- ACR Appropriateness Criteria for palpable breast masses released

An assessment of appropriate use criteria (AUC) for stress cardiac MR adds weight to the argument that some shuffling is in order in the “maybe appropriate” category. The findings are timely, given an approaching deadline that could impact reimbursement.

 - check list

Implementing structured reporting templates for standard chest CT exams does not result in an increase in false-negatives and can improve the accuracy of reporting for coronary calcification and aid in early detection of coronary heart disease, according to study results published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

 - Breast Cancer

Breast density notification laws have taken hold in 22 states and counting, yet questions remain about which patient should receive supplemental cancer screening. A newly published study this week has shed some light on the issue, showing that not all women with dense breast are at high risk for breast cancer.

 - Target

Recommended cancer screenings have been shown to increase early diagnosis and save lives in at-risk patient populations. A government initiative called Healthy People 2020 includes targets for increasing screening levels for breast and colorectal cancer over the next five years to improve cancer survival and overall public health, but progress updates are necessary to ensure that such targets are within reach. 

 - Courtroom

A Johnson County, Kan., jury has cleared Alliance Radiology, the Kansas City area’s largest radiology practice, of violating state antitrust laws.