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Lisa Fratt
 - Geraldine McGinty, MD, MBA

Digital breast tomosynthesis scored a win on Oct. 31, 2014, when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Medicare reimbursement for women undergoing a tomosynthesis exam in conjunction with 2D digital mammography.

 - Key-Lock

There is a primary care shortage that will continue for decades. The $64,000 question on radiologists’ minds is: where does radiology fit in?

 - 2013 PCIA

The patient is the center of the healthcare universe, and imaging is no exception. Health Imaging’s inaugural Patient-Centric Imaging Awards spotlight patient engagement at five stellar groups.

 - Burnout

Nearly half of U.S. physicians responding to a survey about burnout reported at least one symptom of burnout, researchers reported in a study published online August 20, 2012, in Archives of Internal Medicine. The researchers reported that radiologists face a slightly higher than average rate of burnout, a finding that doesn’t surprise many radiologists.

 - Senior woman

Concordance between radiologic and pathologic findings may allow some women diagnosed with atypical lobular hyperplasia (ALH) or lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) to be followed up via observation rather than biopsy, according to results of a study published online July 30 in Radiology.

 - horizon, path, highway, road

As oncologists, radiologists and epidemiologists continue to debate the details of overdiagnosis and overtreatment, a viewpoint published online July 29 in JAMA listed several recommendations for the National Cancer Institute to consider as it attempts to evaluate the overdiagnosis issue.

 - thumbs up

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has issued a Grade B recommendation for annual low-dose CT screening for individuals between the ages of 50 and 80 who are at high risk for lung cancer.

 - Emergency room

Emergency department (ED) use of chest x-rays for children presenting with moderate to severe asthma increased significantly from 1995 to 2009. Pediatric EDs bucked the trend, indicating a need to transfer best practices to standard EDs, which could improve efficiency, cut costs and decrease radiation exposure, according to a study published in the August issue of Pediatrics.

 - Lisa Fratt - Portrait

As adults, most of us understand responsibility can be a heavy burden. It’s also a privilege that can be lost. Some days it’s downright unpleasant to take responsibility, but those who shirk it often ultimately wind up paying a high price. That may be why physicians' responses to the survey about “major responsibility” for healthcare costs published in the July 24/31 edition of JAMA seemed so frustrating.

 - Lisa Fratt - Portrait

The power of PET came across loud and clear in July. Studies showed its utility in informing management of triple-negative breast cancers, monitoring Alzheimer’s progression and predicting chemo success for patients with non-small cell lung cancer.