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William Doss
As a Senior Writer for TriMed Media Group, Will covers radiology practice improvement, policy, and finance. He lives in Chicago and holds a bachelor’s degree in Life Science Communication and Global Health from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He previously worked as a media specialist for the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. Outside of work you might see him at one of the many live music venues in Chicago or walking his dog Holly around Lakeview.

GE Healthcare is off to the big (second) city, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune that details their move from suburban Chicago to the downtown area. Hundreds of GE Healthcare employees will join their GE Transportation colleagues in the West Loop neighborhood starting in the third quarter of 2017.

 - Carestream touch ultrasound system

The growing trend of emergency physicians interpreting ultrasound exams can lead to increased imaging utilization downstream, according to an article published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Independent radiology practices may want to buckle up—the shift from volume to value and increasing consolidation of payors are pushing small practices toward mergers or acquisitions, according to the American College of Radiology. The benefits can outweigh the drawbacks in many situations, but some practices will be always be reluctant to give up their independence.

 - DBT

At least five states have introduced legislation requiring insurers to cover Digital Breast Tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammography. The economic and clinical benefits of DBT are well-established, but the passage of the bills may come down the legislative climate of the individual states, according to Eugenia Brandt, Director of State Affairs for the American College of Radiology.

 - Breast screening

Minimally invasive breast biopsies have been regularly performed since the 1990s, affording women with suspicious findings a cheaper and less invasive diagnostic exam when compared to surgical biopsy. Even as most biopsies are benign, the potential for sampling error makes follow-up appointments an attractive option for reducing false-negatives.

 - Quality_Measures

A group of faculty and staff from the Baylor College of Medicine’s Department of Radiology implemented a quality improvement project, intending to make the screening program faster and more accurate. Their four-step program generated conclusive improvements in recall rates and shortened the time between screening and treatment, and they published their results in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

The clinical benefits of adding digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) to the standard mammography workup are well documented, but is it cost-effective? Researchers from a variety of New England institutions built an economic model using data from 31 million Medicaid patients to determine the efficacy of mammography plus DBT.

 - breast cancer, oncology, women's health

A group hailing from the University of Michigan Medical School found widespread misinformation about Affordable Care Act (ACA)-mandated breast health coverage, using a mystery shopper who spoke with insurance representatives over the phone. Their research was published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

 - prostate cancer

An interdisciplinary team used an MRI quantification technique called "shape atlasing" to detect subtle deformations in cancerous prostate glands, finding a consistent anterior bulge among the patient cohort.

The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) joined the outcry against President Donald Trump’s executive order restricting immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries, saying it will impede education, training and international care, particularly in those nations that lack healthcare resources.