The hybrid OR suite: Design collaboration for success
June 6, 2014 -- Many hospitals are considering the installation of hybrid operating rooms (ORs) -- suites in which both image-guided, minimally invasive procedures and open surgeries can be performed. In this article, a team from Massachusetts General Hospital describes how it went about creating an advanced hybrid OR suite.
DR tomosynthesis gives wrist radiography a hand
May 13, 2014 -- Researchers from the University of Washington have found that digital radiography (DR) tomosynthesis can help radiologists assess the healing process in patients with wrist fractures -- especially those with metal hardware that might confound CT scans.
WHO: Lapses in infection control linked to MERS surge
May 11, 2014 -- Lapses in infection control at hospitals in Saudi Arabia may have led to a recent surge in cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) in the country, according to World Health Organization (WHO) experts.
AATS: Is CT really better than x-ray for monitoring NSCLC patients?
May 1, 2014 -- TORONTO - There is no survival advantage to using CT over chest x-ray when monitoring patients who have undergone resection for pathologic stage I non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), according to a retrospective analysis presented at the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) annual meeting.
CAD detects retained surgical items on radiographs
April 21, 2014 -- Retained surgical items after surgery can be a significant source of mortality, morbidity, and cost. Computer-aided detection (CAD) technology can help prevent these costly errors, however, according to a group from the University of Michigan Health System.
DR tomo holds promise for fungal pneumonia surveillance
April 11, 2014 -- Tomosynthesis with digital radiography (DR) could be a useful tool for following patients with neutropenia for signs of fungal pneumonia. Researchers from the University of Washington said the technique could offer better performance than conventional x-ray without the radiation dose of CT.
Chest x-ray still has value for tuberculosis screening
April 9, 2014 -- Should low-dose CT replace chest radiography for determining whether patients scheduled for immunosuppressive therapy have latent tuberculosis? Not yet, according to German researchers, who believe chest radiography still has a role to play.
SIR study eyes whether radiation causes cataracts
March 31, 2014 -- Are interventional radiologists more prone to cataracts due to medical radiation? The question was investigated at last week's Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) conference by an eye specialist who spent the meeting peering into the eyes of attendees, looking for early signs of eye disease.
Case report: Interventional retrieval of portacath fragment
March 10, 2014 -- Portacaths are commonly indicated for long-term administration of parenteral medications. This case report details the successful interventional retrieval of a fractured portacath fragment with cardiac migration. This is rather an unusual complication that, at times, can be life-threatening.
Multimodality vendors launch scanners at ECR 2014
March 9, 2014 -- VIENNA - In the past, ECR languished in the shadow of Chicago's RSNA show when it came to new product introductions. But ECR is slowly coming into its own, as indicated by new product launches from the major multimodality companies at this week's congress.