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    1. Is the eye the window to the brain? How gadolinium is changing the field of cerebrovascular imaging

      Is the eye the window to the brain? How gadolinium is changing the field of cerebrovascular imaging

      Gadolinium could be doing a lot more for cerebrovascular patients than previously thought. According to a group of researchers at the National Institutes for Health, the chemical agent could highlight not just abnormalities in routine brain MRIs, but identify the severity of incident stroke. Gadolinium has long played a critical role in clinicians’ understanding of pathologic processes, and that will likely continue to be the case, senior author Richard Leigh, MD, and colleagues wrote in Neurology this week. Though the chemical might be commonplace in the clinical setting, Leigh said the ties between the agent, eye health and stroke indicators ...

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    2. Is it appropriate? 3 sources of wasteful imaging in Washington state

      Is it appropriate? 3 sources of wasteful imaging in Washington state

      Over the course of a single year, $282 million was spent on wasteful healthcare in Washington state, according to a new report published by the Washington Health Alliance. Unnecessary imaging services made up a significant amount of that total. The report, “First, Do No Harm: Calculating Health Care Waste in Washington State,” examined insurance claims data for services provided between July 2015 and June 2016. The Washington Health Alliance ran the data through its Health Waste Calculator tool, which was “designed to help identify and quantify overused health care services as defined by national initiatives such as the Choosing Wisely ...

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