Healthcare Economics & Policy

The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) and numerous other societies have endorsed prostatic artery embolization (PEA) as a safe and effective method to treat an enlarged prostate in certain patients.

The FDA wants manufacturers to include additional information in premarket submissions for medical devices that include quantitative imaging functions, according to a new draft guidance from the federal agency.

"This study only answers the question about whether, in the first 12 months after diagnosis, costs of gene testing are likely to be offset by savings in avoided costs of chemotherapy—and the answer is yes," wrote authors of a new study published in JNCI.

The x-ray technology can depict movement and allows radiologists to annotate images for a more detailed clinical finding, according to the company. DDR also enables clinicians to observe the dynamic interaction of anatomical structures such as tissue and bone over time.  

“Given that health care systems are limited in their financial resources, competing surveillance strategies should be analyzed for their cost-effectiveness," wrote Paulo Henrique Lima and colleagues, in an April 17 study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Switching both low-and high-income women from affordable to high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) resulted in lengthy delays in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, reported authors of a large study published in Health Affairs.

A bill introduced to Congress on April 9 aims to close a Medicare “loophole” by preventing physician self-referrals for advanced imaging, radiation therapy, anatomic pathology and physical therapy. The legislation is a polarizing issue for medical societies.

FlouroShield is a region of interest radiation exposure reduction solution for interventional x-ray imaging.

Radiologists reported a yearly salary of $419,000, according to results of the Medscape Physician Compensation Report 2019. The figure is 4% higher than the specialties’ average salary in last year's Medscape report.

The American College of Physicians (ACP) now recommends women undergo mammography every other year, beginning at age 50. The new guidelines have drawn criticism from the American College of Radiology and Society of Breast Imaging.

Intraoperative MRI can be a cost-effective method for treating patients with high-grade gliomas, according to results of a microsimulation model study published in Radiology.

Patient gonadal and fetal shielding during x-ray imaging is unnecessary and should be "discontinued" as routine practice, according to a new position statement from the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM).