Healthcare Economics & Policy

The NFL has awarded more than $35 million in grants to fund research into brain health and concussions. These grants, the league said, are a part of its previously announced $40 million investment in funding medical research “focused on enhancing player health and safety.”

Radiation oncologist Timothy Showalter, MD, and breast cancer surgeon Shayna Showalter, MD, of the University of Virginia Cancer Center in Charlottesville, have been awarded a five-year grant of more than $1.8 million for their work on improving care for early-stage breast cancer patients.

The rise of high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) has led to patients worrying more about the high prices associated with imaging services than ever before. According to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, this often exposes those patients to inaccurate information.

Germany-based Ziehm Imaging, which has U.S. operations in Orlando, was awarded a $135 million contract to provide “radiology systems, accessories and training” to U.S. armed forces, according to a statement issued by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).

More than 65 physicians and staff at Denver-based Diversified Radiology will join US Radiology Specialists, a North Carolina-based imaging facility. Specifically, Diversified Radiology will bring its teleradiology services to the US Radiology team in an effort to provide 24-hour radiology services.

Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital in Bozeman, Montana, settled a three-year-old federal lawsuit alleging the hospital had a “sham” joint venture with Advanced Medical Imaging, a radiology group, that the plaintiffs alleged was looking to open its own outpatient imaging center.

Three researchers—Pedram Heidari, MD, Prashant Nagpal, MD and Adam Singer, MD—have been awarded 2018 Canon Medical Systems USA/RSNA Research Seed Grants by the RSNA Research & Education (R&E) Foundation.

The University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR) in Columbia has announced it is the first domestic supplier of Iodine-131 (I-131), a radioisotope used to diagnose and treat thyroid cancer and hyperthyroidism, in the last 30 years.

David Shultz, MD, PhD, of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, has been awarded the 2018 Hitachi Healthcare Americas /RSNA Research Seed Grant by the RSNA Research & Education (R&E) Foundation.

Visla Labs, a San Francisco, California-based startup focused on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in radiology, has raised $3 million in funding to “grow its team, scale product features, attain regulatory approval and fuel expansion and growth.” 

Sina Tavakoli, MD, PhD, of the University of Pittsburgh, has received the 2018 Strategic Radiology/RSNA Research Seed Grant to study the imaging of macrophages in atherosclerosis.

Richard Stayskal, a Green Beret from North Carolina and Purple Heart recipient, sued the federal government for $10 million after a CT scan was misread, or perhaps not read at all—resulting in him developing stage four terminal lung cancer, according to reporting from WJZY-TV in Tampa.