RADIOLOGY NEWS
ARRS: 6 reasons to be optimistic about radiology
April 27, 2015 -- Radiologists love to complain about the challenges they face, including declining reimbursements, a tight job market, and increased workload. But there are at least six good reasons to be optimistic about the specialty, according to a presentation at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) annual meeting in Toronto.
Bedside ultrasound can diagnose acute shoulder dislocation
April 24, 2015 -- Patients presenting to the emergency department with acute shoulder pain typically receive an x-ray exam. However, ultrasound can provide equivalent performance -- often in less time and without the ionizing radiation -- for diagnosing shoulder dislocation, according to researchers from the University of California, Irvine.
ARRS: MR tractography touted as 'reliable' imaging biomarker
April 24, 2015 -- Diffusion-tensor MR tractography may be a reliable quantitative imaging biomarker for assessing prostate cancer treatment response to androgen deprivation and radiation therapy, according to a study presented at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) meeting in Toronto.
The PACSman at HIMSS 2015: Getting a buzz from buzzwords
April 23, 2015 -- The PACSman, aka Michael J. Cannavo, gives his take on this year's Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting in Chicago.
LevelCheck algorithm targets wrong-site spinal surgery
April 23, 2015 -- A new algorithm called LevelCheck -- designed to prevent wrong-site spinal surgery -- boasted near-perfect accuracy in a trial by Johns Hopkins University researchers. By matching preoperative CT scans to intraoperative radiographs, LevelCheck confirms for surgeons that they are targeting the correct vertebral level.
NEJM: PET for Hodgkin's lymphoma prevents unnecessary radiotherapy
April 23, 2015 -- A negative PET scan immediately after three cycles of chemotherapy for early-stage Hodgkin's lymphoma can identify patients with an excellent prognosis and avoid unnecessary additional radiation therapy, according to a U.K. study published on 23 April in the New England Journal of Medicine.
IHS: Hospital overcrowding spurs medical opportunities in China
April 23, 2015 -- The rapid expansion of healthcare spending in China has led to improved healthcare facilities and increased patient access. As a result, pressure on large metropolitan hospitals has intensified, and overcrowding is now increasingly common in large hospitals, according to a research brief by industry analyst Benjamin Niu of IHS.
Clinical decision support can cut inappropriate imaging
April 22, 2015 -- A meta-analysis published on Tuesday in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that clinical decision-support (CDS) software can have a positive -- if moderate -- effect on appropriate ordering of imaging studies. The researchers stopped short of recommending the use of CDS, however.
ARRS: Sharing info leads to dramatic CT dose reduction
April 22, 2015 -- TORONTO - Reducing unnecessary variation in CT radiation dose can be done fairly easily by getting radiology professionals together to share best practices, even across a healthcare system as large as the University of California's, according to a presentation at the annual American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) meeting.
A radiologist confronts her own breast cancer
April 22, 2015 -- University of Pittsburgh radiologist Dr. Wendie Berg, PhD, was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2014, after discovering that she has dense breast tissue and undergoing a breast MRI. In this article, Dr. Berg describes her personal experience and announces the launch of a new website, DenseBreast-info.org.
Radiation dose issues climb agenda in Middle East
April 22, 2015 -- New research from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, reveals how the region is targeting ever-optimized dosage in imaging and how dose awareness is becoming of greater importance within the radiological community.
Group offers details on USPSTF breast screening meta-analysis
April 22, 2015 -- Changing the frequency of breast screening from every two years to every year would detect three additional cancers in a sample population of 1,000 women ages 50 to 74, but it would generate nearly 2,000 more false positives, according to a research group that conducted a meta-analysis used by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for its draft guidance on breast screening.
ARRS: Patient consults improve care, raise radiology profile
April 21, 2015 -- TORONTO - Face-to-face consultations between radiologists and patients may improve the health of patients, as well as the visibility of radiologists, according to a presentation at the annual American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) meeting.
Dr. Daniel Kopans: On the draft USPSTF breast screening guidelines
April 21, 2015 -- In this Second Opinion article, Dr. Daniel Kopans offers his perspective on the release this week of new guidelines on screening mammography from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) -- guidelines that he believes will restrict access to mammography.
ARRS: Cancer diagnosis leads smokers to quit
April 21, 2015 -- Smokers diagnosed with cancer are more likely to quit smoking than other smokers, according to a new study by the American Cancer Society presented at this week's American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) annual meeting in Toronto.
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