A team of researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Boston Children’s Hospital have developed one of the first-of-its-kind software methods for converting 3D MRI scans into tangible, handheld models to plan heart surgeries. Two major conclusions of this project are that: 1) Routine use of 3D heart models for surgical planning is possible, and 2) active learning approaches in which the user annotates uncertain regions of interest (ROI) can further reduce segmentation time.
Traumatic brain injury and mild traumatic brain injury (TBI and mTBI) are serious issues. Nearly 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries occur in the United States each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury and Prevention Control. Studies have shown that TBI accounts for over 50,000 deaths each year in the U.S. and over 70,000 patients with permanent neurological damage.
About a year ago, CMS approved reimbursements for low-dose CT (LDCT) for lung cancer in Medicare patients (provided the patient meets certain criteria). This was big news because it is the first time that Medicare paid for lung cancer screening, and because lung cancer is a leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. Medicare coverage includes a visit for counseling and shared decision-making on the benefits and risks of lung cancer screening. With pulmonologists and imaging centers gearing up to provide these screenings, a mixed bag of opinions and perceptions are emerging. As uncertainty and misperceptions abound, one thing is clear: more education is needed by physicians and patients alike to ensure that LDCT can provide the intended results.
At RadSite, we understand that a functional and efficient user portal is an important part of any accreditation program. That being said, we are very excited to announce that we have released a completely redesigned version of RadSite’s online accreditation application portal and software to support the MIPPA Accreditation Program (MAP)!
Technologists in the diagnostic imaging field can receive credentials based on any specialties they pursue. This blog explores the major credentialing organizations.