Since the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) in February, much debate and a flurry of activity has centered on the economic encouragement offered to healthcare providers for the adoption and use of EMRs.
Computer-aided detection (CAD) systems have proved their reliability in terms of sensitivity and specificity as a second reader for chest imaging, mammography and breast MRI in standalone studies assessing performance for a selected group. But before you can ask how CAD is impacting diagnosis and proving its value in everyday clinical practice, the interaction (or learning curve) between radiologist and the technology and the balancing act between sensitivity and specificity must be considered.
Although breast MRI is an increasingly common complement to mammography because of its sensitivity in detecting suspicious lesions missed by mammography, two molecular imaging techniquespositron emission mammography (PEM) and breast specific gamma imaging (BSGI)are moving up the ranks due to greater physiological detail and spatial resolution both techniques offer.
As electrophysiology (EP) lab volumes in the U.S. continue to rise and as new innovations in EP technologies and devices emerge, hospitals of all sizes are faced with similar supply chain issueshaving enough stock on hand, keeping physicians happy and controlling costs.
Members of the American College of Radiology (ACR) urged the U.S. House of Representatives Rural Caucus against using radiology benefits managers (RBMs) in the Medicare system and against a proposed imaging equipment utilization rate change from 50 to 95 percent at a Capitol Hill briefing held June 24.
Physicians failed to report clinically significant abnormal test results to patients--or to document that they had informed them--in one out of every 14 cases of abnormal results, according to new research published June 22 in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The researchers found that having an EMR does not reduce failure-to-inform rates--and even increases them--if the practice does not have good processes in place for managing test results.