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.
DTI-MRI sheds light on mild traumatic brain injury
April 15, 2014 -- Researchers using diffusion-tensor MRI (DTI-MRI) believe they have identified parts of the brain that cause people with mild traumatic brain injury to become dizzy or have vision problems, according to a study published online April 15 in Radiology.
PET/CT details hint at survival of head and neck cancer patients
April 15, 2014 -- Japanese researchers have found that several PET/CT parameters -- in particular, a ring-shaped area of FDG uptake -- are reliable predictors of survival for patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. Results of their study were published in the April issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Federal regulatory plan for health IT wins positive reviews
April 14, 2014 -- The new federal regulatory framework proposed earlier this month for healthcare IT software is getting generally positive reviews from the radiology community. A first look at the proposal indicates that it strikes a balance between promoting innovation and protecting patient safety.
Economic pressures take toll on Iranian radiology
April 13, 2014 -- Radiologists in Iran have suffered through a series of economic body blows over the past three years, ranging from economic sanctions to currency collapse and misguided government policies. While the worst appears to be over, economic pressures continue to have a dramatic effect on Iranian radiologists.
DR tomo holds promise for fungal pneumonia surveillance
April 11, 2014 -- Tomosynthesis with digital radiography (DR) could be a useful tool for following patients with neutropenia for signs of fungal pneumonia. Researchers from the University of Washington said the technique could offer better performance than conventional x-ray without the radiation dose of CT.
Researchers turn to technologists for better clinical histories
April 11, 2014 -- Researchers from Ohio were able to dramatically improve the clinical histories submitted with patient images by turning to radiologic technologists, who provided far more detailed -- and useful -- histories than referring physicians. The researchers believe the more complete histories will lead to better image interpretation.
MRI reveals football's toll on high school athletes
April 10, 2014 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Brain changes resulting from traumatic brain injury are measurable on MRI after just one season of high school football, even if the athletes never experienced a concussion, according to a study presented on Tuesday at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons meeting.
Is there a silver lining to the 2014 SGR patch?
April 10, 2014 -- The latest effort to avert cuts to Medicare physician payments mandated by the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula may be another in a long line of temporary fixes, but it also represents a victory for radiology, with language mandating the use of appropriateness criteria, transparency around payment policy, and radiation dose management.
Radiology ranks No. 7 of Medicare highest-paid specialties
April 10, 2014 -- Well, it could have been worse. Radiology ranked seventh of the top 10 medical specialties that received the most in Medicare payments in 2012, based on data released April 9 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.