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Lymph node ratio predicts RT benefit for oral cancer
January 3, 2013 -- Radiation therapy (RT) can benefit some patients with oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma, but they can suffer acute as well as long-term toxicities. The use of lymph node ratios may help identify which patients will benefit the most, according to an article published online in Radiotherapy and Oncology.  Discuss
House signs off on SGR bill with $800M in imaging cuts
January 2, 2013 -- The U.S. House of Representatives voted on January 1 to approve the Senate's fiscal cliff bill that averts a 27% reimbursement cut due to the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. But the legislation also includes $800 million in Medicare cuts to advanced medical imaging services -- on top of additional cuts proposed in 2012.  Discuss
Resident program managers struggle to balance new demands
January 2, 2013 -- As program managers begin to implement far-reaching changes in radiology residency education, most believe they'll need to limit the options available to their residents to choose their own path -- particularly in the fourth year of training -- to ensure a good basic education for core residents, according to a survey presented at RSNA 2012.  Discuss
MRI can detect breast cancer in average-risk women
January 2, 2013 -- A study by German researchers shows MRI screening can help detect breast cancer in women who are only at average risk of developing the disease and have no personal or family history of breast cancer.  Discuss
Senate passes another SGR cut delay
January 1, 2013 -- As part of legislation that would raise tax rates on the wealthy, the U.S. Senate voted to delay for one year the implementation of the Medicare physician payment formula, averting a 27% cut in physician payments that was scheduled to begin January 1.  Discuss
Rad therapy doesn't help survival for stage I endometrial cancer
December 31, 2012 -- A Cochrane update evaluating radiation therapy for stage I endometrial cancer patients has again concluded that the treatment doesn't affect survival outcomes. But its findings, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, sparked some controversy.  Discuss
NIH study: Cancer screening rates fall over decade
December 28, 2012 -- Cancer survivors on the lookout for secondary tumors maintained their traditionally high screening rates, but screening compliance by almost everyone else has declined over the past decade, according to a report published online December 27 in Frontiers in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention.  Discuss
Tomo plus FFDM reduces recall rates by more than a third
December 28, 2012 -- Adding tomosynthesis to full-field digital mammography (FFDM) can reduce recall rates in a routine screening population by more than a third -- in addition to finding more cancers, according to research presented at the recent RSNA 2012 meeting.  Discuss
MRI helpful but not perfect for evaluating pancreatic cancer
December 27, 2012 -- Understanding how contrast-enhanced MRI underestimates tumor size compared to pathologic specimens may allow more precise assessment of tumor volume prior to radiation therapy for pancreatic cancer, according to researchers from Emory University.  Discuss
Physicians prefer phone/fax over email for nonurgent alerts
December 27, 2012 -- A low-cost, low-tech centralized radiology notification system to convey nonurgent significant findings and amended reports is working well for both radiologists and physicians affiliated with a large teaching hospital in Sydney.  Discuss
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