When one considers the essential elements of best-in-class medical imaging, the old adage "beauty is in the eyes of the beholder" comes to mind. In the medical imaging industry, beauty and quality often go hand-in-hand since the practice is inherently visual in nature. While medical imaging professionals have traditionally defined the medical image as the primary source of quality assessment, a number of other elements contribute to quality, which in turn determines clinical outcomes.
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Brain changes after stimulant abuse appear to be more severe in women than in men, according to a publication from the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. The study used MRI to evaluate the brains of men and women who abstained from drug use, but who had been previously addicted to stimulants. The investigators found lower gray matter volumes in widespread brain regions in women who had been dependent on cocaine, amphetamines and/or methamphetamine for an average of 15.7 years as compared to controls. However, they found no significant differences between the males previously addicted to stimulants and the control group.
RadSite’s™ most recent revisions to the MIPPA Accreditation Program standards v2.2 have been approved by CMS and are now available to incoming applicants.
The MIPPA Accreditation Program (MAP) allows providers who bill CMS for CT, MRI, PET and SPECT procedures to apply for accreditation as required by the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) of 2008. Similar to other accreditation programs, MAP includes a review of personnel, policies and procedures, as well as sample clinical images and phantom studies.
The extremely small (<3 mm) brain lesions frequently identified on MRI brain scans are often considered as a benign part of “normal aging.” However, recent evidence suggests that, when present, they more than triple the risk for stroke and stroke-related death in asymptomatic middle-aged and older adults. In addition, larger lesions (3 mm or greater) increase the risk for stroke eightfold; patients with both size lesions raises the stroke risk almost ninefold.