Policy

As a response to new breast cancer screening guidelines shared by the American College of Physicians (ACP), the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) has issued a statement reaffirming its belief that women should undergo annual screening using mammography beginning at the age of 40.

New legislation has been introduced to Congress that would update Medicare policies by preventing self-referrals related to advanced imaging services, radiation therapy, anatomic pathology and physical therapy.

In 2017, some 60 percent of physicians reported being “not at all familiar” or “slightly familiar” with MACRA. A meager 8 percent said they were “very familiar” with the legislation. Two years later, anecdotal evidence strongly suggests the lack of understanding persists.

When the American College of Physicians (ACP) shared new breast cancer screening guidelines, recommending that women with no symptoms begin undergoing mammograms every other year at the age of 50, both professional imaging societies and individual radiologists came out against the decision.

The American College of Physicians (ACP) now recommends that average-risk women with no symptoms undergo breast cancer screening with mammography every other year, beginning at the age of 50. The ACP explained its decision through a new guidance statement published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

Patient gonadal and fetal shielding is not necessary during x-rays and should be discontinued, according to a new position statement issued by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM).

The FDA has announced that it is working toward developing a new regulatory framework for medical devices that use advanced artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms.

New legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would allow radiologists to submit Medicare claims for imaging services performed by radiologist assistants (RAs) in hospitals and non-imaging services performed in the hospital or an office setting.

Patient advocacy groups and healthcare organizations, including the American College of Radiology (ACR), are urging Congress to pass HR 1969, the CT Colonography Screening for Colorectal Cancer Act.

The American College of Radiology (ACR) has released an update to its ACR Appropriateness Criteria.

The D.C. Council has enacted Washington D.C.’s breast density reporting legislation, meaning that all women must now be informed after undergoing a mammogram if they have dense breast tissue.

The two major parties set to take part in Australia’s upcoming federal election have both committed to increase funding for MRI scans for women with breast cancer.