High pitch equals low dose in coronary CT angiography
March 4, 2010 -- VIENNA - High-pitch dual-source CT exams can evaluate the coronary arteries using about a third of the dose of even prospectively triggered exams, according to a study presented in Thursday's cardiac sessions of the European Congress of Radiology.
Regional RIS/PACS maximizes radiology service in Spain
March 4, 2010 -- VIENNA - A region-wide RIS/PACS in Spain has enabled an area with a low population density and a shortage of radiologists to provide appropriate imaging services for all of its citizens, according to a presentation Thursday at the European Congress of Radiology.
DWI-MRI shows value against PET/CT for oncology
March 4, 2010 -- VIENNA - Diffusion-weighted MRI (DWI-MRI) stacks up well against PET/CT in a variety of oncology applications, such as tumor staging and the assessment of metastatic disease, according to presentations on the opening day of the European Congress of Radiology.
1.5-tesla MRI pinpoints, stages testicular masses
March 4, 2010 -- MRI is an efficient diagnostic tool to evaluate testicular masses and accurately differentiate between benign and malignant intratesticular tumors, according to a study published in the March issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Hospitals need to scramble on stimulus fund goals
March 3, 2010 -- ATLANTA - Speculation about every aspect of healthcare IT adoption is the name of the game at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual meeting this week. Statistics and formal trend analysis presented in an educational session titled "KLAS and HIMSS Analytics Speak Out: What's Real and What Isn't" provided a reality check.
Senate delays Medicare payment cuts until April
March 3, 2010 -- Overcoming opposition from one holdout lawmaker, the Senate has passed a $10 billion bill that further postpones a 21% cut in Medicare payments that went into effect March 1. The cut is mandated due to a flaw in the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula used to calculate Medicare payments.
320-row CT minimizes dose in pediatric abdominal studies
March 3, 2010 -- It's no secret that CT radiation dose levels in children -- especially in the emergency department, where patients are fidgety and physicians need fast answers -- are too high. One solution, investigated by researchers from Toronto and Berlin, is wide-area-detector scans with 320-detector-row CT.
HIMSS vendors chase 'meaningful use' -- and stimulus dollars
March 2, 2010 -- ATLANTA - "Show me the money." This oft-quoted line memorialized in the film "Jerry Maguire" would be as appropriate a theme for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2010 annual meeting, being held this week, as its official motto: "Change is everywhere ... opportunity is here."
Medical groups tell Congress more radiation rules are needed
March 1, 2010 -- In part 2 of our coverage of the February 26 medical radiation hearings in Congress, we report on the testimony of medical groups representing radiology and radiation oncology, who tackled the issue of rising patient exposure head-on, telling lawmakers that more regulation is needed.
Obama gets virtual colonoscopy, keeps presidential powers
March 1, 2010 -- As part of his first annual comprehensive physical exam as chief executive, U.S. President Barack Obama underwent a virtual colonoscopy exam that found him free of colorectal polyps or cancer, chief White House physician and Navy Captain Dr. Jeffrey Kuhlman told reporters Sunday.
One-quarter of outpatient CT and MR exams are inappropriate
March 1, 2010 -- More than 25% of outpatient CT and MR exams ordered by primary care physicians at a hospital in the state of Washington were inappropriate, according to a new study in the March edition of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Adding images to radiology reports makes clinicians happy
March 1, 2010 -- Embedding selected images into radiology reports may save time and improve communication between radiologists and clinicians, according to a study published in the March issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology. In rare cases, the attached images can even affect patient management.
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