Policy

Children and teenagers undergoing brain MRI scans experience little to no more claustrophobia or other form of anxiety than adults, so there’s no reason to exclude pediatric patients from MRI research on the basis of concern over stress. 

More than seven months after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to permanently repeal the country’s medical device tax, bipartisan legislation to accomplish the same goal has been introduced in the U.S. Senate

The International Contrast Ultrasound Society (ICUS) is once again pushing the FDA to eliminate the “black box” warning from ultrasound contrast agents (UCAs), detailing its stance in a petition supported by several other medical societies.

The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) and American College of Radiology (ACR) have published a statement to ease potential concerns from the general public about radioactive material in cremated bodies.

Nearly all commercially insured women between the ages of 40 and 74 had access to screening mammography without cost sharing after the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law, according to new research published by the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

The FDA has issued a safety communication urging healthcare providers and patients to exercise caution when turning to robotically-assisted surgical devices for mastectomy and other cancer-related surgeries.

The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) has announced its support of a new licensure bill for radiologist assistants (RAs) being considered by the California Senate.

In anticipation of the 2020 ending of the individual mandate penalizing Americans who don’t have health insurance, Harvard researchers have drawn from Massachusetts’s state-level reform experience to show a falloff in elective surgery is likely.

The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) has issued a statement in support of the recently passed federal requirement that all mammography providers must include information about breast density in reports sent to patients and their physicians.

The FDA has published a statement emphasizing that thermography is not cleared as an alternative to mammography for breast cancer screening or diagnosis. This comes on the heels of the agency sending La Mesa, California-based Total Thermal Imaging a warning letter for marketing "an unapproved thermography device as a sole screening device for breast cancer and other diseases.”

At an academic health system in Boston, referring physicians have been ordering more breast MRI scans since Massachusetts mandated that mammographers inform patients in writing of their breast density.

The Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) and Ultrasound Access Coalition (UAC) have released a statement highlighting their opposition to the $112 million in Medicare ultrasound reimbursement cuts planned by CMS.