MRIs Linked to Wasteful Healthcare Spending

Use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) climbed more than 350 percent between 1996 and 2010 a study published by the American College of Radiology (ACR) found, adding millions to healthcare costs without always delivering assumed value. Cases in point: knee and shoulder MRIs done without prior radiographs and stand-alone MRIs to find causes of back pain.

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FBI Warns Healthcare Companies About Hacker Threat

The FBI has issued a warning that hackers are actively targeting the healthcare industry, reports Reuters. The announcement follows the recent attack on hospital group Community Health Systems, which put the personal information of about 4.5 million patients at risk.

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Decade of Lung CAD Brings Insight, but Little Daily Use

Computer-aided detection (CAD) is known to boost radiologist performance in the detection of lung nodules, and radiologists certainly need the help. But despite a decade of fine-tuning and some powerful new capabilities, CAD systems haven’t found a place in daily practice at most imaging facilities.

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General Electric Wants to Act Like a Startup

In a Manhattan office, a small team of engineers, marketers, and product designers is plotting the future of medical devices. With hopes of “disrupting” the market, the group is using a limited budget to streamline the development of a new PET/CT scanner while addressing customer concerns over price, performance, and ease of use.

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