Correspondence from the Board
New Breast Exam Nearly Quadruples Detection of Invasive Breast Cancers in Women with Dense Breast Tissue
Posted by Sam Smith (@scolbysmith) · Fri, Jan 23 at 9:48am EST
Rochester, Minn. — A new breast imaging technique pioneered at Mayo Clinic nearly quadruples detection rates of invasive breast cancers in women with dense breast tissue, according to the results of a major study published this week in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
By Elise Viebeck - 09/30/14 02:02 PM EDT
Nearly $3.5 billion in industry payments and gifts to doctors were made public Tuesday in a new government database intended to highlight conflicts of interest.
The first round of "Sunshine Act" data includes payments as small as $10 that were made by drug and device manufacturers to clinicians and teaching hospitals.
The online system, created by the Affordable Care Act, is intended to shed light on financial ties between doctors and businesses that could influence prescriptions and other medical decisions.
The Obama administration cheered the long-delayed launch of the database, which included roughly two-thirds of the reported data, as a victory for transparency.
By Sarah Ferris - 09/12/14 02:45 PM EDT
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will spend nearly $300 million to help thousands of health centers that have struggled to meet rising demand for primary care under ObamaCare.
Nearly 1,300 facilities nationwide will receive the grants, allowing them to hire about 4,700 primary care doctors full time, according to an HHS release Friday.
Sep 12, 2014
The Joint Commission is requesting comments from medical imaging professionals on three areas outlined in its revised diagnostic imaging requirements for hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory care organizations that provide diagnostic imaging services.
The organization is seeking feedback about standards changes addressing the following areas:
- Minimum qualifications for radiologic and nuclear medicine technologists who perform computed tomography exams.
- Orientation of technologists on safe practices related to the provision of diagnostic imaging.
- Documentation of CT radiation dose.
Transcranial Doppler ultrasound is a cost-effective way to identify patients with carotid artery stenosis who are candidates for aggressive intervention, according to a study published online Sept. 16 in Radiology.
The approach used in the study, which measures cerebrovascular reserve (CVR), could help solve the issue of managing asymptomatic patients.