New radiographers outperform older counterparts at breast positioning
March 7, 2014 -- VIENNA - Older does not connote wiser, at least in the case of breast radiographers. In a surprising study from the Netherlands presented on Thursday at ECR 2014, researchers found that new radiographers performed better than experienced ones in terms of breast positioning.
Ukrainian, Russian radiologists still friendly despite crisis
March 6, 2014 -- VIENNA - The political situation in Ukraine has had no bearing on ECR 2014, according to both the ECR president and the president of the European Society of Radiology. This is particularly potent as this year's ECR focuses on Russia and has a Russian president.
President's 2015 budget proposal: Political, not practical
March 5, 2014 -- The Obama administration has released its 2015 budget plan, which largely reflects proposals that were included in the 2014 budget and will most likely not affect medical imaging -- for better or for worse, according to the American College of Radiology.
7T MRI may improve diagnosis of Parkinson's disease
March 5, 2014 -- Researchers in Italy used 7-tesla MRI to uncover details of an area in the brain linked to Parkinson's disease, which could help improve early detection of the condition, according to a study published online February 26 in Radiology.
The PACSman Awards: HIMSS 2014 edition
March 5, 2014 -- The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference is a completely different show than RSNA's annual confab in Chicago. RSNA is more serious, while HIMSS has an almost carnival atmosphere to it, according to PACS consultant Michael J. Cannavo, also known as the PACSman.
MRI's view of carotid artery helps predict cardiovascular risk
March 4, 2014 -- Using MRI to image carotid artery plaque can accurately predict future cardiovascular events such as strokes and heart attacks in people with no history of cardiovascular disease, according to a new study published online March 4 in Radiology.
MICI Q1: Reimbursement concerns still dominate
March 4, 2014 -- Concerns over reimbursement continue to weigh heavily on the minds of radiology administrators, according to the latest numbers from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI). Administrators surveyed for the index's first quarter expressed lower optimism that they would be adequately reimbursed by Medicare.
Short-term follow-up OK for BI-RADS 3 lesions on MRI
March 4, 2014 -- The malignancy rate is comparable for lesions detected at mammography and those found on MRI that are probably benign, which means that short-term follow-up is acceptable for women with no history of breast cancer, according to a new study published in the March issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Straight Talk From the PACSman: Radiology at HIMSS 2014
March 3, 2014 -- If anyone ever questioned the power the IT department wields in the healthcare environment, the 2014 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting in Orlando, FL, last week dispelled each and every one of those doubts. In two words, IT rules, according to the PACSman, Michael J. Cannavo.
CT protocol review calls for consistency, teamwork
March 3, 2014 -- Refining your CT protocols is a great way to accomplish a number of goals, including radiation dose reduction, workflow efficiency, and meeting new accreditation requirements. A team approach is best for the task, according to a new article that offers guidance in the March Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Back problems? Skip the imaging, skip the surgery
February 28, 2014 -- Back pain is a huge global problem that ranks among the top 10 causes of disability. However, despite billions in medical costs, neither imaging nor surgery does patients much good most of the time, said Total Radiology keynote speaker Dr. Michael Modic at last month's 2014 Arab Health meeting.
Pint-sized DR unit takes portability to new level
February 28, 2014 -- South Korean researchers have taken the concept of mobile digital radiography (DR) to a new level, developing a prototype of a portable DR system that's just over 2 ft tall. What's more, the pint-sized unit is able to send images wirelessly to smartphones, according to an article in the Journal of Digital Imaging.
Controversy embroils Kan. radiologist's U.S. Senate run
February 27, 2014 -- A Kansas radiologist running for U.S. Senate is also running afoul of critics for posting x-rays of fatal gunshot wounds on his personal Facebook page and allegedly joking about the images, according to a report published February 22 in the Topeka Capital-Journal.
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