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December 2009 Blog Posts (45)

ARRS: Submit Now for Residents in Radiology Awards!

(ARRS) -- Residents and fellows are invited to submit applications for the 2010 ARRS Residents in Radiology Awards. One award of $2,000 and two awards of $1,000 each are given for papers on the clinical application of the discipline of radiology and radiological science. The award winning papers will be presented during the 2010 ARRS Annual Meeting in San Diego on May 3.



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Added by radRounds Radiology Network on December 30, 2009 at 6:36pm — No Comments

Dilon Diagnostics Gamma-Guided Localization System Cleared by FDA

Newport News, Va., December 14, 2009— Dilon Diagnostics announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted 510(k) clearance for its lesion-localization system for molecular imaging biopsy guidance.



GammaLōc® is a complementary technology to Dilon’s cornerstone product, the Dilon 6800® Gamma Camera. The GammaLōc® (GL) system will help doctors accurately locate breast lesions and enable gamma-guided biopsies, particularly useful for patients that have findings… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on December 27, 2009 at 12:19am — No Comments

CT Technologist Salary from Aggregated Data

(SIMPLY HIRED) -- Ever wonder how much the average CT tech makes? Well, SimplyHired.com has completed a survey based on aggregated job salary data in radiology. The results demonstrate that the average salary for CT techs / jobs is approximately $47,000. Please see below for more details regarding specific salary data for CT techs.…



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Added by radRounds Radiology Network on December 26, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Kevin's Covers - Adjustable IV and Indwelling Catheter Covers (and beyond)

radRounds Radiology Network is pleased to introduce you Carolyn Grissom who has created an entire series of products that can be used by interventionalists, PICC nurses, and anyone who places intravenous lines.





Kevin’s Mom, Carolyn Grissom, made his (Kevin's) first fabric Cover Sleeve after the cap of his PICC line caught on a doorknob; the only options they were offered at the Emergency Room at Duke Medical Center was… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on December 26, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

Featured Article: MRI viability imaging for cardiomyopathies

(APPLIED RADIOLOGY) -- Prabhakar Rajiah, MD and Scott Flamm, MD



Dr. Rajiah is a Clinical Fellow, Cardiovascular Imaging Laboratory, Imaging Institute, and Dr. Flamm is Section Head, Cardiovascular ImagingLaboratory, Imaging Institute, and on the Cardiovascular Medicine staff, Heart and Vascular Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH.



Abstract: MRI plays an important role in managing patients with cardiomyopathy by determining the presence or extent of ischemic scar…
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Added by radRounds Radiology Network on December 25, 2009 at 5:45pm — No Comments

Senate Passes Health Care Reform Bill

(RESTON) -- On Dec. 24, 2009 at 7am Eastern Time, the Senate voted 60-39 in favor of their version of H.R. 3590, health care reform bill, which includes an equipment utilization rate assumption of 65 percent (up from the current 50 percent assumption).



The ACR educated Senators and staff that both the 90-95 percent rate suggested by the Administration and the 75 percent assumption in the House version of the bill were unrealistically high and secured a 30 percent reduction of the… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on December 25, 2009 at 7:30am — No Comments

Renal mass biopsies more cost-effective, prevent unnecessary procedures

(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING) -- The use of renal mass biopsy to guide treatment decisions for small renal tumors is cost-effective relative to direct surgery, and can spare many patients unnecessary surgical procedures, according to Massachusetts General Hospital researchers.



Most small renal masses are detected incidentally in imaging and their current treatment is direct surgery, said lead researcher Dr. Pari Pandharipande, a radiologist in the abdominal imaging and interventional… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on December 23, 2009 at 6:25pm — No Comments

Featured Job Posting - Interventional Radiologist needed - $375K Starting with One Year Partnership Track

A stable and congenial group of 10 radiologists based in the mountains of east Tennessee is seeking a second board-certified (ABR-MOC) interventional radiologist. The group provides services for a single 325-bed regional medical center and two free-standing imaging clinics, with all interventional work currently confined to the hospital. The diverse interventional service is currently covered by two experienced radiologists, one of which is an MOC-certified interventionalist. Both are… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on December 22, 2009 at 7:58am — No Comments

FONAR SELLS THIRD FONAR UPRIGHT MULTI-POSITION MRI TO THE CENTER FOR DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING (CDI)

FONAR Corporation (NASDAQ: FONR), The Inventor of MR Scanning, announced today that the Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI) (Minneapolis, MN) has purchased a third FONAR UPRIGHT® Multi-Position™ MRI. It is scheduled to be installed in CDI's OpenScan MRI center in Duluth, Minnesota, replacing the current low-field open-sided MRI scanner in that center.

"This is the first and only FONAR UPRIGHT® Multi-Position™ MRI scanner in Northern Minnesota," said Rick Long, Regional Vice President,… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on December 20, 2009 at 9:38pm — No Comments

Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery (IJCARS) - Letter from Editor

Dear colleague,



We are pleased to announce that the International Journal of Computer

Assisted Radiology and Surgery (IJCARS) has been accepted for indexing in

Medline and Index Medicus. This news should encourage potential authors

who intend to submit a full paper for CARS 2010 or an abstract with

possible extension to full paper at a later date.



IJCARS began with Volume 1, Number 1 in March 2006 and became eligible for

indexing in Medline by the… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on December 20, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

MRI Technologist Salary Data





MRI Technologist 25th%ile Median 75th%ile

the United States $57,281 $62,040 $66,762



(Source: Salary.com, December… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on December 20, 2009 at 3:04am — No Comments

Siemens International CT Image Contest



Check out the Siemens International CT Image Contest – "highest image quality at lowest dose"



Should a patient have a CT examination or not? The decision made is almost always a medical one. Does the potential benefit outweigh possible radiation risks for the patient?



While CT imaging entails a dose of radiation, it undoubtedly provides valuable information about our health and supports the physician in making the right… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on December 19, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

RSNA 2010: In Pursuit of Excellence - Preview and Important Dates



RSNA 2010: In Pursuit of Excellence will be held Nov. 28–Dec. 3 at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. Visit the RSNA 2010 Web site for more information as these important dates approach:



April 15 Abstract submission deadline (12:00 p.m. Central Time)



April 28 RSNA/AAPM member registration and housing open (8:30 a.m. Central Time)



May 26 Non-member registration and housing open (8:30 a.m. Central… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on December 19, 2009 at 9:05am — No Comments

Place of Service and Date of Service Instructions for the Interpretation (Professional Component) and Technical Component of Diagnostic Tests

(RESTON, VA) -- Transmittal 1823, that was issued to provide instructions on Place of Service (POS) and Date of Service (DOS) is rescinded and replaced by Transmittal 1873, which announced the delay of the implementation date for DOS requirement to July 1, 2010. While CMS previously issued the POS guidelines to submit the ZIP code for the location of the service, the DOS guideline to use the date of interpretation is new. Note: the place of service requirement in this manual remains effective… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on December 18, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

ARRS 2010 Meeting - Message from the ARRS President

Please join us for the 2010 ARRS Annual Meeting at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, CA. The meeting offers 57 CME credits and is designed to meet your educational requirements, whether you need credits in a particular subspecialty area or are interested in attending courses covering a variety of subspecialties.



The categorical course is on practical approaches to common clinical conditions. Chaired by Drs. Ruth Carlos, Yoshimi Anzai, Craig Blackmore, Paul Cronin and Santiago… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on December 17, 2009 at 8:01am — No Comments

Cardiologists boost imaging to compensate for lower DRA-related rates

(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING) -- The ability to self-refer may explain why cardiologists were better able than radiologists to adjust to Medicare rate cuts after the implementation of reimbursement reforms from the federal Deficit Reduction Act of 2005.



By delving into the Medicare Part B database, Dr. David Levin, a professor of radiology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, identified stark differences in imaging-related payment and utilization patterns for cardiologists… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on December 16, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

ACR Statement on Recent Studies Regarding CT Scans and Increased Cancer Risk

(RESTON, VA) -- Medical imaging exams have been directly linked to greater life expectancy, declines in cancer mortality rates, and are generally less expensive than the invasive procedures that they replace. However, widespread use has resulted in increased radiation exposure for Americans.



The American College of Radiology (ACR) advises that no imaging exam should be performed unless there is a clear medical benefit that outweighs any associated risk. The ACR supports the ‘as low… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on December 16, 2009 at 4:42am — No Comments

Auntminnie Case of Day - December 16th, 2009 [Link]

History: Woman with Seizures
Author: Dr. Stephen Kralik, Indiana University Department of Radiology

http://education.auntminnie.com/qmachine.asp?UID=2IK0Y6J8&userid=johnsmith6

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on December 16, 2009 at 4:39am — No Comments

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