Feb 20, 2014 — CT scans are good at finding cancer, but their hefty dose of X-rays increases the risk of future cancers. Children are especially vulnerable. A new form of MRI can find tumors without radiation.
Jan 28, 2013 — Telling doctors how much a CT scan of the head would cost didn't have an effect on the number of scans ordered during a study at a big teaching hospital. It will take more than disclosing costs to control spending on radiology costs, a study suggests.
Jun 6, 2012 — CT scans provide exquisite pictures of what's happening inside the body, but they use a lot more radiation than standard X-rays. A British study details the future cancer risks from CT scans of children.
May 9, 2012 — The Food and Drug Administration is proposing that manufacturers of X-ray machines and CT scanners do more to protect children from radiation exposure. If companies don't take steps to limit X-ray doses, the agency may require a label on their new equipment recommending it not be used on children.
Apr 10, 2012 — Researchers conclude that spiral CT, which makes 3-D pictures of lungs, could reduce lung cancer deaths by 35 percent at a cost of $19,000 to $26,000 per year of life saved. The findings apply to people at high risk for developing lung cancer.
Mar 27, 2012 — Some insurers and employers are trying cash to reward employees who choose less expensive health care services. Under one program, nearly 40 services are covered, including mammograms and colonoscopies, knee replacements and cataract surgery.
Nov 16, 2011 — A Texas law signed by Gov. Rick Perry made it mandatory for health insurers to reimburse patients up to $200 for CT scans and ultrasound tests to look for heart trouble. Texas, it turns out, is No. 4 in the nation when it comes health insurance mandates.