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Update on Medicare requirements for staff performing bone densitometry
AHEC
Many questions have been raised over the past several weeks about the training and qualifications of personnel performing bone densitometry after several facilities received letters of denial upon submission of Medicare Enrollment application CMS-855B.

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Leading the way: Specialty training and private tutorials
AHEC
AHEC always puts the client in the driver's seat. You speak, we listen. What are your practice gaps? We will find the experts to fill those gaps. Can't meet our regular schedule? We will come to you or schedule a private tutorial. Don't see the imaging procedure to add to your tool box? Ask! We design custom training. Now, we can't do everything, but we don't say "no" very often.

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2017 spotlight on OB ultrasound training
AHEC
Spring weather has assisted many travelers to fly South to obtain training in OB/Gyn ultrasound. AHEC has hosted multiple training events this quarter with the January and February classes closing at full registration. The training classes for OB/Gyn spend one half of the training time utilizing the ultrasound equipment and volunteer patients in real-time scanning. The Center is fortunate to have multiple referral sources that send their normal patients to get a routine scan at no charge. This is extremely helpful to patients who have no insurance or cannot afford the fees.

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Researchers use CT scans to personalize high blood pressure treatment
Radiology Life
Analyzing data drawn from a national study, researchers at Johns Hopkins found evidence that using heart CT scans can help physicians to personalize treatment for patients whose blood pressure falls into the "gray zone" of blood pressure that's just above normal or mildly high. In previous cases, treatment for these patients consisted of risk calculation and some intuitive guesswork from the physician.

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  UC Davis's EXPLORER program takes aim at full-body PET scanner
Radiology Life
The EXPLORER consortium, based out of UC-Davis, aims to build a revolutionary total-body PET (positron emission tomography) scanner and has announced the selection of two industry partners to help build the prototype device.

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Taking care of logistics can reduce errors in emergency radiology
Aunt Minnie
Errors in medicine have become headline news in recent years, and legal action against physicians for alleged malpractice in every specialty is an increasing problem in all industrialized countries. Radiology is not exempt from this phenomenon. Emergency radiologists must, therefore, learn how best to safeguard their practice against human error and champion processes that will prevent systematic flaws.

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