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.
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.
Success of urgent neck CTA rests on patient selection
October 7, 2016 -- The usefulness of neck CT angiography (CTA) in trauma cases is restricted by its cost, radiation dose, and contrast side effects, so careful clinical evaluation of potential candidates based on the internationally accepted criteria is essential, according to new research.
Head CT algorithm a step toward faster stroke care
October 6, 2016 -- Using automated software to interpret head CT scans could someday slash the time emergency doctors need to start clot-busting treatments in cases of suspected ischemic stroke, according to a method proposed in a SPIE Newsroom technical article.
Contrast use doesn't change acute kidney injury rate
September 29, 2016 -- The use of contrast media in x-ray and CT exams is probably less harmful to the kidneys than previously thought, and clinicians should reconsider the wisdom of withholding important imaging exams based on their use of contrast, even in individuals at risk, concludes a just-published study in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Breast shielding doesn't affect DNA damage from CT
September 26, 2016 -- The use of breast shields during coronary CT angiography studies in women had no effect on the amount of DNA damage patients sustained during exams, but it did degrade image quality, according to a new study in the October issue of Radiology.
Action on CT dose brings results in Middle East
September 19, 2016 -- A multicenter study conducted in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates has underlined the value of implementing dose-reduction techniques for coronary CT angiography and coronary calcium score examinations.
Blunt abdominopelvic trauma algorithm cuts CT use in ER
September 16, 2016 -- Nearly one-third fewer patients presenting to the emergency department with blunt abdominopelvic trauma ended up getting a CT scan after a Boston hospital implemented a clinical algorithm to triage patients away from unnecessary CT exams, according to a new study published September 12 in Radiology.
Imaging helps guide Hillary Clinton's medical care
September 15, 2016 -- A summary of Hillary Clinton's medical history released on September 14 includes several instances in which medical imaging was used to guide treatment of the presidential candidate.
CT data predict survival of prostate cancer patients
September 14, 2016 -- Patients are said to die with -- not from -- prostate cancer. In fact, more than 90% of prostate cancer patients end up dying from something else. A new study in Radiology explored how long those patients might expect to live, using data enriched by routine CT scans that prostate cancer patients undergo before treatment.