Study finds variations in APBI brachytherapy adoption
December 16, 2011 -- A new study has found that the adoption of brachytherapy-based accelerated partial-breast irradiation (APBI) has varied widely across the U.S., raising questions about whether the treatment is being used appropriately in breast cancer patients.
PET/MRI comparable to PET/CT in oncologic applications
December 16, 2011 -- For the first time, researchers have shown that whole-body PET/MR can detect hypermetabolic lesions in cancer patients with similar sensitivity to PET/CT, setting the foundation for future studies to validate the use of PET/MR for specific clinical indications.
Fuji proposes $995M acquisition of SonoSite
December 15, 2011 -- Japanese industrial giant Fujifilm has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire compact-ultrasound developer SonoSite for approximately $995 million.
New report shows angio procedure growth stalling
December 15, 2011 -- Procedure volume at U.S. angiography labs slowed to a 1% annual growth rate in 2010, compared with rates greater than 4% in previous years. Future market growth in the angiography segment may rely on sales of replacement systems, according to a new report by market research firm IMV Medical Information Division.
Size matters: iPad tops iPhone for evaluating acute stroke
December 14, 2011 -- Both the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 can be employed by on-call neuroradiologists for evaluating acute stroke, according to research presented at the recent RSNA 2011 meeting in Chicago. The iPad 2 was judged to be the better option, however.
Feds arrest 14 for allegedly taking kickbacks from MRI center
December 13, 2011 -- Federal and local law enforcement agents have arrested 14 healthcare practitioners in New Jersey for allegedly accepting kickbacks for patient referrals to an MRI center in the state. Authorities charge that Orange Community MRI paid healthcare providers for referrals of Medicare and Medicaid patients, in violation of federal law.
Self-referring docs order more MRI studies
December 13, 2011 -- A pair of studies presented at this month's RSNA 2011 meeting adds to the growing body of evidence underscoring the negative impact of physician self-referral. Duke University researchers found that orthopedic physicians who have a financial interest in MRI equipment order more studies and also have higher rates of negative exams.
MRI can change diagnoses, care management of knee disorders
December 13, 2011 -- The use of MRI for knee disorders can improve diagnostic confidence, and it frequently changes clinical diagnosis and patient care management, according to a study presented at RSNA 2011 by researchers from the Cleveland Clinic.
MRI not needed prior to steroid injection for lower back pain
December 13, 2011 -- An MRI scan prior to epidural steroid injection for patients with chronic lower back pain may not improve outcomes and has only a minor effect on physicians' decision-making, according to a study published online December 12 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Dose experts look at radiation risk, error, and uncertainty
December 12, 2011 -- What's the latest on risk from medical radiation? It all depends on the exam and the patient, of course, but knowledge is evolving, and some newer evidence suggests higher risks from smaller doses, according to speakers presenting last Friday at a Washington, DC, symposium.
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