Philips launches new Azurion interventional platform February 22, 2017 -- In what the company is calling its most significant new product launch in years, Philips Healthcare today debuted Azurion, a new platform for image-guided therapy. The platform includes hardware and software improvements designed to enable clinicians to more efficiently perform complex interventional procedures.
Testosterone treatment raises levels of heart plaque February 22, 2017 -- A new study using coronary CT angiography reveals that testosterone treatments may increase the risk of heart disease by raising the volume of arterial plaque by 20% among men 65 years and older. More research is needed to assess actual risk, according to a February 21 paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Screening breast MRI: Not just for high-risk women February 21, 2017 -- Screening breast MRI boosts early diagnosis of cancer in all women, not just those at high risk, according to a new study from Germany published online this week in Radiology. So why isn't the modality being used more frequently?
Study gives thumbs-up to synthesized 2D DBT screening February 21, 2017 -- A new study published February 21 in Radiology should put to rest any fears about the suitability of synthesized 2D digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) for breast screening. Researchers who used the technology to screen more than 16,000 women found it had lower recall rates with no compromise in cancer detection.
Are low-yield imaging studies ever worth performing? February 20, 2017 -- At institutions that have clinical decision support for radiology orders, not many imaging studies deemed to have low appropriateness are performed. Sometimes these exams may be justifiable, however, according to research published online February 9 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Multimedia radiology reports enhance tumor tracking February 17, 2017 -- Multimedia radiology reports that provide hyperlinks to annotated tumor measurements and include graphs that show treatment response can improve how these lesions are tracked over time, according to research published as a web-exclusive article in the February issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Medicare coverage gets easier for oncologic PET tracers February 17, 2017 -- In September 2013, Medicare coverage for new oncologic PET radiopharmaceuticals underwent a quiet yet significant change. In a new column, Terri Wilson of Blue Earth Diagnostics explains how the changes are making it easier for providers to receive reimbursement for PET studies with the new radiotracers.
BMJ: Benefits of CT lung cancer screening outweigh dose February 16, 2017 -- Despite the risks of ionizing radiation from CT lung cancer screening, cumulative exposure over a decade remains very low, along with the risk of developing cancer from screening. The benefits of lung screening thus outweigh any potential harms from radiation, concluded Italian researchers writing February 8 in BMJ.
BI-RADS breast density estimates as good as automated February 16, 2017 -- Which is better when it comes to assessing breast tissue density -- man or machine? Turns out radiologists do just fine evaluating dense tissue using BI-RADS measures, compared with the performance of automated software, according to a new study published in the February edition of Radiology.
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 27: Good job on that case February 16, 2017 -- Positive reinforcement can be an effective motivational tool in any workplace. The radiology reading room is no different, as Andy and Ruchi discover in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend.