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Ambulance with mobile CT cuts stroke treatment times
April 23, 2014 -- An ambulance equipped with a mobile CT scanner and thrombolysis equipment reduced treatment times for stroke patients without a corresponding increase in adverse events, according to a study published by German researchers in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Residents value overnight attendings, but crave independence
April 23, 2014 -- Radiology residents are of two minds when it comes to night call, according to the results of a new survey in Academic Radiology. They want the peace of mind that comes with knowing an attending radiologist is on duty to help with tough cases, but they also hunger for the freedom to make a "hot call" on tough cases without help.
JAMA IM: Mammo false positives don't create long-term anxiety
April 22, 2014 -- Mammography false positives are considered to be one of the harms of regular breast cancer screening. But receiving false-positive results doesn't seem to affect women's long-term anxiety -- and, in fact, may boost their intention to continue screening, according to a new study published online in JAMA Internal Medicine.
BMI tied to soft plaque at CCTA in diabetes patients
April 22, 2014 -- A new study of diabetes patients shows a direct relationship between body mass index (BMI) and the soft coronary artery plaques found on coronary CT angiography (CCTA) that portend a high risk for coronary events, according to research published online in Radiology.
CCTA plus stress CT MPI boosts diagnosis of high-risk patients
April 21, 2014 -- Combining coronary CT angiography (CCTA) and stress CT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) improves the evaluation of coronary artery stenosis in high-risk patients, reducing the number of false positives and potentially the number of unnecessary interventions, according to new research from the Medical University of South Carolina.
CAD detects retained surgical items on radiographs
April 21, 2014 -- Retained surgical items after surgery can be a significant source of mortality, morbidity, and cost. Computer-aided detection (CAD) technology can help prevent these costly errors, however, according to a group from the University of Michigan Health System.
Radiation dose safety: Filtering the message from the noise
April 18, 2014 -- Patient radiation dose safety is a hot topic in the imaging industry and media. But as often happens when a subject is hot, the radiation safety information pool has become muddied with disparate and conflicting information. Neil Singh from Ascendian Healthcare Consulting helps filter the true message in radiation safety from the industry noise.
MRI finds loss of brain volume in older, apathetic adults
April 17, 2014 -- MRI scans have revealed that older adults with bouts of apathy may have smaller volumes of gray and white matter in areas of the brain associated with learning, memory, and internal communication, according to a study published online April 16 in Neurology.
Lung cancer screening reduces mortality in COPD patients
April 17, 2014 -- Lung cancer screening with CT and spirometry delivers a high rate of diagnosis of early-stage lung cancers and reduces mortality in individuals with mild to moderate chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a pilot study in Respiratory Medicine.
Swiss board repeats call to abolish breast screening
April 16, 2014 -- Breast cancer screening programs in Switzerland should be wound down, as screening does not clearly produce more benefits than harms, according to an editorial by two members of the Swiss Medical Board published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
ACR, SBI take issue with Swiss NEJM commentary
April 16, 2014 -- The American College of Radiology (ACR) and Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) have issued a joint statement strongly criticizing an article published on Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine that takes aim at breast cancer screening programs in Switzerland.
PET shows vegetative patients' chance for recovery
April 16, 2014 -- Belgian researchers have found that FDG-PET scans are more useful than functional MRI in identifying which severely brain damaged individuals in vegetative states have the potential to recover consciousness.
Digital mammography finds DCIS most likely to become cancer
April 16, 2014 -- Digital mammography finds more small, invasive breast cancers, but it also identifies more ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) -- some of which may never cause harm if undetected. But a new study in the April issue of Radiology claims that digital mammography tends to find DCIS lesions that are more likely to progress to cancer.
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