SIIM: Imaging informatics needs innovation, translation
June 6, 2013 -- GRAPEVINE, TX - The imaging informatics community must work together to innovate and then translate imaging IT advances into practice, said Dr. Bradley Erickson, PhD, in the opening session of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting.
Shear-wave elastography boosts second-look breast US
June 6, 2013 -- Adding shear-wave elastography to a second-look breast ultrasound study performed after dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI can detect nearly a third more cancers than B-mode ultrasound alone, Ohio researchers have found.
Reading volume affects mammography performance
June 6, 2013 -- Radiologists who read fewer than 1,000 mammography studies per year may have worse diagnostic accuracy than those who read more, according to a new study published online June 4 in Radiology. The performance threshold is more than twice what is required in the U.S. for radiologists who read mammograms.
FDG-PET/CT beats FLT-PET/CT for differentiated thyroid cancer
June 5, 2013 -- In a face-off of two PET radiopharmaceuticals, FDG-PET/CT outperformed F-18 fluorothymidine (FLT) PET/CT in the diagnosis of postoperative thyroid cancer lymph-node and distant metastases, making the hybrid modality more suitable for examining disease recurrence, according to a study in the June issue of Radiology.
Could chest tomo be a first-line lung cancer screening tool?
June 5, 2013 -- With all the attention being paid to CT lung cancer screening, what about x-ray? Italian researchers believe that radiology's oldest modality could be revived as a screening tool with a technological twist -- digital tomosynthesis. They describe their findings in the June edition of the Journal of Thoracic Oncology.
Obamacare's effect on radiology: Big, but gradual
June 4, 2013 -- Obamacare is expected to have far-reaching effects on radiology and the rest of the healthcare delivery system, but the changes for providers are expected to be gradual, as the traditional fee-for-service structure is retained at most facilities.
SIIM 2013 aims to bring innovation to clinical practice
June 4, 2013 -- The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting comes to Grapevine, TX, this week with a full program and exhibition to draw imaging informatics enthusiasts to the Lone Star State. AuntMinnie.com spoke with program committee chair Katherine Andriole, PhD, to get a preview.
Study finds EHRs don't always show clinical utility
June 4, 2013 -- Adopting an electronic health record (EHR) doesn't necessarily lead to better management of patient populations, according to research published in the June 4 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
What's causing the delay in CT lung screening guidelines?
June 3, 2013 -- A growing body of data points to the effectiveness of CT lung cancer screening. But clinicians are still waiting for national guidelines that will open the door to reimbursement for screening at-risk individuals. Thoracic surgeon Dr. Frederic W. Grannis Jr. wonders if the politics of CT screening is contributing to the delay.
Reversing for success -- universal viewers and VNAs
June 3, 2013 -- Much has been written and spoken about vendor-neutral archiving (VNA) and its trailing associated technology, the universal viewer. But do you really need to wait until the VNA is installed before adopting a universal viewer? Maybe not, according to Jef Williams of Ascendian Healthcare Consulting.