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Paul J. Chang, MD, medical director of enterprise imaging at the University of Chicago, began his presentation Monday morning at RSNA 2016 by saying his goal was to upset “everyone in the room” with his opinions on quality and IT. He said this with a smile, of course, but he did go on to speak about quality in different terms than radiologists are used to hearing. 

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Radiology makes an impression as teens get a taste of healthcare work

Radiology is one of the fields on offer to teenagers thinking about medical careers and participating in an introductory program now in its 10th year in Upstate New York.

Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium receives $17M to study breast screening

Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium (BCSC)—a research collaboration between several universities, Advocate Health Care and Kaiser Permanente Washington—has received a $17 million grant renewal from the National Cancer Institute to study the effectiveness of digital mammography, digital breast tomosynthesis and breast MRI as breast screening tools.

Radiology Partners expands presence in Ohio, Iowa, Texas

Radiology Partners (RP) announced this week that it has grown in the states of Ohio, Iowa and Texas. The El Segundo, Calif.-based company’s client base now includes more than 350 facilities in nine states throughout the United States.

AHRA 2017: Medical necessity review can save imaging practices millions

Pre-authorization can bog down the imaging process but the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, CO, has taken ownership of front-end authorization and medical necessity review, saving time and money when compared to outside referral specialists. This in-house review has reduced the time-to-authorization from 5 weeks to under 48 hours, according to Aaron Hackman, Radiology Reimbursement Specialist at University of Colorado Hospital.

Me, me, me: Exploring the rise of careerism in radiology

Many corporate employees look at each job as a stepping stone to the next, worried more about their next big promotion than actually doing a good job in the first place. This me-first attitude is being found more and more in radiology, according to a new article published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, and it’s having a negative impact on the industry as a whole.

Contrast-enhanced digital mammography: a cost-effective substitute for breast MRI?

It’s well established that screening mammography successfully reduces breast cancer incidence and mortality, but in high-risk patients with certain BRCA mutations or dense breasts, other imaging techniques are often used instead. Breast MRI is one modality specialists often turn to in these cases, though it fails to identify calcifications and can be quite expensive to use, and this is where contrast-enhanced digital mammography (CEDM) comes in.

Stryker expands imaging portfolio with acquisition of fluorescence firm

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.

3 radiology takeaways from 2017 physician recruitment report

An annual review of the search assignments conducted by physician recruitment firm Merritt Hawkins revealed an upturn in radiology hiring, among other trends.

Mammography rates vary among Medicare Advantage plans, indicating need for transparency

A review of mammography screening rates in Medicare Advantage plans found for-profit providers lagging behind their non-profit colleagues, signaling the importance of publicizing performance data so consumers and regulators can make informed decisions.

TeraRecon merges with McCoy Medical, spins out into new company

TeraRecon announced the acquisition of machine learning firm McCoy Medical Technologies at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine’s Annual Meeting (SIIM17) in Pittsburgh.

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