Radiology News
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.
New elastography technique helps characterize breast lesions
June 16, 2010 -- An elastography technique called supersonic shear imaging aids breast lesion characterization when used with B-mode ultrasound, according to a new study from France published in the July issue of Radiology.
Screening VC sorts out incidental kidney lesions
June 15, 2010 -- Incidental renal masses are a common finding at virtual colonoscopy, but fortunately, most can be safely ignored, according to a study of 3,000 patients from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
Abdominal CT malpractice suits aren't always doomsday
June 15, 2010 -- Should you find yourself charged with malpractice in radiology, know the law, know your case, and don't fall into the deposition traps of the plaintiff's lawyer, says an abdominal radiologist who's studied the rhyme and reason of malpractice suits, especially in abdominal CT.
Japanese study takes SNM Image of the Year
June 14, 2010 -- The annual SNM Image of the Year for 2010 comes from researchers at Hokko Memorial Hospital in Sapporo, who fused images of MDCT and technetium-99m sestamibi SPECT to provide information regarding detailed anatomical localization, angiography, and metabolism of an enlarged parathyroid gland.
CT speeds antiangiogenesis therapy assessment
June 14, 2010 -- CT perfusion imaging can spot significant changes in blood flow and volume soon after administration of antiangiogenic therapy, researchers from Munich, Germany, report in a new animal study. Faster assessment can lead to nimbler, more flexible cancer care compared to traditional tumor size measurements.
MRI finds genetic link in Alzheimer's disease
June 14, 2010 -- Researchers in Massachusetts may have uncovered additional evidence that several previously studied genetic variants are associated with the development and progression of Alzheimer's disease, according to a report in the June issue of Archives of Neurology.
Mayo Clinic patients with fatal thyroid cancer beat odds
June 14, 2010 -- An aggressive treatment combining intensity-modulated radiation therapy with chemotherapy has increased survival in patients diagnosed with anaplastic thyroid cancer. Most patients treated at the Mayo Clinic are living one to two years after treatment, versus the median outcome of death in five months.
Unexpected findings on kids' brain MRIs vex doctors
June 14, 2010 -- Pediatricians who perform routine brain MRI scans on their patients need a plan to deal with findings that reveal unexpected but benign anomalies that are unlikely to cause problems, according to study published online June 14 in the journal Pediatrics.
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