Radiotherapy can be helpful in advanced Hodgkin's lymphoma
June 21, 2010 -- NEW YORK (Reuters Health), Jun 21 - Patients with advanced Hodgkin's lymphoma who receive radiotherapy following chemotherapy appear to do better than those who don't, U.K. researchers report in a May 24 online paper in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
To assess left atrial volume, use multidetector CT: study
June 21, 2010 -- NEW YORK (Reuters Health), Jan 21 - For measuring left atrial volume, multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) is better than 2D echocardiography, researchers report in a May 17 online paper in the American Journal of Cardiology.
Chest x-ray CAD offers value in detecting lung cancers
June 18, 2010 -- When used as a second reader by an experienced chest radiologist, chest radiography computer-aided detection (CAD) technology can yield a high level of sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy in detecting lung nodules, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Digital Imaging.
Kids learn breathing technique for better chest CT exams
June 18, 2010 -- An ideal pediatric chest CT exam uses low radiation dose to acquire high-quality images devoid of respiratory motion artifacts. This is easier said than done for a variety of reasons, but pediatric radiologists at a children's hospital in Ohio have figured out how to do it -- and without sedation.
Tirapazamine no aid to head and neck cancer therapy
June 18, 2010 -- NEW YORK (Reuters Health), Jun 18 - Disappointing results in a phase III head and neck cancer trial: The hypoxic cytotoxin tirapazamine combined with cisplatin and radiation showed no overall survival advantage.
ACR tackles NSF risk in new gadolinium MRI contrast guidance
June 17, 2010 -- The American College of Radiology (ACR) of Reston, VA, is advising radiologists to avoid using the Magnevist, Omniscan, or Optimark contrast agents with patients at high risk for developing nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF).
Shorter PET/CT acquisition times suitable for many kids
June 17, 2010 -- Pediatric PET/CT imaging times can be reduced by 30% for many patients without a loss of diagnostic utility, according to researchers from Seattle Children's Hospital and the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle.
PACS, advanced visualization integration continues to evolve
June 17, 2010 -- In today's imaging world, advanced visualization is a necessity. When integrating AV technology into PACS, however, users have to choose from several approaches, each with its own pros and cons, according to a presentation at the recent Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine annual meeting in Minneapolis.
Hypofractionated stereotactic RT ups survival for glioma patients
June 16, 2010 -- When brain cancer recurs after initial treatment, patients know they face near-term death. But those who receive hypofractionated stereotactic radiation therapy (RT) to treat recurrent high-grade gliomas have expected survival of almost a year, on average, Philadelphia researchers report.
Why imaging should be included in U.S. IT stimulus program
June 16, 2010 -- Images and imaging reports must be included in the electronic health record as a criterion for meaningful use, it should occur by 2013, and it should include an explicit recognition of the DICOM standard, according to industry manager Rich Eaton in this AuntMinnie Second Opinion.
Local treatment boosts androgen-deprivation therapy in prostate cancer
June 16, 2010 -- NEW YORK (Reuters Health), Jun 16 - For locally advanced and metastatic prostate cancer, the best timing and duration of androgen-deprivation therapy is unclear. Now, a systematic review suggests immediate and sustained treatment leads to best results, especially when combined with local treatment.
PE risk factor assessment reduces need for CT angiograms
June 16, 2010 -- NEW YORK (Reuters Health), Jun 16 - By evaluating risk factors for thromboembolism, physicians can reduce the number of CT angiograms they order for patients with suspected pulmonary embolism (PE), investigators report.
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