Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Radiology for June 2018. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Practice Management Can Improve Efficiency

FRIDAY, June 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Providers can take practical steps to improve practice efficiency and increase insurance reimbursement, according to an article published in Dermatology Times.

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AMA Calls for Electronic Health Record Training

FRIDAY, June 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The American Medical Association (AMA) is calling on medical schools and residency programs to incorporate electronic health record (EHR) training into their curricula.

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Radiomic Model Approach for Characterizing Nodules Promising

THURSDAY, June 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A radiomic low-dose computed tomography (LDCT)-based approach is promising for indeterminate screen-detected nodule characterization, according to a study published online May 14 in PLOS One.

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Health Care Technology Impacts Younger Patient Satisfaction

THURSDAY, June 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Health care communication technology is a determinant of patient satisfaction in younger patients, according to a report published by Black Book Market Research LLC.

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Mercury Released From Amalgam Fillings After High-Power MRI

WEDNESDAY, June 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Mercury is released from amalgam fillings after exposure to 7.0 Tesla (T) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), according to a study published online June 26 in Radiology.

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Higher Cancer Rates Confirmed in Women With Dense Breasts

TUESDAY, June 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Women with dense breasts have a higher rate of recall, higher rates of screen-detected and interval breast cancers, and more lymph node-positive disease, according to a study published online June 26 in Radiology.

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Authors Explore Overdiagnosis in Cancer Screening

TUESDAY, June 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Recommendations for defining, estimating, and communicating overdiagnosis in cancer screening are discussed in a special article published online June 25 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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AMA Adopts Ethical Guidance on Medical Tourism

TUESDAY, June 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The American Medical Association (AMA) recently adopted new ethical guidelines on medical tourism to help physicians understand their responsibilities when interacting with patients who seek or have received medical care outside the United States.

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Study Compares Treatment Options for T1a Renal Cancer

TUESDAY, June 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Percutaneous ablation (PA) is associated with oncologic outcomes that are similar to those of radical nephrectomy (RN) and may be associated with fewer complications than nephron-sparing partial nephrectomy (PN) for patients with stage T1a renal cell carcinoma (RCC), according to a study published online June 25 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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AMA: Docs Declare Drug Shortages Public Health Emergency

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — At the annual meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA), physicians adopted policy declaring drug shortages an urgent public health crisis.

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Stress Echo Safe for ER Triage of Patients With Chest Pain

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For patients presenting to the emergency department with chest pain, a smaller proportion are hospitalized after undergoing stress echocardiography (SE) versus coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA), according to a study published online June 13 in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging.

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Many Childhood CA Survivors Not Concerned About Future Health

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A substantial number of adult childhood cancer survivors are unconcerned about their future health and subsequent cancer risks, according to a study published online June 25 in Cancer.

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Handheld Device Can ID Cardiac Dysfunction in Cancer Survivors

FRIDAY, June 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A novel handheld mHealth platform (Vivio) can accurately detect cardiac dysfunction in anthracycline-exposed childhood cancer survivors, according to a study published online June 21 in Clinical Cancer Research.

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More Cash-Pay Patients Means Docs Need Billing Strategies

THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — More patients are paying for health care services with cash, and this means physician practices need a comprehensive billing policy, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

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Considerable Costs Associated With Switching EHR

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Switching electronic health record (EHR) systems can result in increased efficiency and productivity gains, but there are significant costs associated with the switch, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

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Rates of Cardiac Stress Testing Down but Still Higher in CKD

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — From 2008 to 2012 there was a decrease in overall rates of cardiac stress testing in Medicare beneficiaries, though rates were consistently higher for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) than those without CKD, according to a study published online June 13 in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging.

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AMA Vows to Improve Access for Docs Seeking Mental Health Care

MONDAY, June 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The American Medical Association (AMA) recently adopted a policy aimed at improving physician access to mental health care in response to physician depression, burnout, and suicide.

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Amyloid PET Tied to Diagnostic Changes in Memory Clinic Cohort

MONDAY, June 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For an unselected memory clinic cohort, amyloid positron emission tomography (PET) results are associated with changes in etiology, diagnostic confidence, and patient treatment, according to a study published online June 11 in JAMA Neurology.

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How Do Business Partner Data Breaches Affect Your Practice?

TUESDAY, June 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Data breaches affecting health care systems or their partners need to be addressed quickly, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

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White Matter Hyperintensities in RCVS Vary Over Time

TUESDAY, June 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — White matter hyperintense lesions (WMHs) in patients with reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS) change over time in a manner that parallels disease severity, according to a study published online June 4 in JAMA Neurology.

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Prostate Cancer Treatment Side Effects Linked to Distress

FRIDAY, June 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For prostate cancer survivors, dysfunction due to treatment side effects has a bidirectional association with emotional distress, according to a study published in the June issue of The Journal of Urology.

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Malpractice Damage Caps Associated With Change in CAD Testing, Tx

FRIDAY, June 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Following adoption of damage caps, physicians alter their approach to coronary artery disease testing and follow-up after initial ischemic evaluations, according to a study published online June 6 in JAMA Cardiology.

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Compression + Early Ablation Tied to Faster Leg Ulcer Healing

THURSDAY, June 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Early endovenous ablation of superficial venous reflux results in faster healing of venous leg ulcers and more time free from ulcers, compared with deferring endovenous ablation until after ulcer healing, according to a study published in the May 31 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Online Consumer Ratings of Physicians Tend to Be Skewed

WEDNESDAY, June 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Online physician reviews tend to be skewed positively, according to a study published in the May issue of the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

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CDC: Prevalence of No Insurance Varies by Occupational Groups

WEDNESDAY, June 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The prevalence of being uninsured varies by occupational groups, according to research published in the June 1 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Many Breast Cancer Survivors Do Not Undergo Annual Surveillance

MONDAY, June 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A considerable proportion of breast cancer survivors do not undergo annual surveillance breast imaging, according to a study published in the May issue of the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

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