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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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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.

Radiologists bucking industry trends in ownership structure

Radiologists were found to be consistent outliers in a study of physician practice arrangements conducted by the American Medical Association, holding higher-than-average rates of physician ownership and working in single-specialty practices more often than other physicians.

Siemens Healthineers finalizes acquisition of Medicalis

Siemens Healthineers finalized the acquisition of San Francisco-based healthcare tech firm Medicalis, signaling Siemens’ commitment to integrating population health management into radiology.

GE Healthcare, Harvard Hospitals collaborate on AI for healthcare

A recent Forbes article revealed General Electric’s (GE) healthcare division plans to partner with Harvard Hospitals to develop artificial intelligence (AI) products for medicine.

Context is key when defending radiology claims

In a recent article published in the New York Law Journal, Andrew Kaufman, founding partner of Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan, outlines how to handle hindsight bias when it comes to defending radiology claims.

Radiology Partners raises $200 million for scaling support, quality improvement programs

The nation’s largest physician-led radiology practice completed its latest round of growth equity funding, raising $200 million earmarked for evidence-based clinical programs and expansion.

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