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12/9/2019

A study published in The Journal of Rheumatology found that MRI and ultrasound imaging were both responsive to outcome measures in psoriatic arthritis. Using data from 85 patients in the Tight Control of Psoriatic Arthritis, or TICOPA, substudy, researchers found significant associations between ultrasound baseline and change scores and MRI, as well as between baseline PsA disease activity scores and MRI global inflammation measurements.

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12/9/2019

A study published in The Lancet found that accelerated partial-breast irradiation was linked to a 3% risk of cancer recurrence at 8.6 years' follow-up, compared with 2.8% risk in patients who received whole-breast radiation treatment. Using data from 2,135 women at least 40 years old, researchers also found that 32% of women treated with APBI had moderate toxicity, compared with 13% of patients treated with whole-breast radiation, and APBI patients reported worse cosmetic outcomes.

12/9/2019

A study presented at the Radiological Society of North America's annual meeting found that MRI-guided thrombolysis for patients who have had an acute ischemic stroke can lead to an estimated additional 0.65 quality-adjusted life years and about $20,000 long-term savings per patient. The study used data from 503 randomized patients and the WAKE-UP trial.

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12/9/2019

Researchers who used PET found that individuals with coronary heart disease who practiced transcendental meditation in addition to cardiac rehabilitation and those who practiced meditation alone had a 20.7% and 12.8% increase in myocardial blood flow, respectively, compared with a 5.8% increase among those who received cardiac rehab alone and a 10.3% decline among those who received standard treatment. The findings in a nuclear cardiology journal suggest that meditation be considered in heart health programs, but more studies are needed, said study co-author Dr. Robert Schneider.

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12/9/2019

Lung injuries linked to vaping have now been reported in all 50 states, with 2,291 hospitalization cases and 48 fatalities, according to the CDC. Because of the rising number of cases, the CDC said it has decided to only report incidents that require hospitalization.

12/9/2019

A letter sent to House and Senate leaders and written by nearly 900 physicians, including those from radiology practices, raised concerns over surprise medical bill proposals that could "disproportionally impact small physician groups and the care we provide to your constituents." The group called for the adoption of an independent dispute resolution process and of "enforceable network adequacy protections" for plans under federal regulation, and also suggested the creation of a policy "that keeps costs contained, preserves access to care for patients, and will not disrupt contracting dynamics between physicians and insurers who attempt to negotiate in good faith."

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12/9/2019

The Department of Defense will now cover digital breast tomosynthesis for breast cancer screenings for service members and their families, according to a letter sent to Congress by Assistant Secretary of Defense Thomas McCaffery. Tricare will offer provisional DBT coverage on or after Jan. 1 and will ensure full coverage sometime in 2020.

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Radiology Business
12/9/2019

Researchers at the Radiological Society of North America's annual meeting said areas of cardiac MRI, such as double oblique imaging planes, phase contrast for flow and myocardial inversion time, can be optimized using artificial technology. Lead researcher Albert Hsiao presented an AI model he and colleagues developed and are working to integrate into clinical procedures.

12/9/2019

Rape survivors such as Cate Smithson are being billed by hospitals for testing kits even though state and federal laws ban the practice. Smithson received help from social worker Jennifer Wyse, who contacted the hospital multiple times on her behalf to resolve the problem and set in motion events that resulted in the New York Attorney General investigating.

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12/9/2019

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a law establishing training standards for therapy dogs. The state's commissioner of agriculture and markets will coordinate with stakeholders to create guidance for facilities and trainers.