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2014 Medicare Payment Cuts for Radiology Services

July 29, 2014 by Andy Salmen

Radiology payment changes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its 2014 hospital outpatient prospective payment system updates late last year. Unfortunately for radiology professionals, there was a decrease in many different kinds of imaging procedures that will have an economic impact on the field.[read more]

X-Ray Dosimeter Improves Radiation Dose Management in Real-Time: Or, How a Little Badge Provides Real-Time Radiation Dose Data

April 1, 2014 by Siemens Healthcare

x-ray dosimeter

When Dr. Tobias Struffert prepares for an intervention, he dons his scrubs along with the film dosimeter and his lead apron, and then clips on an additional item: a 4 x 4 centimeter badge with a yellow bird printed on it. The badge is part of RaySafe i2TM, an active dosimetry system.[read more]

Customer Service Portal for Medical Equipment Saves Time and Work

March 31, 2014 by Siemens Healthcare

medical scanner

If you are wondering how to manage the performance and maintenance of various medical scanners, biomedical engineer Tobias Schröer from St. Johannes Hospital in Dortmund, Germany, can offer helpful insights. His greatest challenge at the moment is to network 35 different scanners into a common imaging repository.[read more]

Teleradiology Providing an Increasing Number of Opportunities to Europe

March 14, 2014 by Rich Pulvino

teleradiology / shutterstock

In January 2014, the European Society of Radiology (ESR) updated its white paper about best practices in tele radiology. The ESR found that teleradiology is bringing new opportunities for both the users of the services and the providers. The main goals behind the white paper were broken down into five key messages.[read more]

ESR’S EuroSafe Imaging: Supporting and Strengthening Medical Radiation Protection

March 12, 2014 by Rich Pulvino

EuroSafe Imaging

Cumulative patient radiation doses have reached levels never seen before, and these levels have resulted in cases of overexposure. This being the case, ESR has made a splash with its new initiative, EuroSafe Imaging–a mission “to support and strengthen medical radiation protection across Europe following a holistic, inclusive approach.”[read more]

Eight of the Funniest ICD-10 Codes

March 5, 2014 by Andy Salmen

The new ICD-10 medical billing codes that go into effect October 1, 2014, are totally replacing the current ICD-9 codes. Most of the new codes are straightforward and helpful. On the other hand, it appears that there are some new codes that will make anyone laugh. Here are some that may be particularly humorous to orthopedists and radiologists.[read more]

ACR's Teleradiology White Paper: What It Means for the Industry [VIDEO]

January 29, 2014 by Erica Carnevale

David Willcutts

The ACR white paper about best practices in teleradiology that was published in 2013 has been a popular discussion topic over the past several months. David Willcutts, CEO of ONRAD, a radiology services provider based in California, spoke with us about the teleradiology white paper and what he sees as the most important points.[read more]

Are Radiologists Not Getting Paid for ED Procedures?

January 28, 2014 by Andy Salmen

It's a simple fact that the only way to maintain a practice is to be compensated for procedures. Unfortunately, according to a recent study presented at the Radiological Society of North America's annual conference in Chicago, over a quarter of ED radiological services were completely uncompensated from 2009 to 2012.[read more]

An Indian Hospital on the Fast Track

January 28, 2014 by Siemens Healthcare

PSG Hospitals

PSG Hospitals is a medical college and hospital in Coimbatore, India. When Dr. Kamal K. Sen started working at PSG in 2009, he decided to make a few changes. His first step was to switch from analog to digital radiography (DR). Watch this short film to learn more.[read more]

SaaS Firm Crowdfunds "People-Focused" Image Sharing

January 25, 2014 by Deanna Pogorelc

Image sharing (MyMedImage)

Instead of patients carrying CDs or printouts of ultrasounds, MRIs, PET scans, mammograms and other diagnostic images from doctor to doctor, MyMedImage wants to enable them to manage, share and store their own images — and to do it for free. That’s a lofty goal.[read more]

Why Multi-Media Reporting Is a Necessity in Today's Medical Imaging Industry

January 13, 2014 by Cristine Kao

Multimedia reporting in medical imaging

When we say “multi-media reporting,” we are talking about the inclusion of information beyond words and numbers—images and even videos that can better tell the full story of a patient’s medical imaging history. As stated before, reporting and data is now a necessity in the radiology world.[read more]

Five Ideas the Medical Imaging World Will Be Implementing in 2014

January 7, 2014 by Erica Carnevale

Medical imaging in 2014

A new year means it is time to turn a new leaf. However, in the medical imaging world, this leaf may not be as new as we think. In 2013, many trends, topics, and ideas became part of the industry’s vernacular. While these trends gained traction through highly publicized research, 2014 will be the year of implementation.[read more]