Massive VC study yields trove of extracolonic cancers
March 23, 2010 -- A study of more than 10,000 asymptomatic screening subjects found that more than one in 200 had unsuspected and typically large but mostly early-stage cancers detected outside the colon at virtual colonoscopy.
FDA action may rain on iPhone's medical imaging parade
March 23, 2010 -- Interest is booming in the use of mobile devices such as Apple's iPhone for image viewing applications. But that excitement may be dampened somewhat with a recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration decision to classify an iPhone image viewing application as a class III device requiring premarket approval.
Healthcare reform bill stakes utilization rate at 65%, for now
March 23, 2010 -- The healthcare reform legislation that passed the U.S. Congress on March 21 contains many provisions that haven't garnered the same level of attention as the Cornhusker kickback or the Stupak abortion amendment. But radiology is keenly interested in a number of the more arcane sections of the bill.
Breast cancer risk assessment starts with the right questions
March 23, 2010 -- To effectively care for women at high risk for breast cancer, screening must become much more tailored, taking into account individual women's risk factors and using additional imaging modalities if necessary, according to a researcher from the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville.
MRI finds hip, pelvic abnormalities in healthy hockey players
March 23, 2010 -- Researchers in Pennsylvania have found that 70% of healthy professional and collegiate hockey players had abnormal hip and pelvis MRI scans, even though they had no symptoms of injury. The findings could serve as a warning to surgeons that they should not rely excessively on MRI results to diagnose and plan a course of treatment or surgery for patients, they said.
Obama to revel in hard-fought healthcare victory
March 23, 2010 -- WASHINGTON (Reuters), Mar 23 - President Barack Obama will revel on Tuesday in the passage of landmark healthcare legislation, a hard-fought win that will help shape his legacy and the Democrats' chances of holding power in the Congress.
Diffusion-weighted MRI may help detect autoimmune pancreatitis
March 23, 2010 -- NEW YORK (Reuters Health), Mar 23 - Diffusion-weighted MRI is useful in differentiating autoimmune pancreatitis from pancreatic cancer and in gauging the efficacy of steroid therapy for pancreatitis, the results of a Japanese study suggest.
Gene variants plus radiotherapy may up risk of contralateral breast cancer
March 23, 2010 -- NEW YORK (Reuters Health), Mar 23 - Breast cancer patients with ATM missense variants who receive radiation therapy appear to be at increased risk for contralateral breast cancer, according to a report in the March 19 online issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
House approves sweeping healthcare overhaul
March 22, 2010 -- WASHINGTON (Reuters), Mar 22 - The House of Representatives gave final approval to a sweeping healthcare overhaul on Sunday, expanding insurance coverage to nearly all Americans and handing President Barack Obama a landmark victory.
Study offers more nuanced view of U.S. imaging use rates
March 22, 2010 -- Substantial regional variations in imaging utilization rates exist across the U.S., but the differences are not as high as reported in previous studies, according to new research published in the April issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
SNM warns of 'significant disruptions' in Mo-99 supply
March 22, 2010 -- With a confluence of nuclear reactor shutdowns around the world this week, SNM is warning nuclear medicine practitioners to brace for the "one of the most significant disruptions ever in the supply of molybdenum-99" (Mo-99) from March 21 to April 11.
Can DBT unseat MRI for screening high-risk women?
March 22, 2010 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) has the potential to be a useful tool for screening women with dense breasts. But the fact that it adds more radiation exposure is problematic, especially when compared to MRI, according to a speaker at this week's National Consortium of Breast Centers conference in Las Vegas.
Closer follow-up reduces postmammography diagnosis delays
March 22, 2010 -- For low-income women with abnormal mammograms, using a case management approach for follow-up is an effective tool that can deliver a more timely diagnostic resolution, according to a study published online March 16 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.