging on Thursday published a thoughtful exploration of the challenges that America’s increasing heft presents for radiologists (although it undercut the thoughtfulness … read more »

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Current trends in Massachusetts do not bode well for radiologists.

The Boston Business Journal last week looked at the effect of the state’s 2006 health-care reform on health care jobs. (You can find the article here; a subscription is required. For a DOTmed News look at the article’s findings, click here.)

The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, largely followed the Massachusetts model. The BBJread more »

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California’s attorney general on Thursday filed a broad lawsuit against a for-profit college company, accusing it among other things of advertising radiology-related courses that it actually doesn’t offer.

The lawsuit targets Corinthian Colleges Inc. (CCI), based in Santa Ana, California. The company’s Web site says it operates more than 111 U.S. and Canadian campuses with more than 81,300 students. “Our campuses offer … read more »

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“Radiology is top choice for aspiring doctors,” reads the headline on a story published Sunday in the Times of India.

Why is radiology the most popular specialty among medical students in India? Money—at least if radiologists are able to run their own clinics, the story says:
Senior radiologists emphasize that in a salaried position, radiologists would never be able to recover their investment. But … read more »

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