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December 2012

FEATURES

Meaningless Use
If you submit a paper to Radiology that uses the term “low dose,” it’s not likely to be accepted. Learn why the journal has targeted the term for extinction.

Radiology Today Interview: Reporting CT Dose
Radiology Today interviewed Ascendian President and CEO Shawn McKenzie on the ramifications of the law in California that requires radiation dose reporting.

ASTRO Reporter’s Notebook
ASTRO visited Boston in late October. Take a look at some of the interesting research presented at the meeting.

Automated Breast Ultrasound
Recently approved for screening, U-Systems’ ABUS finds cancers and reduces operator variability. While unsettled, reimbursement concerns seem headed in the right direction.

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Note
Dose Specifics

Imaging Informatics
Measuring Quality to Improve Imaging Care

On the Case

MRI Monitor
Technique Could Reduce Breast Biopsies; When MRE Can Replace CT for Kids With Crohn’s; Imaging Early-Stage Coronary Disease With MRI

Radiology Billing and Coding
Eight Common Reimbursement Leaks

Target on Therapy
Risk Markers Associated With ED After Radiation; Low Use of Active Surveillance for Low-Risk Prostate Cancer

Women’s Imaging News
Positive Identification

Radiography News
Mobile X-Ray Is Moving to Direct DR

Products and Services

News Scan

RSNA Product & Service Showcase

Datebook

Second Opinions

 


 

November 2012

FEATURES

Are Your Orders in Good Order?
An expert answers common questions about obtaining proper exam orders.

How to Build a Busy PAD Practice
The ranks of patients with peripheral artery disease are expected to grow, due partly to the obesity epidemic and an aging population. According to some in the industry, this presents a great opportunity for interventional radiologists interested in diagnosing and triaging these patients.

Mammography Information Systems
Breast imagers face the dual challenge of keeping up with regulations while improving workflow.

Technology Update CR — A Changing Role
Direct digital radiography is expanding, but CR has not left the building.

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Note
Putting Patients First

Imaging Informatics
Scanned (and Useful) Documents

Managing to Succeed
Focus on the Patient Experience

Radiology Apps
Image Sharing and Productivity Tools

Radiology Billing and Coding
How to Benefit From Medicare Denials

Molecular Imaging News
PET/CT of Lymph Nodes May Predict Breast Cancer Recurrence; SPECT/CT Helps in Detecting Melanoma Metastasis; Imaging Agent Aids Endocarditis Diagnosis

CT Slice
Study Suggests CT Can Predict Worsening COPD; CCTA Benefit for Midrisk Cardiac Patients

On the Case

Products and Services

News Scan

Product & Service Showcase

Datebook

Second Opinions

October 2012

FEATURES

Rule Out Scans
Three new studies support the use of CT scans for low-risk patients presenting with chest pain. Not everyone agrees, but doctors are exploring how to best use the tool.

Characterizing Lesions
Dual-energy CT is providing a new view in oncology imaging.

Vendor-Neutral Archives: Consider a Step-by-Step Approach
The benefits of a vendor-neutral archive come at a cost. Experts in the field offer a  stepped approach to help budget-challenged facilities make the transition.

Managing Monitors for Digital Mammography
Interpreting mammography requires the highest resolution display of routine exams. Making sure the display does its job so the radiologists can do theirs is an ongoing effort.

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Note
Tools and Carpenters

Imaging Informatics
Image Exchange Down Under

On the Case

MRI Monitor
Leukoaraiosis Alters Seniors’ Brain Function; Early MRI After Back Injury Shows Little Value

Radiology Billing and Coding
What Is NLP Anyway?

Women’s Imaging News
Radiation Now, No Mastectomy Later?; BRCA Carriers Could See Extra Radiation Risk

Products and Services

Target on Therapy
Urology Self-Referral Extended Patient Travel Time

Product & Service Showcase

News Scan

Datebook

Second Opinions


September 2012

FEATURES

Are You Ready for Intense Price Competition?
Brian Klepper, PhD, said in his AHRA keynote address that new, intense competition on price and margin is the future of radiology.

Headed for Divorce?
Some see a trend toward separate IR and diagnostic practices in radiology’s future.

Taking the ‘A’ Out of PACS
Vendor-neutral archiving shifts control of data from vendor to facility and from radiology to IT.

2012 Annual Buyers’ Guide
Don’t miss our annual directory of the latest imaging products and services.

September Product & Service Showcase

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Note
To IR or Not to IR? That Is the Question

Imaging Informatics
Reach for the Clouds

On the Case

Radiology Apps
Reference Tools

Radiology Billing and Coding
Four ICD-10-CM Documentation Tips

Interventional News
Radial Catheterization

Products and Services

News Scan

Datebook

Second Opinions


August 2012

FEATURES

SNMMI Reporter’s Notebook
Nuclear medicine news from the society’s recent annual meeting in Miami

Administrative Challenges in Radiology
A Radiology Today interview with incoming AHRA president Carlos Vasquez, MSM, RT(R), CRA, FAHRA

Penguin Anatomy
Veterinarians at Brookfield Zoo in Chicago are utilizing 3D reconstructions and ultrasound technologies to produce new perspectives on the creatures in their keep.

Breast Density Notification
Considered both helpful and confusing for patients, notification laws are expanding across the nation.

Product & Service Showcase

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Note
Challenging Times in Imaging

Imaging Informatics
Meaningful Use Stage 2 Acknowledges Imaging

On the Case

Molecular Imaging News
SNM Votes to Change Name; Power of PET/CT for Esophageal Cancer Staging

MRI Monitor
MRI Might Help Diagnose Concussion

Radiology Billing and Coding
Proper Modifiers Maximize Reimbursement

Managing to Succeed
Curbing the Threat of Corporate Takeover

Women’s Imaging News
DCIS Treatment Time Could Be Cut in Half; Fewer Younger Women Seek Screening Under New Guidelines

Products and Services

Datebook

Second Opinions


July 2012

FEATURES

Technology Update: DR

Securing Films and Files
Whether it’s from thieves intent on stealing X-ray films for silver or from other, digital threats, radiology departments must take steps to protect patient information.

Angioplasty and MS Update
The FDA’s recent alert on adverse events underscores the need for controlled studies on the CCSVI theory’s risks and benefits.

Product & Service Showcase

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Note
The Irresistible Force?

Imaging Informatics
Making CPOE Work

On the Case

Radiology Billing and Coding
Five Tips for Better Coding

Managing to Succeed
Combating Commoditization

Interventional Update
Ultrasound Effective for EVAR Follow-Up

News Scan

Products and Services

Datebook


June 2012

FEATURES

Choosing Wisely
The ACR has joined the American Board of Internal Medicine-led Choosing Wisely campaign to reduce unnecessary care, reduce patient dose, and help curb healthcare costs.

ARRS Reporter’s Notebook
A compilation of what’s new and noteworthy from the American Roentgen Ray Society’s annual meeting in May

Overdiagnosis & Mammography
A new study finds overdiagnosis with increased screening, but there’s no way to determine which tumors do not need to be treated.

Summer Product & Service Showcase

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Note
Overdiagnosis and Mammography

Radiology Billing and Coding
Radiology Coding Refresher

Imaging Informatics
Separate Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plans Make Sense

Radiology Apps
Meaningful Use Help and Two Viewers

On the Case

CT Slice
Study Shows Reliance on CT for Kids in Emergency Care; Cost-Effectiveness of CT Lung Cancer Screening

MRI Monitor
Predicting Progress of Dementias With MRI; Insights Into How Combat Sports Affect Memory

Women’s Imaging News
Long-Term Effects of Breast Cancer Therapies

Products and Services

News Scan

Datebook

Second Opinions


May 2012

FEATURES

Technology Update: PET
In addition to providing a foundation on which to build hybrid technology, recent PET advancements focus on cardiology, neurology, and oncology.

What Radiologists Should Do About the ICD-10 Delay
Radiology Today recently spoke with Don Rodden, president of the Healthcare Billing and Management Association, to learn his thoughts on how radiologists should prepare for ICD-10.

Angioplasty for Multiple Sclerosis
Investigators discussed research about the controversial treatment at the Society of Interventional Radiology’s annual meeting in March.

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Note
Angioplasty, MS, Hope, and Science

Imaging Informatics
SIIM to Host Open Source Plug Fest

Target on Therapy
IMRT Offers Reduced Side Effects in Study; Radiation Benefit for Breast Cancer Subtype Questioned

MRI Monitor
MRI to Join CT in Detecting Pulmonary Embolism?; MRI Perfusion Imaging Guides Glioma Treatment

Radiology Billing and Coding
Role of Radiology Extenders

On the Case

Interventional Update
Aggressive DVT Treatment Reduces PTS in Study; Hicks Begins Term as SIR President

Products and Services

Imaging Informatics and IT Buyers’ Guide

CT Slice
CT Lung Screenings Mostly Found Stage 1 Cancers; CCTA Safe for Evaluating ED Chest Pain Patients

Product & Service Showcase

Datebook

Second Opinions


April 2012

FEATURES

Moving From CR to DR
Imaging directors share why their organization made the change.

Chair vs. Chair
When it comes to workplace ergonomics, radiologists are becoming the patients, with job-related musculoskeletal injuries on the rise. The right chair—with the right training—can help.

EHR Meaningful Use Certification
One vendor details its process in getting its EHR MU certified as well as what the stage 1 requirements mean for radiologists.

Postcards From San Francisco
SIR 2012 hit the streets of San Francisco for the society’s annual meeting. Read our coverage of some of the key presentations.

Spring Product & Service Showcase

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Note
The Patient/Consumer Relationship

Imaging Informatics
Clinical Information Life Cycle Management

MRI Monitor
Long Time in Space May Cause Eye Changes

Radiology Billing and Coding
What’s New in Financial Systems

On the Case

CT Slice
CTC an Effective Screening Option for 65-Plus Crowd; Support for Medicare Coverage of Virtual Colonoscopy Grows

Managing to Succeed
Talk About Your Relationship

Interventional Update
Freezing Breast Cancer Metastases

Women’s Imaging News
Are Mammography-Detected Breast Cancers Easier to Treat?; Breast Cancer Survivors Often Have Poor Health Habits; Regular Fish Consumption May Mean Fewer Polyps

Products and Services

News Scan

Datebook

Second Opinions


March 2012

FEATURES

Hospital Employment — Can It Work for Radiologists?
It’s starting to happen more often. Experts share tips on how to make it work.

Virtual Colonoscopy: Turf War and Peace
At a Wisconsin healthcare system, radiologists and gastroenterologists are setting aside sometimes differing viewpoints on colon cancer screening techniques to increase screening rates in a team effort.

Is Your ‘Chain of Trust’ Strong?
Your HIPAA protection isn’t complete without strong business associate agreements.

Practice Makes…
While not perfect, simulation-based training has value in radiology instruction, particularly for interventional radiology.

IR Product & Service Showcase

Departments

Editor’s Note
Hospitals Employing Radiologists

Imaging Informatics
Is It Time to Rethink Your Archive Plan?

Radiology Billing and Coding
Dealing With ICD-10

On the Case

Research Review
Early Results From ‘Adaptive’ Radiation Therapy Trial; Nanotube Ablation May Treat Breast Cancer With Laser

Target on Therapy
Study Revisits Brachytherapy for High-Risk Prostate Cancer; Head and Neck Cancer Patients Choose IMRT for Quality of Life

Interventional Update
Study Finds DVT Catheterization Safe in Pregnancy; Study Examines Embolization for Recurrent Nosebleed; Can Angioplasty Improve MS Symptoms?

MRI Monitor
Presurgery Prostate MRI Changes Treatment Course; Molecular Brain Markers Gauge Tumor Recurrence

Datebook

Second Opinions


February 2012

FEATURES

Partly Cloudy
Cloud technologies are becoming more familiar to consumers and radiologists alike. Radiology Today spoke with three imaging organizations for their experience with the cloud in relation to image sharing and storage solutions.

MRI’s Open Market
More hospitals are opting for open MRI units as they see quality and patient comfort improvements.

Technology Update: CT
The newest CT offerings focus on reduced dose management, faster diagnosis, and more efficient workflow.

Getting Specific
Breast-specific gamma imaging seeks to speed diagnosis and reduce false-positives.

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Note
The First MPPR Rule of Fight Club

Imaging Informatics
In CAD We Trust?

Radiology Billing and Coding
Five Trends That Will Increasingly Affect Revenue

Imaging and Cancer
Contouring Tool Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance; Cryo Extends Lives in Ovarian Cancer Study

On the Case

News Scan

Technology Trends
Contrast-Enhanced Spectral Mammography

Women’s Imaging News
MRI Reconstruction May Predict Difficult Labor and Delivery; Study: Family History Doesn’t Lead to More Breast Cancers

Second Opinions

Ultrasound News

Datebook


January 2012

FEATURES

Technology Update: MRI
Vendors focus on patient-friendly characteristics while maintaining image quality in the newest MR offerings.

5 Things to Watch in 2012
The traditional radiology model of a contract with a private radiology group augmented by preliminary reads on nights and weekends is increasingly facing challenges from different practice models.

RSNA Reporter’s Notebook
The neurologic impact of soccer’s ‘heading,’ what CTs have to say about Stradivarius violins, and other news from November’s annual meeting.

Hooking the Public on Healthcare IT
The ONC’s new program aims to engage consumers and increase the public’s use of healthcare IT tools. Image sharing is just part of a larger picture.

IR Benchmarking — Keeping Up With the Dr Joneses
Software can help interventional radiologists share anonymized practice data to assess performance.

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Note
Serious and Silly

Imaging Informatics
There’s an App for That

On the Case

CT Slice
CT Improved Gout Detection in Study; Lung Cancer Screening Catches Smokers’ COPD

Radiology Coding
A Look at Coding in the Year Ahead

Guest Commentary
Measuring and Tracking Dose: A Call to Action

Research Review
Have the Fish to Improve Your Brain Health; fMRI May Improve ADHD Diagnosis; fMRI Maps Brain Function Changes From Violent Video Game Play

Interventional Update
IVC Filter Study Data Supports Current Guidelines

Products and Services

News Scan

Winter Product Showcase

Datebook

Second Opinions