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Mammography rates increased after the Affordable Care Act (ACA) eliminated cost sharing for preventive services recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, according to a new study published by the New England Journal of Medicine.

One of healthcare’s most common debates is which of the many different breast cancer screening guidelines women should follow to receive the best possible care. The authors of a new study in the American Journal of Roentgenology ran a Monte Carlo computer simulation to put the screening mammography guidelines released by the American Cancer Society (ACS) in 2015 up against the updated recommendations released by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) in 2016.

Radiation oncologists should be more directly involved in the formal education of medical students, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

New research published in Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology suggests procedural training should be standardized during residency and competence in specific procedures should be achieved at its completion.

The Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), developed by CMS to pay physicians under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015, is one of many things today’s imaging leaders must understand to help their groups stay ahead. According to a recent study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, CMS exempts certain physicians from participating in MIPS, but many radiologists will find they must participate.

 

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RSNA 2017: 5 sessions you do not want to miss

Temperatures are dropping and my front yard is covered in leaves, which means it’s almost time for another eventful RSNA annual meeting in Chicago. I’ve spent some with this year’s schedule and wanted to share five can’t-miss sessions.

Should patients stop undergoing screening mammography when they turn 75?

Women should not stop undergoing regular mammography based on their age alone, according to a new analysis published by the American Journal of Roentgenology. The authors of the article explored both the benefits and the risks of screening mammography for women ages 75 years and older.

Lead shields protect nurses, technologists from radiation in the cath lab

Physicians aren’t the only ones who might benefit from using lead shields to guard against radiation exposure during cardiac catheterization, a new study suggests.

ACR Chair stresses low-dose radiation research in comments to House committee

The chair of the American College of Radiology (ACR) Board of Chancellors, James A. Brink, MD, spoke to the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Energy today in Washington, D.C. The subcommittee was there to discuss the United States Department of Energy’s funding of low-dose radiation research, and Brink told its members that such research was needed to improve patient care.

For Medical Physicists, The Times They Are A-Changin’

The Medical Physics Community is Now Playing a Larger Role in Radiology Than Ever Before

Publishing Reproducible Research: A Model for Transparency

An Inside Look at SIIM’s Decision to Make a Big Change to its Standards

RSNA to publish 3 new journals in 2019

RSNA announced Thursday, Oct. 19, it is launching three new journals in 2019 to complement its current publications, Radiology and RadioGraphics.

Looking back at the 2017 ACR Moreton Lecture: 4 key takeaways

The Journal of the American College of Radiology has shared a web version of the Moreton Lecture given by Jeffrey C. Bauer, PhD, at the 2017 American College of Radiology’s annual meeting in May. Here are four key takeaways from his speech to attendees.

MITA issues guidelines for live model ultrasound scanning

The Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA) issued new guidelines for live model ultrasound scanning for educational purposes.

6 tenets of multigenerational team building in radiology

A recent article in Radiology Management discussed strategies for multigenerational team building within radiology practice. Team building in a radiology department is crucial and has been linked to healthcare costs, employee morale and quality patient care.

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