Breast Awareness Campaign 2011
| Monday, 05 September 2011 11:16 |
Please find attached the list of those practices participating in the 2011 breast awareness campaign.
Your participation is greatly appreciated.
Breast Awareness Participation vers 3 (37 kB)
Invitation to Professor Leonie Scholtz - Cardiac MRI Lecture
| Thursday, 04 August 2011 13:27 |
Professor Leonie Scholtz is giving a lecture on Cardiac MRI and would like to extend an invitation to all Radiologists:
Date: 18 August 2011
Time: 08:15 - 09:15
Venue: HW Snyman Building North ,University of Pretoria
RSSA Position Statement re: Ragiographers Injecting Contrast
| Tuesday, 28 June 2011 11:00 |
Please click on the link below to view the RSSA position statement re: Radiographers injecting contrast.
RSSA Position Statement on the Injecting of Contrast
| Friday, 27 May 2011 14:00 |
We are performing routine maintenance on the RSSA website until 31st May 2011. Consequently users might experience access problems.
The public section of the website will remain active.
We apologise for any inconvenience.
RSSA - Secretariat
RSSA Essentials in MDCT/CTA Course: 26 - 28 AUGUST 2011
| Monday, 16 May 2011 13:29 |
The following 2011 RSSA Travel Award and Poster Prizes will be awarded at the RSSA Essentials in MDCT/CTA Course:
1. The RSSA Travel Award.
- The R 40,000.00 prize is for the best paper presented by a registrar or junior radiologist not more than 5 years qualified.
- The winner must use to prize money to attend an overseas course or congress of own choice within a year and submit a report that will be published in the SAJR.
2. Poster Awards :
- RSSA First Prize: R15,000.00
- Discovery Second Prize: R10,000.00
- RSSA Third Prize: R5,000.00
The topics for submission are unrestricted.
The deadline for submission is 30 June 2011.
Please visit http://www.rssa2011ctcourse.co.za/ for more information.
RSSA: March 2011 - Appropriate billing
| Tuesday, 22 March 2011 15:48 |
In follow up to the November 2010 “Appropriate billing” letter (20101111 billing letter to practices 2010.pdf), the following have since been brought to my attention:
- There are still practices that do all, or virtually all MRI brain studies, pre-and post contrast. This falls far outside the norm in South Africa where the incidence of contrast MRI Brain studies is approximately 20-25% of all brain studies done and is also far outside the norms supported by international practice standards.
- In spite of the plea for circumspection when it comes to the billing of brain plus diffusion studies, there are still practices where this is billed in virtually every MRI study of the brain performed in these particular practices.
- In spite of all the concerns regarding unnecessary radiation exposure, over and above the unnecessary costs incurred, there are still practices where triphasic studies of the abdomen and liver are used as the routine CT examination study of the abdomen.
- The venous Doppler code for DVT is: 70230. However, there are practices whom persist in using 70240 for DVT cases. The use of code 70240 is limited to cases where vein mapping for donor venous grafts or for planning of varicose vein surgery, where perforators need to be identified, is required. There are once again a few practices whom persist in using 70240 for all venous Doppler studies.
- As was previously explained in the November 2010 note, code 20220 is the designated code for arterial studies of the neck (carotid Doppler) which includes evaluation both of the carotid and vertebral arterial systems, specifically in suspected atherosclerotic disease. The use of code 20230 is limited to cases where pre-surgical or pre-interventional procedure evaluation of the extra-cranial vasculature in cases of trans-dural vascular malformations, is required.
- Code 40110 (chest + erect and supine abdomen) has become the routine study of the abdomen in some practices where the clinical request is only to exclude or confirm the presence of faecal loading or urinary tract stones. A single abdominal view is adequate in the vast majority of these cases.
- Code 30120 (chest + additional views) is also becoming the routine in some practices where a chest X-ray is requested. If an extra view to see the bases or the apices is required because the Radiographer cut either of these off on the initial film, or the patient is tall, this does not qualify as an additional view. The additional view code is only to be used for decubitus views and in the few cases where dedicated apical or reverse apical views are required.
I am constantly consulted by the medical advisors and the administrators of various funders regarding the above practice specific behavior patterns, which fall well outside the norm and which I cannot defend on any clinical grounds.
Please read the code of conduct section on the RSSA website: www.rssa.co.za We should all try to practice according to these principles where the interest of the patient comes first and last in all respects.
I am aware that local conditions vary from site to site and these influence the method of practice at a particular site. I am not aware of any justifiable circumstances that necessitate the exceptional variation in billing patterns, when compared to the rest of the country, or the insistence to bill for codes outside of their intended use. If funders decide to treat these practices differently regarding payment or to advise their patients not to use these practices, i.e. black list these practices, I will have no grounds to challenge their decisions.
MRI scans of patients with intracranial manifestations
| Tuesday, 15 February 2011 13:12 |
As part of a research project, I need MRI scans of patients with intracranial manifestations of the following conditions:
- Cerebral Malaria
- Sepsis - without DIC
- Thrombotic thrombocytopaenic purpura (TTP)
- Diffuse traumatic brain injury/Diffuse traumatic vascular injury
- Acute haemorrhagic leukoencephalopathy
- Cerebral fat embolism
- Multiple cavernomas
- Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy
. Any suitable material included in the project will be fully acknowledged, according to international guidelines.
Thank you in anticipation,
Dr Pieter Janse van Rensburg
Dept of Radiology, Antwerp, New Year Wishes
| Thursday, 13 January 2011 09:50 |
The Department of Radiology, Antwerp University, Antwerp, expresses New Year wishes for 2011.
Click here to view New Year Wishes from Dept Radiology, University of Antwerp
Circular 64 of 2010: Moremed and Clicks Group Medical Scheme merge
| Tuesday, 23 November 2010 09:50 |
The Registrar of Medical Schemes has confirmed the merger between Moremed Medical Scheme and Clicks Group Medical Scheme from 1 January 2011.
Click here for details :Circular 64 of 2010: Moremed and Clicks Group Medical Scheme merge
RADIOLOGIST TO LOCUM / PERMANENT
| Friday, 12 November 2010 17:04 |
Experienced radiologist seeks locum / permanent position in Johannesburg / Witwatersrand area. Please call 011 882 5799 / 084 230 5125 / 084 907 7302
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