PACS-integrated lung CT CAD increases reader sensitivity
June 26, 2012 -- When computer-aided detection (CAD) technology is integrated directly into a PACS workstation and clinical workflow, it can significantly increase reader sensitivity for detecting lung nodules in thoracic CT exams, according to a study published online in the Journal of Digital Imaging.
Calif. radiation fix-up bill adds dose of controversy
June 26, 2012 -- A California bill designed to smooth over some rough patches in the California Radiation Protection Act before it takes effect on July 1 has instead become a road to controversy in the state's radiology community.
Incidental findings on CT lung screening offer benefits, costs
June 26, 2012 -- Incidental findings uncovered at low-dose CT lung cancer screening increase the overall yield of malignancies diagnosed from the annual exams for high-risk, asymptomatic patients, but their evaluation adds an additional layer of cost to such programs, Danish researchers have found.
Breast ultrasound performs well in wake of density laws
June 25, 2012 -- Technologist-performed handheld screening breast ultrasound -- offered to women in the general population with dense breasts -- can help detect small mammographically occult breast cancers, although overall positive predictive value is low, according to a study published online June 21 in Radiology.
DRA slowed self-referral but didn't stop it, study shows
June 25, 2012 -- While the 2005 Deficit Reduction Act (DRA) did reduce the growth rate of in-office, noninvasive musculoskeletal imaging performed by nonradiologists, the legislation failed to stifle the practice, according to a new study published in the July issue of Radiology.
MRI with gadolinium oxide particles finds more MS lesions
June 25, 2012 -- The combination of gadolinium and ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide particles in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) reveals 51% more active lesions in MRI scans than gadolinium alone, French researchers report in the July issue of Radiology.
AATS lung cancer guidelines broaden screening criteria
June 22, 2012 -- A task force for the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) has issued new clinical guidelines for CT lung cancer screening that substantially broaden the screening criteria compared to recommendations published last month by the American College of Chest Physicians.
GE unveils custom CT dose-reduction initiative
June 22, 2012 -- GE Healthcare launched its Blueprint program, a new service intended to help institutions and health systems lower CT radiation dose via customized dose-reduction plans, at a Thursday press conference at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in Lake Success, NY.
Novel PET/CT device offers insight into inflammatory arthritis
June 22, 2012 -- Researchers in California have developed a unique extremity PET/CT system that may become a promising tool for monitoring disease activity and studying the pathogenesis of inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis.
Confidence boosts mammography interpretation accuracy
June 22, 2012 -- Radiologists who are confident in their mammography exam interpretations tend to be more accurate, according to a new study published in the July issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
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