STIR MRI needs no contrast to visualize lower cranial nerves
September 19, 2012 -- High-resolution short-tau inversion-recovery (STIR) MRI without contrast is feasible for the simultaneous evaluation of lower cranial nerves and the vessels in the posterior fossa, according to a study in the September issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
One-size-fits-all radiology reports may not please everyone
September 19, 2012 -- While various radiology report formats may not produce differences in efficiency or reading comprehension, efforts to standardize reporting formats may be complicated by disparate reader habits and preferences, according to research from the University of Arizona and the University of Maryland.
U-Systems lands final clearance for somo.v for dense breasts
September 18, 2012 -- Automated breast ultrasound technology developer U-Systems has become the first vendor to receive U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance to market a device specifically for use in screening women with dense breasts.
Image Gently expands dose reduction campaign to digital x-ray
September 18, 2012 -- The Image Gently radiation dose reduction campaign has launched a new initiative targeting the most common imaging exam of all: radiography. The group's new Back to Basics initiative, launched today, is intended to strengthen radiation protection in children as radiography shifts from analog film to digital x-ray.
Helium shortage lingers for hospitals and imaging centers
September 18, 2012 -- Hospitals and medical imaging centers across the U.S. are keeping a watchful eye on supplies of helium -- a key ingredient in cooling MRI magnets -- as their sources have been on strict allocations for several months.
Exploiting log files for optimal radiotherapy QA
September 18, 2012 -- Quality assurance (QA) of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) is a vital component in the radiotherapy process, but current QA procedures are far from optimal. Log files produced by radiotherapy systems can be exploited to vastly improve IMRT quality assurance.
Big iron may not be big driver of healthcare costs
September 17, 2012 -- A new analysis of growth in healthcare costs at U.S. hospitals found that medical imaging technology accounted for only 5% of the growth in healthcare expenses, an amount that was dwarfed by the increasing cost of medical supplies, according to an article in Health Services Research.
ASCO BCS: Does breast MRI before surgery really help?
September 14, 2012 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Whether preoperative breast MRI contributes to better diagnostic accuracy and patient outcomes is one of the most controversial areas in breast imaging. The topic was explored in a discussion on September 13 at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's (ASCO) Breast Cancer Symposium (BCS).
Piramal moves ahead with florbetaben PET for Alzheimer's
September 14, 2012 -- Since its acquisition of Bayer Pharma's molecular imaging agent portfolio five months ago, Piramal Imaging has been making steady progress in advancing its PET tracer designed to detect beta-amyloid deposits in the brain, which have been linked to early signs of Alzheimer's disease.
ASCO BCS: Mammography use dropped 5% after USPSTF change
September 13, 2012 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Use of screening mammography among women ages 40 to 49 dropped 5% in private health plans after the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) changed its guidelines in 2009, according to a study presented on September 13 at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's (ASCO) Breast Cancer Symposium (BCS).
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