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The American College of Radiology (ACR) has issued a statement applauding Congress for passing the $1.1 trillion, 2,000-plus page Omnibus Spending Bill late last week.

According to a recent report from the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT), the number of students enrolled in radiography, radiation therapy, and nuclear medicine programs was up in 2015, with the most significant increase coming in nuclear medicine programs.

Vascular ultrasound (VUS) utilization in the Medicare population peaked in 2009 and has been in decline ever since, according to a recent study published by the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) has released a statement praising Congress for including the Protecting Access to Lifesaving Screenings (PALS) Act in the $1.1 trillion, 2,000-plus page Omnibus Spending Bill announced earlier this week.

Radiology and cardiology departments have long produced significant imaging volumes, but the volumes of imaging exams performed in other specialties are now easily surpassing that amount.

Following her presentation at RSNA, Beatriz E. Amendola, MD, founder of the Innovative Cancer Institute in South Miami, Fla., spoke with RadiologyBusiness.com about the experience of opening up a private practice.

It’s not exactly breaking news that radiologists are seated a lot while they work. But according to a recent study published by Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology, all of that sitting could present radiologists with a potential occupational health risk.

All critical access hospitals provide basic imaging services, but not all of them provide more advanced services such as MRI, CT, ultrasound, or mammography.

With radiology continuing to refine its niche in a rapidly evolving healthcare environment, Sruti Nataraja, MPH, managing director at the Advisory Board Company, believes that one of the major themes coming out the past year is, “The consumer-driven health care market has arrived.”

With the possible exception of diffusion-tensor MRI for concussion in athletes, no clinical imaging procedure stands a chance of bumping information technology-with its attendant ripple effects on regulatory compliance and business performance-off radiology’s figurative front page in 2016.

As the "volume to value" movement reshapes healthcare economics across the U.S., radiology is reminded daily that it is by no means exempt from the new and somewhat nebulous fiscal demands.

The lack of women in diagnostic radiology residencies does not appear to be the result of any sort of discrimination or gender bias against women, at least according to a recent study of one school published in Academic Radiology.