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February/March 2009

By: Jonathan Berlin, MD, MBA
A compendium of the business intelligence required to launch a CCTA service In the United States, unspecified chest pain is the second most common reason for an emergency-department visit. Each year, 5 million to 8 million patients present to the emergency department with chest pain; in 2004, more than 6 million patients presented to US emergency departments with acute chest pain. Of these patients, 4% to 5% have a coronary event that is not properly diagnosed, resulting in an erroneous discharge from the emergency department. Approximately 40% of elective stress tests will yield false-positive results, but only about 13% of coronary CT angiography (CCTA) exams (see Figures 1 through 4) will have potentially false-positive results. The lower false-positive rate should mean better...
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By: Rich Smith
Radiologists and vendors race to grasp and improve the tools of advanced visualization as imaging modalities churn out ever more information
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By: Howard B. Fleishon, MD, MMM,
Radiologists must counteract practice developments that can result in trivializing their specialty's contributions to medicine
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By: George Wiley
RIS data, keyed to billing, can be analyzed to improve competitive capability and pare inefficiency to the nub
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By: Cheryl Proval
Due to inequities in payment methodology, are providers of imaging services overpaid?
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By: George Wiley
In assessing the imaging technologies on display at RSNA, an observer provides tools for making critical decisions regarding your capital budget for 2009
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By: Cheryl Proval
It’s no secret that utilization control has emerged as the method of choice for private payors focused on reining in imaging costs. What is surprising is the speed with which radiology benefit...
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By: Greg Thompson
Teleradiology permeates the specialty as practices cross state, regional, and global boundaries to purchase and practice radiology
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By: Daniel McLaughlin
Historically, financial downturns have not affected the health care industry, but it is not so this time. Patients are deferring care or avoiding treatment completely; uncompensated care and bad...
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By: Cheryl Proval
It is time for the specialty to take a proactive role in evidence-based radiology
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By: Curtis Kauffman-Pickelle
Great leadership will distinguish winning imaging organizations from those that struggle