Technique IDs low-level musculoskeletal inflammation without contrast | Ultrasound makes sense for breast cancer screening, doc argues | Predicting coronary artery disease better with CAC, study says
February 19, 2015
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Clinical Advancements in Sonography
Technique IDs low-level musculoskeletal inflammation without contrast
Superb Micro-Vascular Imaging is a new kind of Doppler ultrasound that proved superior to power Doppler ultrasound for identifying low-grade musculoskeletal inflammation, according to research presented at the Radiological Society of North America meeting. The new imaging technique provides better imaging of microvasculature without use of a contrast agent. (free registration) (2/17)
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Ultrasound makes sense for breast cancer screening, doc argues
All women -- especially those with dense breasts -- should have access to breast ultrasound to screen for cancer, writes patient advocate Dr. Elaine Schattner. Ultrasound is a radiation-free, quick and reliable tool when performed and interpreted by experienced, well-trained clinicians. Trials have sought to determine precise cost-effectiveness of various approaches to screening, but Schattner argues that for women whose lives could be at stake, the evidence speaks for itself: "At some point, common sense should enter the picture. In 2015 the added value of ultrasound seems clear enough," she writes. Forbes (2/16)
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Predicting coronary artery disease better with CAC, study says
Adding coronary artery calcium imaging to the Framingham Risk Score and exercise and stress tests can lead to better long-term predictions of risk for coronary artery disease, researchers wrote in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging. The study involved patients who were asymptomatic or symptomatic but at low risk, without a history of coronary artery disease. Addition of CAC led to reclassification of risk in about half of study participants. Medscape (free registration) (2/10)
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Getting Paid: How to Get Customers to Pay Up
Dealing with the money isn't fun, but it's a necessary evil for staying in business. While every business has their ups and downs, the key to positive cash flow is collecting payments in full and on time to keep the cash coming in as predictably as possible. Seem impossible? Learn how these small-business owners did it.

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ECRI Institute warns of dangers of health care technology
The ECRI Institute has released a list of the top 10 dangers tied to health care technology. Clinical alarm hazards ranked first, followed by inaccuracies in patient data. Also, in radiology, "dose creep" is a concern. The term refers to gradual increases in radiation dose to improve the quality of diagnostic images. (2/16)
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Earn Up to 42 CME Credits Immediately
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Practice News Advertisement
Simple tools, exercises can relieve physical stress of sonography
The physical demands on sonographers can be an unexpected challenge for some, but echocardiographer Doug Wuebben and strength and performance coach Mark Roozen have a prescription for pain relief and muscle relaxation. They advocate use of foam rollers and other tools that serve the same purpose for tough-to-access muscle groups to alleviate the discomfort associated with the demanding work of sonography. (free registration) (2/17)
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Health care job security index rises
The Randstad Healthcare Employee Confidence Index, a measure of job security and confidence in the health sector, grew to 57 in the fourth quarter last year from 54.3 in the third quarter. More health care employees had positive views about their ability to find a new job and the overall economy. (2/16)
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12 states consider Interstate Medical Licensure Compact
Federation of State Medical Boards CEO Dr. Humayun Chaudhry said the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact has been introduced in 12 state legislatures and has the endorsement of 26 state medical and osteopathic boards since it was released late last year. The licensure model is designed to make it easier for physicians to practice medicine and engage in telehealth across state lines. HealthLeaders Media (2/16)
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Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

Patient Care in MedicineAdvertisement
Use of digital health tools may improve patients' health
Thirteen percent of diabetes patients who frequently used digital tools and technology to manage their condition reported excellent overall health, compared with 4% of those who rarely used technology and 2% of nonusers, a poll of 2,000 patients indicated. (2/13)
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Legislative & Regulatory Update
CBO: Cost of replacing SGR could be $174.5B over 10 years
A report from the Congressional Budget Office found replacing Medicare's sustainable growth rate formula for physician payment could cost the U.S. $174.5 billion over a decade. Legislation to do so was introduced in both houses of Congress last year. (2/13)
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Editor's Note
Tuesday's SmartQuote, credited to Hannah Szenes, should have identified her as a Hungarian-born paratrooper for the British forces. Szenes was part of a group of Jewish soldiers parachuted into Yugoslavia by the British army to help rescue Hungarian Jews there.
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Apply now for the Spring PVI examination administration
The application period for the spring examination administration of the Physicians' Vascular Interpretation (PVI) examination is open now through March 23. The examination administration dates are April 21-May 21. Apply now!
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Prepare for the PVI examination -- Review new advanced item type questions
The new, patent-pending Picture Archive and Communication Simulation (PACSim) questions/items are designed to simulate an interpretation workstation experience relevant to actual present-day medical practice. Learn more!
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Who's Hiring?
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Ultrasound TechnologistCarson Tahoe HealthCarson City, NV
Ultrasound Tech, On-CallTRA Medicial ImagingTacoma, WA
SonographerDelta County Memorial HospitalDelta, CO
ADVANCED SONOGRAPHERMedStar Washington Hospital CenterWashington, DC
Ultrasound TechnologistDoctors Hospital at RenaissanceEdinburg, TX
Advanced Fetal Care CoordinatorMedical University of South CarolinaCharleston, SC
Perinatal Sonographer IIMedical University of South CarolinaCharleston, SC
SonographerOutpatient Imaging AffiliatesWinston Salem, NC
Vascular Technologist wantedVein ConsultantsOrlando, Ocala, The Villages, FL
MFM SonographerRocky Mountain PerinatologyFort Collins, CO
Ultrasound Program CoordinatorGurnick Academy of Medical ArtsFresno, CA
Ultrasound Tech Obstetrics for Maternal Fetal Associates of The Mid-Atalntic, Northern VirginaiaMaternal Fetal Associates of The Mid-AtalnticReston, VA
UltraSound TechTRA Medicial ImagingTacoma, WA
GENERAL/VASCULAR and CARDIAC Sonographers!Medical Testing NOWPortland, OR
Click here to view more job listings.
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-- Henry David Thoreau,
writer and naturalist
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