- Interoperability

It’s a question often posed by thought-leaders and end-users in the imaging community: What prevents health IT from working as seamlessly, and with as much interoperability, as the technology that drives banking, travel or e-commerce?

 - One-third of CT installed base must be replaced to avoid Medicare penalties

Before January 2016, an estimated one-third of the outpatient installed CT base will need to be replaced if providers wish to avoid the 5% penalty Medicare will levy on scans acquired with outdated CT technology.

 - U.S. Congress

In a landmark achievement for the American College of Radiology, Congress passed legislation that preserves physician reimbursement for 12 months and requires them to consult appropriateness criteria prior to ordering advanced imaging for Medicare patients.

 - Faulty Radiology Devices Propel Doubling of Medical Device Recalls

The number of annual medical device recalls increased by 97 percent between 2003 and 2012, and radiology devices played a leading role in the growth trend, according to a report from the Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

 - hourglass brain

The FDA has approved a new agent for the analysis of beta-amyloid neuritic plaque density in cognitive-impaired adult patients under evaluation for Alzheimer’s disease.