Radiology: Time to mothball 'low-dose' terminology
September 26, 2012 -- The terms "low dose" and "standard dose" are meaningless, so if the paper you're submitting to Radiology includes them, expect to get it back, say the editors of the specialty's flagship journal.
ACR vice chair bashes political animosity against radiology
September 25, 2012 -- Radiology has been to the mountaintop, and it has been paying a political price for it ever since, according to Dr. Bibb Allen Jr., vice chair of the American College of Radiology's (ACR) Board of Chancellors.
DWI-MRI enhances performance in prostate cancer cases
September 25, 2012 -- Diffusion-weighted MR imaging (DWI-MRI) can improve diagnostic performance and be a useful adjunct to conventional MRI in detecting prostate cancer, according to a meta-analysis published in the October issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Study predicts cancer care costs to double by 2020
September 25, 2012 -- Cancer-related medical costs are expected to more than double in some U.S. states within eight years, according to a study published in the September issue of the American Journal of Managed Care.
HIMSS promotes need for national patient ID study
September 25, 2012 -- The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has recommended to the U.S. Congress that it should conduct a study to identify an appropriate nationwide patient data matching strategy.
Calif. governor signs breast density notification bill
September 24, 2012 -- After vetoing legislation last year, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill over the weekend that requires women in the state to be notified following a mammogram if they have dense breast tissue, according to the bill's author, Sen. Joe Simitian.
Fast video cards enlisted in drive to curb CT dose
September 24, 2012 -- High-speed computer graphics cards are being used to provide faster and cheaper radiation dose estimates than supercomputer-based software that has traditionally taken several hours to compute doses from CT scans, say researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
CTA, not CTP, makes the call for ischemic stroke treatment
September 24, 2012 -- CT perfusion (CTP) imaging of the brain brings multiple diagnostic benefits for ischemic stroke patients, but it's not needed when deciding whether to revascularize, according to neuroradiologist Dr. Michael Lev from Massachusetts General Hospital. CT angiography (CTA) can also be used as a surrogate for diffusion-weighted MRI to determine infarct size.
Study shows DBT boosts mammography's accuracy
September 24, 2012 -- Adding digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) to digital mammography boosts accuracy in finding soft-tissue abnormalities, researchers report in the October issue of Clinical Radiology. And that can only help reduce both healthcare costs and patient anxiety.
Retail venues could boost mammo screening rates
September 21, 2012 -- Offering mammography screening services at retail healthcare locations such as pharmacies could boost women's adherence to screening guidelines, according to a new study published in Academic Radiology.
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