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Washington ultrasound company wins $5.6M in IP suit

On Aug. 17, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington confirmed a final award of more than $5.6 million, issued to Verasonics, in a binding arbitration. The court found Alpinion Medical Systems Company had breached non-disclosure and lease agreements and misappropriated Verasonics’ intellectual property.

Money matters: Educational intervention boosts rad residents’ financial literacy

By the end of 2016, Americans had accrued a total of $1.31 trillion in student loan debt—and med school grads have done their share with a median debt of $180,000. Considering such an industry-wide burden, researchers from the department of radiology at the University of Colorado in Aurora examined how educational interventions could improve financial literacy among radiology residents.

JACR Op-ed: ER rads need to be heard in tort reform

Emergency radiologists handle a high volume of patients with an expectation of limiting turnaround time for diagnosis. The emergency department also includes many single-encounter patients, with limited medical histories.

Radiologist compensation continues to rise

More than three-quarters of physician specialties, 77 percent, have enjoyed compensation increases over the past year, and radiology is in that happy mix. Diagnostic rads’ median compensation rose 2.6 percent, from $490,399 in 2016 to $503,225 this year.

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.