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More Than Half of Medicare Imaging Payments Made to Nonrads

Across the U.S., more than 50% of Medicare payments for diagnostic imaging services are made to nonradiologists, suggests new research presented on Tuesday at the RSNA annual meeting.

In fact, Medicare payments to nonradiologists for diagnostic imaging exceeds those to radiologists in 71% of states in the U.S., said Dr. David Rosman of Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Rapid Growth of Advanced Imaging Use Is Over, Study Finds

Nationwide Medicare data show that rapid growth in the use of advanced imaging in the U.S. has stopped, according to a presentation given on Tuesday at the RSNA meeting.  “Imaging has been widely perceived to be a major cost driver, growing too rapidly and often overused or unnecessary,” said presenter Dr. David C. Levin of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. “But anecdotal reports from various sources have suggested that advanced imaging is no longer growing.”

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Ontario Nuclear Reactor, Major Producer of Medical Isotopes, Resumes Operations

The aging Chalk River nuclear reactor was back up and running on Saturday after an unplanned shut down which had triggered worries of a possible medical isotope shortage. Atomic Energy of Canada Limited said repairs had to be made to the fuel rod flask – which fuels and de-fuels the reactor. “The Fuel Rod Flask was returned to service during the evening of November 22,” it said in a statement issued Saturday. “AECL has begun processing and will resume supplying molybdenum-99 to its customer, Nordion Inc., over the weekend.”

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GE Healthcare Initiates New Round of Milwaukee-area Layoffs

GE Healthcare has initiated a new round of layoffs at its Milwaukee-area and Madison operations that will result in a reduction of up to 1.5 percent of its Wisconsin work force, or as many as 50 jobs in the Milwaukee area.

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