- Doc with money

CMS published its 2014 Open Payments data this week, detailing payments made by drug and device companies to various healthcare providers. The data includes information on 11.4 million financial transactions made to physicians and teaching hospitals, totaling $6.49 billion.

 - IV, intravenous, saline

After a patient was harmed in a radiology department by incorrect administration of a drug to counter contrast reaction, the department set about to make sure not to repeat the mistake. Members conducted a searching root-cause analysis, ferreted out their underlying weak points and have now published their findings. 

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With thyroid cancer incidence rates rising at a perplexing rate, concerns about overdiagnosis are starting to take center stage. A paper citing a few reasons for this spike in overdiagnosis, and how radiologists can help stem the tide, was recently published online in Academic Radiology.

 - 3D printed heart model

Researchers have integrated CT with 3D transesophageal echocardiography (3DTEE) to create a 3D model of a patient’s heart, marking the first time multiple modalities have been combined to support 3D printing.

 - Surgery

When it comes to inserting chest ports for venous access needed for repeated blood draws and drug administrations, interventional radiologists working in IR suites can do the job at far lower cost—yet with no greater rates of infection or complications—than surgeons in the OR.