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Antidepressant rinse reduces pain for cancer patients after RT
November 7, 2012 -- When used as a rinse, doxepin, a tricyclic antidepressant, reduces oral mucositis pain in patients who receive radiation therapy (RT) for head and neck cancer, according to research from the Mayo Clinic presented at the recent American Society for Radiation Oncology annual meeting.
Radiation concerns broaden beyond CT in ECRI 2013 hazards list
November 6, 2012 -- Medical imaging radiation once again made the list of the ECRI Institute's top 10 rankings of technology hazards for 2013. But this year, the nonprofit group expanded the category from just CT to include a broader range of imaging-related radiation hazards.
Drug aids sexual function of prostate cancer patients after RT
November 6, 2012 -- Sildenafil citrate improves overall sexual function of prostate cancer patients who received radiation therapy (RT), according to trial results presented by researchers from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center at the American Society for Radiation Oncology annual meeting.
Moments in Radiology History: Part 9 -- RSNA centennial
November 5, 2012 -- As RSNA plans to convene its 2012 meeting in just a few weeks, plans are already being laid for the 100-year anniversary of the Chicago congress. In his latest column, radiology historian Otha W. Linton describes how the RSNA rose from humble Midwestern roots to become one of the pre-eminent medical societies in the world.
No good news for imaging in proposed 2013 Medicare rates
November 2, 2012 -- There isn't much to like for medical imaging in new Medicare payment rates for 2013. In a November 1 announcement, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revealed the size of the looming payment cut under the sustainable growth rate formula, and also affirmed a raft of other payment cuts that will affect radiology.
The new radiology: It's all about information
November 2, 2012 -- As the practice of healthcare moves from a fee-for-service to a value-based reimbursement model, radiologists must highlight their most important contribution to patient care -- clinical information -- rather than focusing only on producing and interpreting images, says a commentary in the November Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Quantitative methods find best digital mammo compression
November 2, 2012 -- Identifying the right compression ratios for digital images is never easy, especially for mammography. But Greek researchers believe they may have found a way to determine the optimal ratio though quantitative metrics, rather than subjective assessments such as radiologists' perceptions of image quality.
GAO attacks imaging self-referral, requests pay cut for exams
November 1, 2012 -- A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) takes a hard line on physician self-referral of imaging services, detailing more than $100 million in annual unnecessary spending in CT and MRI alone. The report recommends steps to curb the practice, including a pay cut for self-referred imaging studies.
Radiology residents ponder professionalism in age of Facebook
November 1, 2012 -- Radiology residents aren't immune to inappropriate online behavior, but they can learn to steer clear of it, according to an article in Academic Radiology that examined "digital professionalism." The study found both room for improvement and the desire to achieve it.
Trial evaluates MRgFUS for treating Parkinson's disease
November 1, 2012 -- Surgery can sometimes help patients with their Parkinson's disease symptoms when medications are ineffective. But could transcranial MR-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) offer a better and more noninvasive treatment alternative? Researchers at the University of Virginia are taking the first step toward answering that question.
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