Breast density laws have been on the books since 2009, with states increasingly joining the upward trend. But new research surveying more than 1,000 women found many remain confused and misinformed about such legislation.
The FDA announced it is taking steps to advance innovation and surveillance for medical devices through the implementation of three initiatives related to the recent user fee re-authorization, according to an Aug. 16 news release.
Aetna announced, Thursday, Aug. 16, it will expand its coverage of the PET tracer gallium-68 (Ga-68) dotatate, according to a Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) release. The radiopharmaceutical is now considered “medically necessary.”
Currently, only one generator is FDA approved for the production of Ga-68 Dotatate injection (NetSpot), a radiopharmaceutical utilized for positron emission tomography (PET) imaging and radionuclide therapy in patients with neuroendocrine tumors (NET), according to a SNMMI letter sent to the FDA on Aug. 6.
Radiologists are involved in 15 percent of diagnosis-related malpractice claims, with 80 percent of those cases resulting in permanent injury or death, according to a debut report from medical liability insurer Coverys.
Last week, the Kansas Insurance Department announced the state will require all health insurers to cover 3D mammograms by 2019, according to an Aug. 9 article by the Kansas City Star.
Incidental pulmonary nodules detected on chest CT cost a downstream average of $393, researchers reported in a new Academic Radiology study. Collaboration may be the key to reducing that number.
The trade war between the U.S. and China continues to grow. The U.S. announced Tuesday, Aug. 7, that it will impose 25 percent tariffs on an additional $16 billion worth of goods imported from China.
“Despite some of the earlier market hype, it is becoming increasingly clear that AI will transform the diagnostic imaging industry, both in terms of enhanced productivity, increased diagnostic accuracy, more personalized treatment planning, and ultimately, improved clinical outcomes."
China announced on Friday, Aug. 3, its plans to impose $60 billion in new tariffs on more than 5,000 imported U.S. products, including medical imaging equipment such as x-ray tubes, CT and MRI systems and ultrasonic scanning devices.
Current lung cancer screening guidelines, developed based on results from a 2011 study, may be inadequate for high-risk minorities and those in underrepresented communities, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago reported in a JAMA Oncology study.
After Gajendra Singh, MD, was quoted $1,200 for an ultrasound at his local hospital’s outpatient department, he decided to open his own low-cost imaging center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. But that’s where his problems began, Vox reported.
A new study funded by the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute in Virginia found that dense breast notification policies were associated with an increase in follow-up ultrasound.
The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) voiced its support for the U.S. House of Representative’s vote to repeal the 2.3 percent medical device tax and called on the Senate to follow suit.
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) urged the Trump administration to avoid implementation of additional 25 percent tariffs on products imported from China, including medical imaging equipment.
Jul 25, 2018 | Practice Management
The Alzheimer’s Association offered a sneak peek of its first clinical practice guidelines for primary care physicians in diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias during its July 22 annual meeting in Chicago.
Practice Management, Diagnostic Imaging, Healthcare Economics & Policy
The U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal the 2.3 percent medical device tax that was implemented as part of the Affordable Care Act. The House voted 283 to 132, with 57 Democrats joining Republicans.
Healthcare Economics & Policy
The FDA recently approved an amendment to the 2016 Alternative Standard No. 24 to the “Quality control tests–other modalities” requirement allowing the American College of Radiology (ACR) to fold digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) into its 2016 Digital Mammography Quality Control Manual.
Healthcare Economics & Policy, Women's Imaging
Jul 23, 2018 | Molecular Imaging
The Society for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI), along with a host of other leading medical imaging groups and vendors, addressed a July 18 letter to the Senate and House subcommittees on Energy and Water Development voicing its support for $20 million in additional funding to help establish domestic production of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99).
Molecular Imaging, Healthcare Economics & Policy
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and IBM Watson Health have extended their partnership leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to help analyze cancer data in veterans with the disease.
Artificial Intelligence, Oncology Imaging, Healthcare Economics & Policy
Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to revolutionize patient-care and serve as a valuable tool for radiologists. But with all its promise, a recent editorialist asked: Has anyone thought about how it will all be paid for? And by whom?
Artificial Intelligence, Healthcare Economics & Policy