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to a research group that conducted a meta-analysis used by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for its draft guidance on breast screening.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.
USPSTF rejects expanded breast screening guidelines April 20, 2015 -- In a move that is already drawing fire from breast screening proponents, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) on Monday declined to expand its recommendation on which women should receive regular mammography screening, instead issuing a draft of new breast screening guidelines that largely hew to its more conservative guidance from 2009.
ARRS: Debate rages over Canadian breast screening trial April 20, 2015 -- TORONTO - A controversial Canadian study on screening mammography was the subject of a spirited debate on April 19 at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) annual meeting. The discussion included two researchers who participated in the study and who defended its claim that screening mammography produced no major health benefit.
Super-sized display reduces dose in angio procedures April 20, 2015 -- Could radiation dose in angiography procedures be reduced by simply using a larger display to view images? That's the suggestion of a prototype study published in the April edition of the American Journal of Roentgenology from a researcher at Johns Hopkins University.
NEJM: MRI links brain swelling and cerebral malaria deaths April 17, 2015 -- After three decades of dedication to the care and treatment of children in Malawi who have cerebral malaria, a group of researchers from around the globe for the first time confirmed that brain swelling is the primary reason why some patients die within days from the condition.
Defining mammography skill depends on how it's measured April 17, 2015 -- Screening mammography's benefits have been shown in clinical trials, but the full potential of the technology depends on the interpretive skills of the individual radiologists who read the exams, according to a new study published in the April issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
UC Davis group wins CT lung nodule surveillance grant April 17, 2015 -- Researchers from the University of California, Davis have received $2.3 million to run a new study aimed at improving surveillance practices for patients with small, low-risk lung nodules. The 26-center project will begin June 1.
NY radiologist arrested on prescription drug charges April 16, 2015 -- A radiologist in western New York state has been arrested on charges that he allegedly distributed prescription drugs such as oxycodone and hydrocodone to several acquaintances between 2010 and 2014. Dr. Albert R. Cowie of Diagnostic Imaging Assoc. in Amherst faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.