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ICD-10 codes and complexity in head CT exams
ICD-10 codes used for reimbursement of interpreting head CT exams do not appropriately reflect patient complexity and that may have implications on valuation, suggests a study from the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute published online May 10, 2019. This may be particularly true for head CTs ordered for emergency department patients with complex injuries.

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GI-RADS: A valuable tool to improve ultrasound reporting of adnexal masses
GI-RADS is an advantageous tool for radiologists to diagnose and report adnexal masses when performing pelvic ultrasound examinations. Researchers in Egypt reported that GI-RADS decreased inconsistency in interpretation of adnexal masses and increased the sensitivity of ultrasound for the categorization of adnexal masses.

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MRI T1 relaxation times for abdominal organs of pediatric patients
MRI T1 mapping offers a method to assess solid organ parenchymal disease, including fibrosis and potentially inflammation. Adult normal values for abdominal T1 relaxation times exist, but those for pediatric patients do not. Radiologists from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital studied healthy children to measure T1 relaxation times of the liver, pancreas, and spleen.

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Breast density measures improve Tyrer-Cuzick breast cancer risk model
Breast cancer risk stratification models can help radiologists identify high risk women who may benefit from additional imaging exams. An international, multi-institutional team of breast imaging specialists hypothesized that measurement of breast density added to an established risk stratification model would increase its accuracy.

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2019 ATS: Dynamic digital radiology technology enhances dyspnea diagnoses
DDR technology may help radiologists better assess undifferentiated dyspnea, according to research at the American Thoracic Society’s annual meeting held in May. Clinicians from Mount Sinai St. Luke’s/West in New York City conducted a study of 43 patients that compared the results of DDR with digital chest radiology, CT, and pulmonary function testing.

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PET-CT score to diagnose malignant pleural effusion
Researchers from Beijing, China, have developed and validated a method to differentiate malignant pleural effusion (MPE) from benign pleural effusion. They describe a simple-to-use PET/CT score that uses PET-CT parameters in an article published in the July issue of the European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.

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