- CT scanner and patient

Medicare utilization of outpatient imaging services is beginning to shift from private offices to hospital settings, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology

 - MRI intraplaque hemorrhage stroke

Using MRI to look for intraplaque hemorrhage could be a cost-effective way to inform treatment decisions in those with asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis (CAS), according to a decision-making analytic model described in a study published online in Radiology.

 - breast cancer

Women with breast cancer may be able undergo treatment with a one-week regimen of partial breast radiation after surgery as opposed to irradiating the entire breast for multiple weeks, as a study published recently in Annals of Surgical Oncology showed no increase in recurrence or difference in cosmetic outcomes using the partial breast radiation technique.

 - radiation dose, CT

Less than 8 percent of patients with suspected urinary stones underwent CT using appropriate low-dose techniques, according to a research letter published online in JAMA Internal Medicine.

 - 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.