Healthcare Economics & Policy

The FDA has approved Bayer’s gadobutrol (Gadavist) injection for use in cardiac MRI, making it the first contrast agent approved for the imaging technique, according to a statement from Bayer.

The average salary of a radiologic technologist jumped by 5.3% over the past three years, according to figures released by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT).

CMS revealed details for their newly proposed alternative payment model for radiation oncology on July 10. The American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) believes the model, with adjustments, "will incentivize higher quality, more convenient radiation treatments for patients and support their journey toward a cure."

The average base salary for radiologists continues to grow, checking in at $387,000, up 4.3% from $371,000 in 2017/2018, according to a new report from Merritt Hawkins.

The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Board of Directors announced more research is needed before recommending the removal of gonadal and fetal shielding during x-rays, despite another medical association’s call to end the practice.

The American College of Radiology (ACR) has expanded its ACR AI-LAB pilot program geared toward helping radiologists develop AI models without the use of coding language.

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published an updated edition of its manual for measuring and reporting performance parameters of SPECT scanners.  

 

“New technologies that are approved by the FDA but not reimbursed by CMS face a classic ‘Catch 22’,” said Mark Carol, MD, chair of MITA’s Focused Ultrasound Section.

Gonzalo Paredes, 63, was convicted of 51 felony counts for his role in the “largest healthcare insurance fraud scheme in the history of San Diego,” which was dubbed Operation Backlash, according to a statement from the San Diego DA.

“Although echocardiography plays an important role in the treatment of many patients with AMI, these findings suggest that a more selective approach may be safe and may reduce costs, particularly at high-use hospitals,” wrote authors of a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

In the most recent episode of the Kaiser Health News podcast “An Arm And A Leg,” host Dan Weissmann sits down with a patient living with brain cancer to learn how she shopped around for low cost brain MRIs, ultimately saving hundreds each year.

Canon Medical Systems USA has received FDA approval for its deep convolutional neural network (DCNN) image reconstruction technology for CT scanning.