- Scanner Tech

In an effort to fill in the gaps in radiologic technologist licensing requirements around the country, North Dakota has passed a measure strengthening its regulations, while legislators in North Carolina have introduced a bill that would establish a licensure system currently nonexistent in the state.

 - Missing puzzle piece

Reduction of contrast dosage by 25 percent or more on CT scans results in reduced low-contrast spatial resolution and loss of detection of 6mm nodules on accreditation phantoms using iterative reconstruction (IR) techniques, according to results published online March 26 in the journal Radiology. 

 - Medical Money

The U.S. Senate will not vote on a bill that would repeal the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) until after it returns from a two-week break on April 13.

 - gadolinium deposits brain

A growing collective of former patients subjected to gadolinium-based contrast agents claims to experience symptoms long after contrast-enhanced MRI procedures. While the assertions contradict prevailing knowledge regarding gadolinium use in imaging, some are calling for more research into the stability and safety of one of the most popular and widely used contrast tools.

 - Congress

By an overwhelming margin of 392-37, the U.S. House passed a bill Thursday that would permanently replace the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. Attention will now turn to the Senate, which must pass the bill before April 1 to head off significant physician pay cuts.