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Worth Repeating
"Radiology residents' past practice of using recalled examination questions to study reflected the practice within radiology programs across the country and did not represent an unfair advantage."

— Woodson Jones, MD, dean of San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium, on the systematized use of "recalls" in preparing for radiology boards, as reported by CNN.
Other Imaging News
Michigan Imaging Firm
Faces $150 Million Lawsuit

According to WDIV Detroit, the US government filed a lawsuit seeking $150 million against Universal Imaging, Inc and its current and former owners, accusing the Michigan imaging company of numerous Medicare violations relating to required supervision of diagnostic tests as well as generating most of its revenue from physician kickbacks for referrals.

Study Questions Benefit
of PSA Screening

A MedPage Today article reports on a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute that showed no obvious mortality benefit of prostate-specific antigen screening for patients during 13 years of follow-up. Prostate cancer mortality was actually slightly higher for patients who underwent the screening.

Thai Tiger in MRI
Makes for Asia First

In what’s being described as a first for Asia, Thailand’s The Nation describes what happens when a fairly standard MRI examination becomes anything but—when it’s indicated for Meow, a 12-year-old, fully grown tiger.
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Editor's E-Note
The press release announcing the merger of two radiology groups to form a 52-doctor group based in Greensboro, North Carolina, appropriately focused on the benefits to patients and physicians. While it did not tout the potential business benefits of the larger group, the business strength that could protect the radiologists’ autonomy and security is every bit as important to the doctors involved. This month’s E-News Exclusive looks at that merger and why it’s something radiology groups should consider as a way to secure their futures.

— Jim Knaub, editor
E-News Exclusive
Merger Reflects What’s Ahead in Radiology Practice
By Jim Knaub

The announcement of Greensboro (North Carolina) Radiology’s merger with High Point Radiology last week is a good example of the trend of radiology groups growing in size. The resulting 52-doctor group—which will operate under the name Greensboro Radiology—has contracts to serve 12 hospitals and 45 imaging centers in North Carolina and Virginia, according to the company.

“We expect the merger to be good for our radiologists and good for our patients,” said David E. Ormond, MD, president of High Point Radiology, who will now serve on the executive board of the expanded group. “As part of a larger practice, our physicians will have more opportunities to specialize, and our patients in High Point and Lexington will benefit from ready access to a broader range of services.”

Here are some facts and figures about the practice, according to the press release announcing the merger.

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RSNA Reporter’s Notebook
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Technology Update: MRI
Vendors focus on patient-friendly characteristics while maintaining image quality in the newest MR offerings. Read more »

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. Read more »

IR Benchmarking — Keeping Up With the Dr Joneses
Software can help interventional radiologists share anonymized practice data to assess performance. Read more »
Today's Diet & Nutrition
On the Case
Check out our original case study department, edited by radiologist Rahul V. Pawar, MD, DABR. Read more »

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