3D/4D ultrasound matures as it shows clinical value
October 19, 2016 -- Initially a technology used only by early adopters, 3D/4D ultrasound has indeed come of age, buoyed by mounting evidence of its diagnostic utility in a variety of clinical applications. Today, 3D/4D ultrasound is increasingly being used by healthcare institutions around the world.
China's medical device market shows promise despite slowdown
October 19, 2016 -- The market for medical devices in China still has great potential despite a recent slowdown in the segment's growth rate, according to a new report by China MedTech Marketing (CMTM). In this article, CMTM's Owen Tang explains how a projected decline in the growth rate isn't expected to dampen enthusiasm for medical devices, due to a variety of factors.
Sonographers remain vulnerable to musculoskeletal pain
October 18, 2016 -- Work-related musculoskeletal disorders still remain a bane for sonographers, if a recent survey in Sweden is any indication. However, much can be done to improve sonographer working conditions and decrease the prevalence of pain, researchers reported in a study to be published in the January 2017 issue of Applied Ergonomics.
Dubai hospitals to implement 3D printing before surgery
October 18, 2016 -- Hospitals in Dubai will begin 3D printing organs before surgery beginning in 2017, with the goal of improving the accuracy of all kinds of surgeries, according to a report in Gulf News.
ACR: Site surveys can cause FUD on road to accreditation
October 17, 2016 -- If your imaging facility is working toward accreditation, perhaps no event causes more fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) than the validation site survey. Fortunately, Marion Boston of the American College of Radiology offers advice for surviving the survey in this new article.
Coronary CTA beats stress test for changing lifestyles
October 17, 2016 -- Individuals who underwent a coronary CT angiography (CCTA) exam were more motivated to adopt a healthy lifestyle than those who received an exercise echocardiography stress test, according to new research from the University of California, Los Angeles.
CMS releases final rule on MACRA
October 14, 2016 -- Healthcare providers in the U.S. are finally getting a definitive road map on how to implement provisions on value-based care in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) after the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule.
CDC: Breast cancer death rate declines, but not equally
October 14, 2016 -- Fewer women in the U.S. are dying from breast cancer, but there is a disparity in death rates between black and white women, according to a report released October 14 from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report credits better education about breast screening and treatment among the reasons for the decline.
PET/MRI detects distant metastasis of breast cancer
October 14, 2016 -- Breast cancer patients often face the additional risk of distant metastases, and the best way to find the presence of those abnormalities in the liver and bone is with PET/MRI, according to a study published in the October issue of Radiology.
Breast cancer care in Afghanistan presents challenges
October 14, 2016 -- Offering breast cancer care in a war zone requires a particular creativity, especially when resources -- including basic imaging -- are limited. In a research letter published online October 2 in the Breast Journal, surgeons at a military hospital near Kabul, Afghanistan, described their experience providing Afghan women with breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.
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