ACR urges radiologists to help avoid massive ultrasound reimbursement cuts from CMS

The American College of Radiology (ACR) is urging the radiology community and other medical professionals to help the ACR get rid of $112 million in cuts to Medicare ultrasound reimbursement by sending invoices to the ACR that reflect the actual cost to purchase ultrasound equipment, according to a recent ACR news release. 

Providing detailed information on AI systems can address patient concerns

Despite AI’s potential in healthcare, major ethical concerns—like consent, transparency and responsibility—still surround the technology and its use in medicine. To address those concerns, Georgia researchers are encouraging physicians and healthcare companies to provide detailed information on AI systems to mitigate concerns patients may have with the technology. 

DBT, synthetic mammography earn high marks in breast cancer screening trial

Implementing digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) in a breast cancer screening program increases both sensitivity and specificity, according to new research published in Radiology. The authors also observed that synthetic mammography (SM) may be able to replace digital mammography (DM) in breast cancer screening, though more research is needed.

Ultrasound-guided placement of central line catheters shown cost-effective

Researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago have found that, per procedure, using ultrasound with electrocardiography to guide insertions of central venous catheters via the arm is only somewhat less costly than the conventional method, external measurements with confirmatory chest x-rays. However, the savings can add up over time.