Lung cancer screening with CT: Now what? November 20, 2014 -- Medicare payments have been approved for CT lung cancer screening. But what happens now? For radiologists, screening for lung cancer is every bit as challenging now as it was two weeks ago, and for all its benefits, it's a service that is not expected to be anybody's profit center, lung cancer experts told AuntMinnie.com.
Korean firm eyes mobile device-powered ultrasound November 20, 2014 -- It seems like you can do anything with your smartphone these days. How about using it as a portable ultrasound scanner? South Korean start-up Healcerion wants to make that a reality with Sonon, a portable ultrasound system that runs on Android or iOS mobile devices.
Mobile ultrasound brings care to rural areas in Morocco November 19, 2014 -- It was a heartbreaking story, but it could have been even more tragic were it not for the Mobile Ultrasound Patrol in Morocco. After being given an ultrasound in her rural village, a young woman in pain -- unaware that she was pregnant -- was found to be carrying two dead fetuses.
Myths and misinformation hold back breast screening November 19, 2014 -- Increased public awareness, better education for healthcare providers, and clear guidelines are essential if breast cancer screening is going to expand in the Middle East, according to a leading radiologist in Saudi Arabia.
MammoCoach aims to beef up radiologists' mammography skills November 19, 2014 -- How can radiologists who don't read a lot of mammograms get the practice they need? A new company wants to help: MammoCoach offers an online teaching course that allows participants to earn continuing medical education credits and improve their screening mammography skills.
Carestream brings clean slate to ultrasound market with Touch November 18, 2014 -- Carestream Health has roots in the x-ray film business, but the company sees ultrasound in its corporate future. The firm is entering the sonography market in a big way with Carestream Touch, a superpremium ultrasound system with a novel design that replaces the traditional scanner keyboard with a programmable touchscreen control panel.
Report outlines how radiology departments can prepare for Ebola November 18, 2014 -- Radiologists from the U.S. National Institutes of Health and Emory University have outlined a series of recommendations in a special report published online November 18 in Radiology to help radiology departments and imaging facilities prepare for Ebola patients.
JAMA: Routine CCTA scans of diabetics not warranted November 17, 2014 -- Research being presented at this week's American Heart Association conference found that routine screening of asymptomatic diabetic patients with coronary CT angiography (CCTA) is not warranted for preventing death from coronary artery disease. The study is also being published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Constant change characterizes RSNA's first 100 years November 17, 2014 -- This month sees the 100th RSNA meeting, but the pace of change has been particularly rapid during the past three decades. Today's industrial landscape is entirely different, radiology has gone digital and global, and the leading modalities have developed and matured.
'Virtual Finger' points to better use of 3D volumes November 17, 2014 -- Developers of an advanced visualization algorithm known as Virtual Finger are hoping to revolutionize the tedious and slow process of exploring 3D image content. While the algorithm is currently being employed for nonmedical applications, its developers believe it could be used clinically in the near future.
FDG-PET outshines SPECT for Alzheimer's disease November 14, 2014 -- British researchers recommend FDG-PET over perfusion SPECT to diagnose and differentiate Alzheimer's disease from dementia with Lewy bodies after the hybrid modality proved its "significant superiority" in a study published online November 5 in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
MRI brain segmentation software boosts speed, accuracy November 14, 2014 -- Texas researchers have developed a new knowledge-based segmentation technique that surpasses previous efforts to segment the brain accurately with MRI, according to a new report in the Journal of Medical Imaging.
Second Opinion: Medicare CT screening decision raises questions November 13, 2014 -- "The large print giveth, but the small print taketh away." That quote by musician Tom Waits could well be applied to this week's decision approving Medicare payment for CT lung cancer screening, according to thoracic surgeon Dr. Frederic W. Grannis Jr., who believes that many people at risk of lung cancer may not get the scans they need.
Mobile App Spotlight: CTisus iLecture Series November 13, 2014 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the next article in an ongoing series highlighting notable mobile apps in radiology. In this installment, we take a look at CTisus iLecture Series: The HD Edition, an iOS app that offers hundreds of educational lectures on a variety of CT topics.
Shine offers new technology to alleviate Mo-99 shortage November 13, 2014 -- Since the severe global molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) shortage of 2009 and 2010, nuclear medicine practitioners have been glancing back over their collective shoulders to see when the next crisis might occur. Fortunately, plans are in the works to eliminate the angst, with one effort coming from Shine Medical Technologies.