Radiology outsourced?

Matthew Holt thinks so, and I agree. With films going digital, insurance companies and hospitals will simply have their films read overseas - which is happening already. Of course, malpractice will be one hurdle, and the American radiologists will fight tooth and nail to prevent this from happening.

A recent NEJM study suggests that it may save lives, but there are downsides to routine chest CTs:

"Everyone knows we can pick up things better with screening," said Dr. Elliott Fishman, a professor of radiology and oncology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. "But is picking up the same thing as curing? If I pick up a tumor that is one centimeter today and you live five ...

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Sword swallowing X-rays



A bizarre collection of sword swallowing chest x-rays.

It all comes down to money, although I find this statement amusing:

The most cutting comment at Tuesday's hearing came from Rep. Charles Norwood, R-Ga., who said the imaging reimbursement cuts in the Deficit Reduction Act should be eliminated: He said the representatives from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, or MedPAC, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, who testified Tuesday "have no idea what they ...

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More evidence to clean up the expert witness system:

"The complaint raises another example of greed, fraud, in lawsuits," he said. "Here in West Virginia a radiologist was paid nearly $10 million by personal injury lawyers to allegedly doctor X-rays of potential asbestos victims."

Harron's reputation earned him a mock Academy Award for "science fiction" in March from Cohen's non-profit group.

"Junk lawsuits and bad actors like Ray ...

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Home-made x-rays

This guy found out how to do x-rays at home using a dental x-ray machine (bought on eBay) on Polaroid 600 color film.



(via kottke.org)

The detection rate of breast cancers on mammograms ranged from 29 to 97 percent in a study
"His team studied doctors' actual performance in interpreting more than 1.2 million mammograms and compared this with data from cancer registries in four states.

Doctors who interpreted 2,500 to 4,000 mammograms a year were the most accurate and had the fewest false positives, meaning they thought something was a tumour but it ...

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