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Gina Narcisi
Health Imaging
In November 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) shocked the breast imaging community with its controversial screening mammography recommendations, which included shifting the annual screening routine to a biannual exam for women between the ages of 50 to 74 and eliminating screening entirely for women younger than age 50 and older than age 74.
Clinical Innovation + Technology
Susceptibility-weighted MRI can reveal an accumulation of cerebral microhemorrhages or microbleeds and altered iron distribution that may help identify which individuals with mild cognitive impairment will continue to decline and progress to Alzheimers disease, according to research appearing online Oct. 5 in Radiology.  
Health Imaging
Routine evaluation of imaging research exams by radiologists may result in a high number of incidental findings. Subsequent clinical action can result in early beneficial diagnosis or lead to harm and excessive costs resulting from evaluation of radiographically-suspicious incidental findings, according to research published online Sept. 27 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Health Imaging
Combined inpatient and outpatient imaging services are not necessarily patient-friendly. The mixed environment can be overcrowded and fraught with delays, which may ultimately impact referrals and the bottom line.
Clinical Innovation + Technology
It seems like such a simple idea: A patient-owned, electronic personal health record (PHR) that both patients and physicians can populate with data to create an accurate, comprehensive care picture and ensure the patient gets optimized care. After all, who knows more about a patient than that patient?
Health Imaging
Lung nodules can be tricky. The ribs may obscure them, and smaller lung lesions associated with better outcomes may be too small to detect on a chest x-ray. In fact, clinical studies demonstrate that radiologists can miss 10 to 30 percent of lung nodules on chest x-rays. But CAD can change that picture.
Cardiovascular Business
Medical imaging overutilization--a growing concern in the U.S.--exposes patients to unnecessary radiation, while also adding to rising healthcare costs, according to a study published online Aug. 24 in Radiology. In an interview, William R. Hendee, PhD, lead author, reviewed various methods by which medical imaging could be curtailed.
Clinical Innovation + Technology
Funding incentives for EHR use is the main goal of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) meaningful use initiative, and there are incentive programs for both hospitals and eligible professionals, according to Elizabeth Holland, health insurance specialist at the Department of Health and Human Services, who spoke during a CMS-sponsored webinar Aug. 8.
Health Imaging
Since the last HIT Policy & Standards Committee Enrollment Workgroup update, three workgroup meetings have been held and four tiger teams have been activated around privacy and security and in keeping with the think-big-but-start-small principle, said Aneesh Chopra, chair and chief technology officer of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).
Clinical Innovation + Technology
For an organization looking to build a health information exchange (HIE), a solid request for proposal (RFP) is vital for garnering accurate vendor proposals and a realistic estimation of costs. The RFP also is instrumental in honing technology and business requirements for all stakeholders before inviting vendors in.