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Another Tax Day has come. This year brings a bitter reminder of the perils of U.S. tax policy, particularly the ill-conceived medical device tax. The tax has gobbled an estimated $450 million from manufacturers’ pockets since Jan. 1. While costs could hit $2 billion annually, the true costs in terms of foregone opportunity in medical advances could be incalculable. In an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, Siemens Healthcare CEO Gregory Sorenson makes an impassioned appeal on behalf of current and future patients for the repeal of the tax.

A former radiology resident diagnosed with insomnia is suing Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. The suit claims that the medical center violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to accommodate for her condition and requiring her to take overnight call shifts.

Kevin McNamara, Nova Scotia’s deputy health minister, has accused 27 radiologists of “potentially inappropriate billing” over a two-year period. The dispute centers on use of a CT fee code for certain procedures in four provinces.

Quebec physicians are lobbying the provincial health board to reverse its decades-long policy of “two-tiered medicine” that limits imaging reimbursement to exams provided in public institutions. The wait for CT, MRI and ultrasound exams in hospitals can extend to two years, while the costs for MR studies in private institutions can reach $1,000.

A first look at President Obama’s proposed budget indicates that the POTUS has set his sights on the oft-reviled Stark loopholes.

University of Wisconsin (UW) School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison has bucked national CT colonography (CTC) non reimbursement policy and delivered the exam as a screening option for eligible patients since 2004. Credit for the unique program largely rests with Perry J. Pickhardt, MD, UW radiologist. The program also demonstrates the power of radiology leadership.

Raising the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67 years may epitomize the phrase penny wise and pound foolish, according to a National Public Radio feature.

Scientists at the ATR Computation Neuroscience Laboratories in Kyoto, Japan, have found a way to predict what a person is dreaming about based on fMRI scans of dreamers.

As radiation exposure continues to grab headlines and patients ply physicians with questions, more providers are transitioning to low-dose imaging. However, the road to low-dose CT is riddled with potholes.

As healthcare providers strive to tap into patient engagement and radiologists attempt to personalize their specialty, it may pay to walk a mile in patients’ shoes. Cleveland Clinic provides viewers a lens into patients’ thoughts and struggles in this brief, but compelling, video. It’s a poignant reminder that pausing to consider the person behind the patient might just make one a better provider.

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., have created a 3D anatomical model by combining CT scans with 3D printing technology.

World class healthcare. It’s everyone’s vision and the ultimate goal. Getting there will be hard work. Gregory Goldstein, MD, president of MetisMD, detailed three strategies to help primary care providers tap into the wealth of expertise lurking behind the reading room door in in HuffPost Healthy Living April 3. They are: ask questions of radiologists, communicate with imagers before the exam and leverage technology for collaborative image viewing. Though the advice targets clinicians, the savviest radiologists are taking steps to assist clinicians with these strategies.