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Using the National Cancer Database (NCDB), researchers set out to find the potential cost savings associated with an evidence-based radiation treatment (RT) approach among women in the United States with early-stage breast cancer.

Radiologists are among the specialists least susceptible to lures from industry players angling for an ethically iffy “in” to push more goods and services—a happy fact in this age of Open Payments. But that doesn’t mean rads are immune. With this in mind, three radiologists at the University of Washington in Seattle propose a methodical approach to evaluating new products and managing relationships with vendors.

An exemplary radiology department has demonstrated how to apply the innovative business-management technique called “time-driven activity-based costing,” or TDABC, to fix some common and costly workflow inefficiencies in radiology. 

A new study confirms the lack of an association between increased imaging utilization and monies, gifts or perks given to rads for purposes other than supporting research.

Incomplete radiology reports that lead to inappropriate coding and, thus, hits to reimbursement can be headed off by structured reporting, according to a study conducted at NYU Langone School of Medicine and published online Dec. 24 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. 

 

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Cost savings associated with radiation treatment after lumpectomy for early-stage breast cancer

Using the National Cancer Database (NCDB), researchers set out to find the potential cost savings associated with an evidence-based radiation treatment (RT) approach among women in the United States with early-stage breast cancer.

First diagnostic radiotracer supporting early diagnosis of Alzheimer's approved in Canada

Piramal Imaging SA and Isologic Innovative Radiopharmaceuticals have announced that a Notice of Compliance (NOC) from Health Canada has been issued to Isologic for NeuraCeq (florbetaben F18 injection).     

FDA approves Varibar Pudding from Bracco Diagnostics for MBS examinations

The FDA approved Varibar Pudding from Bracco Diagnostics for modified barium swallow (MBS) examinations to evaluate the oral and pharyngeal function and morphology in patients six months and older.

7 ways radiology can avoid undue industry influence

Radiologists are among the specialists least susceptible to lures from industry players angling for an ethically iffy “in” to push more goods and services—a happy fact in this age of Open Payments. But that doesn’t mean rads are immune. With this in mind, three radiologists at the University of Washington in Seattle propose a methodical approach to evaluating new products and managing relationships with vendors.

Mayo radiology shows how to boost efficiency, cut costs the ‘TDABC’ way

An exemplary radiology department has demonstrated how to apply the innovative business-management technique called “time-driven activity-based costing,” or TDABC, to fix some common and costly workflow inefficiencies in radiology. 

Payola is one problem radiology doesn’t have to reckon with

A new study confirms the lack of an association between increased imaging utilization and monies, gifts or perks given to rads for purposes other than supporting research.

Structured reporting cuts coding errors, facilitates full reimbursement

Incomplete radiology reports that lead to inappropriate coding and, thus, hits to reimbursement can be headed off by structured reporting, according to a study conducted at NYU Langone School of Medicine and published online Dec. 24 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. 

Radiologists encouraged to go ‘fishing’

“He looked across the sea and knew how alone he was now. But he could see the prisms in the deep dark water and the line stretching ahead and the strange undulation of the calm.” So wrote Ernest Hemingway in The Old Man and the Sea. And what does this have to do with medical imaging? 

Chest imaging down despite increasing utilization of CT, CTA

Orders for Medicare-covered chest x-rays have dropped at a faster clip than those for chest CT and CT angiography (CTA) have risen in recent years, leading to a net decrease in overall noncardiac thoracic imaging. Meanwhile, radiologists’ role as the main providers of such imaging continues to help keep self-referral at bay. 

RSNA 2016: How women can climb the jungle gym to success

In an effort to empower female radiologists to take a commanding role in the field, RSNA presented a session entitled, “Women in Leadership,” at this year’s conference. 

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