As medical imaging has risen from a radiology-specific concern to an enterprisewide need, hospitals have had to adjust to the increasing demand for images, although making that adjustment is no easy feat.
Ready, Set … Slow
While insurance coverage for low-dose CT lung cancer screening has opened the gates, many imaging professionals believe that the number of patients who actually get screened will be well below the 7 to 10 million people now eligible. However, these professionals remain optimistic that there will be a gradual increase in the number of patients screened in coming years.
Prostatic Artery Embolization
Clinical trials are expanding as IR researchers investigate outcomes, patient selection, and the economics of this investigational alternative to surgery for enlarged prostates.
Three Scan Rule
Based on recent positive findings, researchers are questioning the 2013 decision by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to cover only three posttherapy follow-up FDG PET/CT scans per patient and per tumor type, including lung cancer.