International survey shows increase in healthcare IT utilization
November 16, 2012 -- Primary care physicians around the world have been investing in health information technology, a 10-country survey sponsored by the Commonwealth Fund has found. Changes in health system performance will be critical to healthcare reform, according to the findings published in Health Affairs.  Discuss
Polymers could ease brachytherapy seed delivery
November 16, 2012 -- Surgical implantation and removal of radioactive seeds is required for brachytherapy cancer treatment. Use of polymers may eliminate the need for this invasive procedure when treating solid tumors, according to data published in the November 15 issue of Cancer Research.  Discuss
Lung parenchyma segmentation method may boost CAD
November 16, 2012 -- A new algorithm can automatically and accurately segment lung parenchyma on thoracic CT images, potentially improving the performance of lung computer-aided detection (CAD) software, according to researchers from Northeastern University in Shenyang, China.  Discuss
Election 2012: The practice of radiology, going forward
November 15, 2012 -- The presidential election may be over, but the potential ramifications of its outcome linger. What does radiology face in both the short and long term? spoke to several policy-watchers on the question as radiology struggles to understand the meaning of the 2012 election.  Discuss
AIUM forum touts 'ultrasound first' to boost use of modality
November 15, 2012 -- Ultrasound is an underutilized diagnostic imaging exam, according to the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), which organized a forum to promote the concept of performing "ultrasound first" when clinically indicated. But what will it take to make this happen?  Discuss
MRI shows brain lesions in women with migraines
November 14, 2012 -- MRI scans indicate that women who suffer from migraine headaches have more brain lesions than men, but neither gender experiences any cognitive decline from the affliction, according to a study published in the November 14 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Discuss
The Profit Center: Part 26 -- Radiology and the 'me-we' cycle
November 14, 2012 -- Society today is becoming increasingly affected by "we" think, from notions of shared sacrifice, to paying your fair share, to "giving back," says healthcare business and legal affairs expert Mark Weiss. Learn how your group should navigate today's environment in this edition of the Profit Center.  Discuss
CBCT-like angio predicts TACE response a month before MRI
November 13, 2012 -- A dual-phase angiography procedure based on conebeam CT (CBCT) principles that was used during transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE) can predict treatment response in hepatocellular carcinoma tumors long before MRI is traditionally applied at one-month follow-up, researchers wrote in Radiology.  Discuss
Stereoscopic digital mammography reduces recall rates
November 13, 2012 -- A new 3D breast imaging technique, stereoscopic digital mammography, has the potential to improve the accuracy of breast cancer screening while also reducing recall rates, according to a study published online November 13 in Radiology.  Discuss
VC goes extra innings with AAA screening
November 12, 2012 -- Virtual colonoscopy can do double duty by screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), according to a study of more than 1,000 individuals. Researchers found that virtual colonoscopy was reliable for detecting AAA or, more commonly, for ruling out the condition.
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