Mammography guidelines don't change screening intervals
February 23, 2017 -- When it comes to how often a woman undergoes mammography screening, her own choice and her doctor's advice have more influence than official guidelines, according to a study published online in the Journal of Women's Health.
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 28: Kidney stones
February 23, 2017 -- The radiology and emergency departments have a symbiotic -- but occasionally contentious -- relationship. Andy and Dr. Roth try to figure out how to deal with a particularly difficult ED physician in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend.
Philips launches new Azurion interventional platform
February 22, 2017 -- In what the company is calling its most significant new product launch in years, Philips Healthcare today debuted Azurion, a new platform for image-guided therapy. The platform includes hardware and software improvements designed to enable clinicians to more efficiently perform complex interventional procedures.
Testosterone treatment raises levels of heart plaque
February 22, 2017 -- A new study using coronary CT angiography reveals that testosterone treatments may increase the risk of heart disease by raising the volume of arterial plaque by 20% among men 65 years and older. More research is needed to assess actual risk, according to a February 21 paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Screening breast MRI: Not just for high-risk women
February 21, 2017 -- Screening breast MRI boosts early diagnosis of cancer in all women, not just those at high risk, according to a new study from Germany published online this week in Radiology. So why isn't the modality being used more frequently?
Study gives thumbs-up to synthesized 2D DBT screening
February 21, 2017 -- A new study published February 21 in Radiology should put to rest any fears about the suitability of synthesized 2D digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) for breast screening. Researchers who used the technology to screen more than 16,000 women found it had lower recall rates with no compromise in cancer detection.
Are low-yield imaging studies ever worth performing?
February 20, 2017 -- At institutions that have clinical decision support for radiology orders, not many imaging studies deemed to have low appropriateness are performed. Sometimes these exams may be justifiable, however, according to research published online February 9 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Multimedia radiology reports enhance tumor tracking
February 17, 2017 -- Multimedia radiology reports that provide hyperlinks to annotated tumor measurements and include graphs that show treatment response can improve how these lesions are tracked over time, according to research published as a web-exclusive article in the February issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Medicare coverage gets easier for oncologic PET tracers
February 17, 2017 -- In September 2013, Medicare coverage for new oncologic PET radiopharmaceuticals underwent a quiet yet significant change. In a new column, Terri Wilson of Blue Earth Diagnostics explains how the changes are making it easier for providers to receive reimbursement for PET studies with the new radiotracers.
BMJ: Benefits of CT lung cancer screening outweigh dose
February 16, 2017 -- Despite the risks of ionizing radiation from CT lung cancer screening, cumulative exposure over a decade remains very low, along with the risk of developing cancer from screening. The benefits of lung screening thus outweigh any potential harms from radiation, concluded Italian researchers writing February 8 in BMJ.