CHICAGO - PACS consultant Michael J. Cannavo once again shares his thoughts on the PACS vendor exhibits and products at the 2007 RSNA meeting, and announces the recipients of his annual PACSman Awards. This year, however, he makes an exception for his top PACSman Award for exceptionally bad marketing -- this year's award is for good marketing.
CHICAGO - Does the lack of computer savvy contribute to job stress for radiologists? Do certain personality traits contribute to a higher comfort level with computer use? To answer these questions, researchers at the Maryland VA Health System in Baltimore conducted an online survey of 320 radiologists to identify relationships between computer literacy, occupational stress, and personality, and presented their findings at the RSNA 2007 meeting.
CHICAGO - A new method for viewing virtual colonoscopy computer-aided detection (CAD) results may be more efficient than traditional sequential browsing of CAD hits, according to a pilot study presented at the 2007 RSNA meeting.
CHICAGO - Studies over the past several years have demonstrated FDG-PET's ability to predict survival in patients with early-stage lung cancer. But for those with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), PET has no prognostic value, according to a new 15-year study from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC.
CHICAGO - Women diagnosed with triple negative (TN) breast cancer -- in which the tumor is estrogen receptor-negative, progesterone receptor-negative, and HER2-negative -- tend to have fewer treatment options and worse prognoses than women with non-TN tumors. But certain characteristics and imaging features may help clinicians diagnose these tumors earlier, according to a presentation at the RSNA 2007 meeting.
CHICAGO - MRI is generally the go-to modality for differentiating old and new vertebral fractures, but if a magnet is out-of-pocket, then multidetector-row (MDCT) can be used instead, according to a presentation this week at the 2007 RSNA meeting.
CHICAGO - A 15-minute, inexpensive procedure using ultrasound guidance and local anesthesia can relieve severe, disabling shoulder pain caused by calcific tendinitis of the rotator cuff, according to physicians from Italy. In a presentation at the RSNA 2007 meeting, they described the details of procedure and reported the results from nearly 2,800 patients who received the treatment.
CHICAGO - At this year's RSNA meeting, Carestream Health of Rochester, NY, is highlighting new additions to its computed radiography (CR) line, as well as RIS/PACS enhancements and new upgrades to its mammography computer-aided detection (CAD) software.
CHICAGO - New advances in digital x-ray and RIS/PACS software are being showcased in the RSNA booth of Agfa HealthCare of Greenville, SC. The company is highlighting Impax 6.4 and its computed radiography (CR) mammography system, as well as a compact desktop CR reader, new e-learning packages, and a new tabletop printer.