Patient access to radiation therapy still a major concern in Africa
April 30, 2013 -- There is an acute shortage of radiotherapy equipment of any type in Africa, and the scarcity of resources is becoming even more severe and pronounced with the increase in cancer incidence in the continent, according to an International Atomic Energy Agency report published in Lancet Oncology.
Mary's Musings: An x-ray jacket -- the radiology wiki that was
April 29, 2013 -- Mornings were rough, but Sylvia was right there with a cup of coffee, just the way I liked it. That was pretty special, a mark of importance, because she didn't bring coffee to just anyone -- after all, she was the linchpin of the radiology department. Why? She ran the file room.
Trauma CT is overkill for transferred patients
April 29, 2013 -- When trauma patients are transferred to an emergency department from another institution, a standard trauma CT protocol is the last thing you want to do, say researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Focused imaging based on the individual patient's medical history and clinical findings is more useful, they concluded.
Decision support takes bite out of duplicate CT exams
April 26, 2013 -- Clinical decision-support (CDS) software that alerts physicians if they are about to order a duplicate imaging exam was effective in tests conducted in Massachusetts. In an April 22 article in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers reported that doctors who used CDS software had six times the rate of canceled CT exams.
ONC revokes certification of 2 EHRs approved for MU
April 26, 2013 -- The U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has revoked the certifications of two electronic health record (EHR) systems that were approved for the meaningful use (MU) electronic health incentive program.
Debates trump didactic lectures for educating residents
April 26, 2013 -- There's no better way to put an audience of residents to sleep than submit them to a traditional didactic lecture. But offer the same material to them as a lively debate and they'll sit up and take notice, say researchers from Pennsylvania, who are using the debate format as a key part of teaching.
SAVI breast brachytherapy produces good 4-year outcomes
April 26, 2013 -- Patients who received breast brachytherapy delivered with a strut-based applicator had low recurrence rates and minimal toxicities four years after treatment, according to a presentation at last week's American Brachytherapy Society meeting.
Adding 3D breast tomo to mammography finds more cancers
April 25, 2013 -- Using 3D digital breast tomosynthesis with conventional 2D mammography finds 50% more cancers than 2D imaging alone and also reduces the false-positive rate, according to a new study published online April 25 in Lancet Oncology.
MRI adds to cancer detection in women with breast implants
April 25, 2013 -- When used as an adjunct to mammography and ultrasound, MRI can find additional cancers and provide more detail about their location in patients with breast implants, according to a study from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Physician group sues to kill MOC recertification requirements
April 24, 2013 -- Calling physician recertification a "moneymaking scheme" that reduces patient access to doctors, a physician group has filed a federal suit against the American Board of Medical Specialties to kill programs that require doctors to continually renew their medical certifications, even if they have passed their board exams.
Radiologists prefer CAD with fewer clicks
April 24, 2013 -- Radiologists prefer computer-aided detection (CAD) software that gives them necessary information with the fewest clicks possible and is closely integrated with PACS, rather than applications that require multiple manual steps to interrogate data, according to a team of German researchers.
Top 10 things to consider when replacing your PACS
April 24, 2013 -- Many institutions are at a point where they need to replace their PACS. Whether this process is undertaken with a new or current PACS vendor, it's a perfect opportunity to redesign the system's architecture to prepare for the future, according to Herman Oosterwijk of PACS consulting firm OTech.
Cryoablation of lung tumors shows promise as treatment
April 24, 2013 -- Cryoablation of metastatic lung tumors up to 3.5 cm in size appears to be an effective treatment, according to early results of a multicenter clinical trial presented at last week's Society of Interventional Radiology annual meeting.
Top 10 @ ARRS 2013
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