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December 2016

Features

Virtual Radiology
A California company has developed software that enables radiologists, interventional and pediatric cardiologists, and other surgical specialists to actually see their patients' anatomy in open 3D space. This technology could have far-reaching effects in both practice and education.

A New Landscape
Using functional MRI, researchers have recently made incredible strides in mapping the human brain in the hope that they will uncover information regarding brain connectivity, its relationship to behavior, and areas where certain disorders and disease may be observed.

Watson Joins the Digital Health Record Mix
As the use and implementation of artificial intelligence has begun creeping into radiology, IBM's Watson could end up leading the way.

Distributive Properties
Small- and medium-sized institutions across the country face a similar dilemma: How can they take advantage of the technology advances driving modern radiology as the price of entry keeps rising? To achieve this goal, teleradiology has moved beyond moving images and data around on a network to become something more comprehensive: distributed radiology services.

departments

Editor's Note
What's Hot and What's Next?

On the Case

Radiology Billing and Coding
CPT 2017 Updates for Radiology

Ultrasound News
Point/Counterpoint

Product & Service Showcase

Reporter's Notebook
News From ASTRO 2016

Datebook

Second Opinions

November 2016

Features

Special Delivery
Mobile stroke units have managed to successfully shave precious minutes off the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients, leading to a reduction of morbidity and mortality and an increase in patients who are able to leave the hospital fully functional.

No Place Like Home
As the population ages, traveling to imaging centers and hospitals becomes more difficult for many. As a result, the use of mobile and at-home X-rays has grown in popularity.

In the Palm of Your Hand
Manufacturers are bringing smart devices into the ultrasound equation.

Don't Let BYOD Become OMG
Managing data collected and read on mobile devices has become a big challenge.

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Editor's Note
The Mobile Issue

Imaging Informatics
Decentralized Data

Nuclear Medicine News
Taking PET for a Walk

Inside View
Standing Out in the Crowd

Radiology Billing and Coding
Radiology Billing: In-House or Outsource?

CT Slice
Radiology Gone Wild

On the Case

News Scan

Product and Service Showcase

Datebook

Second Opinions

October 2016

Features

Setting the Pace
MRI has become more widely used in recent years, including in the segment of the population that has implanted cardiac devices. As a result, extra safety precautions must be taken.

Addressing Mammography's Prior Problem
The importance of prior studies for comparison in mammography reading is no secret to breast imagers, but limited resources and lack of knowledge often limit access to previous images.

Environmental Concerns
Ergonomically designed reading rooms can help improve the flow and quality of work, but many radiologists are still, for a variety of reasons, working in subpar rooms.

Seeking Clarity
Radiologists still debate which modality provides the clearest view through the white cloud of dense breast tissue, but the early results of molecular breast imaging show promise.

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Editor's Note
Increase Your Awareness

Radiology Billing and Coding
ICD-10 Aftereffects Taking Shape

Group Practice
Hot Topics in Health Law

Imaging Informatics
Facilitating Follow-Up

On the Case

Fall Product & Service Showcase

News Scan

Datebook

Second Opinions

September 2016

Features

A Closer Look at Concussions
Although the long-term effects of concussions are still contested, researchers continue to look into how to more accurately diagnose the brain injuries, even when the patient does not display symptoms.

Emerging Trends in Prostate Cancer Imaging
While PET/CT remains the standard for diagnosing prostate cancer, new modalities are starting to gain traction in both diagnosis and treatment.

Radiological Reads
Best-selling medical author Carolyn Jourdan, JD, speaks with Radiology Today about her career path and her time shadowing radiologists to gather research for her books.

Where Are We With XR-29?
Imaging departments are adapting to the mandate, but questions persist.

2016 Annual Buyers' Guide
Don't miss our annual directory of the latest imaging products and services.

departments

Editor's Note
Risky Proposition?

Imaging Informatics
Toward Full Access to Patient Records

Radiology Billing and Coding
Radioembolization Reimbursement

Interventional Update
A New Twist

Products & Services

Second Opinions

Datebook

August 2016

Features

Radiology in 3D
Medical 3D printing is growing exponentially in popularity and radiologists are currently at the forefront of the movement, but they must work to remain heavily involved in the process.

A Question of Control
Within all aspects of radiology, taking steps to prevent the transmission of health care–associated infections will safeguard patients and workers, as well as the field's reputation regarding infection control and safety issues.

What's Your Plan?
HIPAA requires all health care providers to have a disaster recovery plan in place, and for radiologists, that can mean anything from offsite data storage to storing information in the cloud and everything in between.

The State of CR Affairs
Recent legislation that alters the way CR reimbursement will function will likely officially close the book on the use of CR.

departments

Editor's Note
SIIM-ple Tasks

Managing to Succeed
Survey Says …

Imaging Informatics
The Shape of Things to Come

CT Slice
Same Scan, Different Way

Ultrasound News
Shear Wave Elastography

Reporter's Notebook
SNMMI 2016

MRI Monitor

Product and Service Showcase

Datebook

On the Case

Second Opinions

July 2016

Features

Reengineering Workflow
Many experts agree that quick fixes and short-term solutions to improve the efficiency of a radiology department are unwise and could have negative long-term financial consequences.

Worth the Wait?
While changes to reimbursement for mammograms based on recommendations by the US Preventive Services Task Force loom, the industry remains divided as to the appropriate timetable for breast screening.

Gadolinium on the Brain
Gadolinium enhances the quality of MRI by altering the magnetic properties of water molecules that are nearby in the body and is widely believed to be safe. However, recent studies have found there may be negative long-term consequences in some instances.

The Buzz in DR
Over the past decade, facilities have switched from film and CR to DR, and industry insiders believe that trend will continue.

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Editor's Note
Bias vs Context

Imaging Informatics
MACRA Economics

Managing to Succeed
Radiology Succession Planning

Interventional News

Special Product & Service Showcase

Second Opinions

Datebook

June 2016

Features

What's Next for MRgFUS?
As the use of MR-guided focused ultrasound becomes more widespread, researchers and developers have begun to look into more uses for the technology, including, most recently, to treat uterine fibroids in women who wish to preserve fertility and to provide pain relief for patients with bone metastases. Still, reimbursement questions linger.

Reporter's Notebook: SIR 2016
Read about the latest research findings presented at the conference.

A Wider Umbrella for Cloud VNA
Cloud-based vendor neutral archives are enabling more than just data storage.

A Bigger Slice for PET/CT?
Several manufacturers have been working to expand their PET/CT offerings and utilizing new technology that is helping doctors and patients alike.

departments

Editor's Note
An Unwritten Ending

Radiology Billing and Coding
Coding for CT Imaging of the Abdomen and Pelvis

Imaging Informatics
In Your Back Pocket

Product & Service Showcase

CT Slice

On the Case

Datebook

Second Opinions

May 2016

Features

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Paging HAL
As the uses and abilities of artificial intelligence continue to improve and advance, radiologists have begun to speculate on how the technology may affect their industry in the near future.

Aiming Higher
New standards announced by The Joint Commission earlier this year have placed a greater emphasis on the safety of CT patients and on those technologists that perform the scans.

Entering the Mainstream
While it has been an option for more than a decade, using radioembolization to treat two types of liver cancer has become more common in recent years.

Front- vs Back-End Speech Recognition: Which Fits Better?
Health care organizations must take into account several factors before making the leap.

departments

Editor's Note
Timely Innovation

Imaging Informatics
Don't Put Off CDS

Radiology Billing and Coding
It's All in Your Head

Guest Commentary
Changing Your Behavior

On the Case

Second Opinions

April 2016

Features

All in One
Manufacturers have begun to release a line of multipurpose imaging systems that aim to better utilize space and increase efficiency in a variety of imaging centers.

Pediatric Imaging Today
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia recently expanded to a $65 million, 135,000-square-foot Specialty Care and Ambulatory Surgery Center in the suburbs of Philadelphia. The new facility showcases the cutting edge of pediatric imaging and care technology.

What's Next in CT Technology
Influenced by several factors, the use of CT imaging continues to expand and evolve.

ICD-10 Transition
While many radiology practices have yet to feel any great negative impact as a result of the switch to ICD-10, the grace period extended by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should not be used as an excuse for practices and radiologists to ignore any current coding issues that could eventually result in denials.

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Editor's Note
A Brief Introduction 

MRI Monitor

Imaging Informatics
Integrating EMR Data Into Radiology Practice

Product & Service Showcase

News Scan

Products and Services

Datebook

On the Case

Second Opinions

March 2016

Features

IR Cost Analysis
Until recently, most interventional radiologists—like most of their physician colleagues—were not very interested in or concerned about the cost of providing their services. However, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act enacted in 2010 and other health care market reforms have changed that, as government and private payers are exploring new systems of health care delivery and payment that reward coordination of care while minimizing resource use.

Developing Thermal Ablation
Interventional radiologists are working to develop better data and expand the use of ablative procedures to treat stage 1 non small cell lung cancer in patients who are not candidates for surgery.

Contrasting Views
With FDA approval for the use of contrast-enhanced ultrasound limited to echocardiography, physicians and radiologists in the United States are turning to "off-label" uses to come up with clearer views of more than just a patient's heart.

C-Arm Choice
When a facility considers adding C-arm equipment, consideration must be given to cost, space, and the frequency that the equipment will get used.

departments

Editor's Note
JIM KNAUB: 1961-2016

Guest Commentary
Improving Automation in Image Management

Radiology Billing and Coding
Strategies for Unlisted Procedures

Imaging Informatics
Building Better Decisions

Product & Service Showcase

Women's Imaging News
New Studies Evaluate Breast Cancer Screening

Datebook

On the Case

Second Opinions

February 2016

Features

Go With the Flow
Using cardiac CT myocardial perfusion as an alternative to SPECT is not a new concept; however, as CT technology has continued to improve, so has the use of this imaging procedure.

Individualized Screening
When and how to screen women with dense breasts is anything but standardized currently, but some radiologists believe that this uncertainty is a great way to start a dialogue between imagers, referring physicians, and patients to determine the best course of action for screening women with dense breasts.

IR Coding Changes for 2016
In the second part of Radiology Today's look at coding changes for 2016, we look at the many changes for the procedure coding of interventional services.

Time to Upgrade?
According to a 2014 report, the average installed MR system in the United States is 11 years old. With that in mind, many facilities are considering upgrades to separate themselves in a crowded marketplace, resulting in an increase in installation of 1.5T and 3T MRI systems.

departments

Editor's Note
Eye of the Beholder?

Imaging Informatics
Catching FHIR

On the Case

CT Slice

Imaging Informatics Spotlight

News Scan

Product & Service Showcase

Datebook

Radiology Billing and Coding
Medicare Fee Schedule: Mostly Positive for Radiologists in 2016

Second Opinions

January 2016

Features

Change of Heart (Tests)
Nuclear stress test may currently be the norm for cardiac evaluation, but a growing number of physicians believe there's enough evidence to support changing the paradigm, especially for patients at low to moderate risk.

Vendor/Partner
In an agreement with GE Healthcare, Temple University Health System will receive radiologic imaging equipment and services over a seven-year period intended to help the medical facility update its radiology offerings and improve workflow efficiencies—at a reduced cost.

Reporter's Notebook: RSNA 2015
Read about the latest research findings presented at RSNA 2015.

Less Sizzle, More Steak: 5 Things to Watch in 2016
Once again, Radiology Today chooses five subjects that we believe will merit your attention in the coming year.

departments

Editor's Note
Where Will You Lead 2016?

Imaging Informatics
Patient-Centered Radiology Reporting

On the Case

Radiology Billing and Coding
Changes for 2016, Part 1

Products and Services

News Scan

Product and Service Showcase

Datebook

MRI Monitor
Neuroradiology Quantification Software Available

Second Opinions