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The New England Journal of Medicine published a firsthand account of a physician's volunteer detail at the Boston Marathon. Check out the perspective for a handle on helplessness and healing. Be sure to check out the May/June issue of Health Imaging to learn more about how battlefield innovations bettered trauma managament in Boston and beyond.

Last week, an article in the Journal of the American College of Radiology discussed an effort to eliminate the words ‘gross’ and ‘grossly’ from reports because of their multiple meanings. However, an excerpt from a report on General Surgery News’ blog may just take the cake for ambiguity.

Exact Sciences has developed a stool-based screening test that detected 92 percent of cancers found on colonoscopy and 42 percent of precancerous polyps. The results fell shy of the company’s goal of a 50 percent polyp detection rate, according to an article in the New York Times; however, Exact Sciences indicated its plans to file for FDA approval of its Cologuard test.

Nearly 2,000 U.S. troops have had to undergo an amputation due to injuries sustained in Iraq or Afghanistan since the respective starts of those conflicts. While each of those injuries is gruesome and tragic, the advances in medicine brought about by their treatment are making their way back home and stand to help victims of the bombings at the Boston Marathon, according to an AP report.

Eli Lilly and Company has acquired a pair of PET tracers from Siemens. The investigational tracers are designed to target the tau deposits that are the hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. Avid Radiopharmaceuticals, Lilly’s wholly owned subsidiary, will develop and validate the tracers, according to Lilly.

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.