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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.

The RSNA Research and Education (R&E) will award $4 million in grants in 2017, funding 30 percent of all grant applications. 50 institutions from across the globe will receive grants funding for a variety of research and educational objectives, including a sorely-needed overhaul to radiology policy education.

 - doctor communication

The shift from volume to value puts a premium on the patient experience. Radiologists can do their part with effective physician-patient communication, but a survey published in Radiology shows a disconnect between the values espoused by leaders and the ground-level practices of radiology departments today.

A draft verison of the Senate's iteration of the American Health Care Act will be released on Thursday, according to Politico. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, appears to be sticking to his guns by moving towards a vote on the healthcare bill before the July 4 recess.

 - Congress

45 members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, imploring against future cuts to lung cancer screening reimbursement.

Stryker Corporation has announced an agreement to acquire NOVADAQ Technologies, a firm specializing in fluorescence imaging technology used in surgery. The $701 million definitive agreement between Stryker and the Greater Toronto-based Novadaq is expected to close at the end of the third quarter.

 - Spine x-ray

An economic analysis by a group of researchers from New York University School of Medicine found the most cost-effective osteoporosis screening strategy: start at age 55 and use five-year intervals, combining dual energy x-ray absorptiometry and quantitative CT.

Texas may become the seventh state to mandate coverage of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) under private insurance plans, as long as Governor Gregg Abbott signs the bill that’s been on his desk since May 30. If Abbot does nothing for 21 days, the bill will become law without his signature, a legislative tactic sometimes used when a governor’s distaste for a bill doesn’t quite warrant a veto.

 - prostate cancer

Imaging has a central role in diagnosing male infertility, according to a review published in RadioGraphics. Scrotal ultrasound and MRI have emerged as the preferred modalities while invasive procedures such as vasography have fallen out of practice, but CT has its uses as well.

An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm predicted whether or not a 6-month-old child would develop autism with 96 percent accuracy in a study on a group of almost 60 infants.

Gena Norris, wife of actor and martial artist Chuck Norris, claimed to have suffered severe side-effects from gadolinium poisoning in a television interview aired June 11.