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Time inevitably brings change. More than six and a half years after Radiology Daily began, this is the final post. Don’t worry! Launching next month will be a free, time-saving monthly e-newsletter, Oakstone’s new Highlights in Radiology. Here’s a taste of what you’ll get:

Insights from respected colleagues in the field of radiology and diagnostic imaging
Physician reviews of—and commentary on—radiology-related articles from … read more »

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A health-insurance company’s “price transparency program” succeeded in driving insured patients to less-expensive MRI facilities and away from hospital-based facilities, according to an article in the current edition of Health Affairs.

The insurer was WellPoint. One of its subsidiaries commissioned the study, and another conducted it. The study looked at more than 100,000 members of WellPoint health plans from 2010 through 2012. … read more »

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The surprisingly rapid spread of digital breast tomosynthesis, also known as 3-D mammography, may be an unintended—but beneficial—consequence of hospital consolidation.

Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is costly, partly because one manufacturer, Hologic, has the U.S. market to itself (although it will likely soon have competition from GE and Siemens, which sell 3-D mammography systems in Europe). A large, consolidated health care … read more »

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Go big or stay small? Two New Jersey radiology practices found a third way: joining in a partnership that allows them to remain independent but work cooperatively and maximize the amount of today’s hottest commodity in business—data.

The practices are Advanced Radiology Solutions of Toms River and Navesink Radiology of Red Bank. “We were all looking to maintain our independence while … read more »

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Big price increases for two radiotracers have led imaging facilities to look for alternatives, with at least some success. The tracers are used in ventilation/perfusion scans of patients with suspected pulmonary embolism.

As we reported in May, Jubilant DraxImage of Montreal increased the prices of macroaggregated albumin (MAA) and diethylenetriamine pentaacetate (DTPA). The company is the sole North American manufacturer of both. … read more »

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Two new studies look at imaging-related lessons from the April 2013 terrorist bombing attack during the Boston Marathon—one of interest to post-traumatic stress disorder researchers, and the other of concern primarily to radiologists and the institutions where they practice.

The bombing presented an unanticipated opportunity for a group of researchers who had performed functional MRI brain scans on Boston-area teenagers for … read more »

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New technologies, such as digital mammography and computer-aided detection, are being used for breast cancer screening of Medicare patients. They’re costing more, but they’re not finding cancers earlier.
That’s the conclusion of a new study led by Yale School of Medicine researchers, using data from the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program. The researchers determined that mammography … read more »

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State regulation of radiologic technologists has “little impact on public health and safety” and should be abolished, according to a staff report of an agency of the Texas Legislature.

Christine Lung, vice president of government relations and public policy for the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, begs to differ:
Everyone knows that radiation is a carcinogen. If performed incorrectly, it’s a direct … read more »

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Knowing patients’ risk profiles can make radiologists’ readings of screening mammograms more accurate—depending on whether the profile information is given the proper weight and delivered at the proper time.

That’s the conclusion of research presented at a conference last week by Mehmet U. S. Ayvaci, PhD, assistant professor of information systems and operations management at the Naveen Jindal School of Management at … read more »

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A new algorithm greatly reduces radiation exposure from chest CT scans, making it a good choice for screening people who have been exposed to asbestos … except for a possible problem with what researchers called the “unusual appearance” of the images.

Chest CT is often used for lung cancer screening of asbestos-exposed subjects. But it exposes patients to higher radiation doses … read more »

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