4D musculoskeletal CT offers window into joint disorders
May 17, 2013 -- There's still a lot to learn about how bones interact in joints during movement, but 4D musculoskeletal CT can help close that knowledge gap, paving the way for new understanding of joint disorders and how to treat them, according to researchers from Monash Health Centre in Melbourne, Australia.
Women in their 40s reluctant to give up breast screening
May 17, 2013 -- In a study that confirms recent findings, researchers from Johns Hopkins University found that mammography screening rates have changed little among women in their 40s despite guideline changes by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Study results were published May 15 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
A radiologist reflects on the Boston Marathon bombings
May 16, 2013 -- Monday, April 15 -- Patriots' Day in Boston -- started much like any other day for radiologist Dr. Robert Ward of Tufts Medical Center. But it turned out to be anything but normal after two bombs exploded at the end of the Boston Marathon, sending dozens of injured people to Tufts with battlefield-like injuries.
Key to clinician interaction? Location, location, location
May 16, 2013 -- Want more personal interaction with your referring physicians? Try moving your reading rooms out of the basement and into clinical areas. A new study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology found that such "embedded" reading rooms resulted in a big jump in personal visits from clinicians.
GE to ship MRI protocol for patients with metal implants
May 16, 2013 -- GE Healthcare on May 15 said it plans to begin shipping MAVRIC SL, a combination of MRI acquisition protocol and postprocessing software designed to enhance the accuracy of soft-tissue and bone imaging in patients with metal implants that could make them unsuited for MRI with conventional techniques.
Technologists' CT training called woefully inadequate
May 15, 2013 -- CT might be the mainstay of medical imaging, but the basic curriculum for radiologic technologist training hardly mentions the modality, and training centers that do teach it are few and far between, according to a talk on May 10 at the Virtual Symposium on Radiation Safety and Computed Tomography.
Simultaneous PET/MRI most accurate for image alignment
May 15, 2013 -- In a comparison of hybrid imaging modalities, simultaneous whole-body PET/MRI is more accurate than retrospectively fused PET and MR images in abdominal organs and better than PET/CT in the urinary bladder, according to a study published online May 8 in Radiology.
CCTA for chest pain cuts costs, admissions
May 14, 2013 -- One of the largest studies yet comparing medical resource use and outcomes among chest pain patients found that coronary CT angiography (CCTA) reduced medical resource utilization compared to standard care, generating fewer hospital admissions and shorter emergency room stays, researchers reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
CR mammography lags DR, film-screen in cancer detection
May 14, 2013 -- Canadian researchers performing mammography with a computed radiography (CR) system saw lower breast cancer detection rates compared to analog film-screen mammography or a system based on flat-panel digital radiography (DR). Results were published online May 14 in Radiology.
KLAS: Demand for breast tomosynthesis is increasing
May 14, 2013 -- The demand for digital breast tomosynthesis systems is increasing, according to a new report released on May 14 by market research firm KLAS. When imaging providers were asked which technology they would choose if they could start over, 62% said tomosynthesis.
Saudi Arabia makes big strides in healthcare IT
May 13, 2013 -- The opening of the Saudi Health meeting this week highlights the major investments the country is making in healthcare IT. But Western IT vendors must do a better job of adapting their software to local needs, according to radiology informatics expert Herman Oosterwijk of OTech.
Volumetric MR images boost cervical cancer treatment planning
May 13, 2013 -- Three-dimensional volumetric MR images of cervical disease yield a bounty of critical information, enabling precise planning of brachytherapy for residual tumors, according to researchers from St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix.