Structured reporting is coming; the devil's in the details
January 29, 2010 -- How much structure is enough for structured radiology reports? That was the question asked at an RSNA meeting session, where a panel of technology evangelists and session attendees agreed that while more user-friendly structured reporting software would stimulate adoption, the technology behind it doesn't exist yet.
Software offers alerts for patients with past CT scans
January 28, 2010 -- One of the challenges in reducing CT radiation dose is that many institutions don't have automated methods for tracking a patient's past scans. A Rhode Island health system addressed this issue with software that issues alerts for at-risk patients who have received multiple studies.
Preoperative CT may reduce negative appendectomies in women
January 28, 2010 -- A 10-year review of more than 1,000 patients at a North Carolina hospital found that preoperative CT scans may reduce unnecessary surgeries in women of reproductive age with suspected acute appendicitis, according to an article published in the February issue of Radiology.
VC screening effective in Medicare-age screening cohort
January 27, 2010 -- Virtual colonoscopy is effective in older screening subjects and does not result in a high rate of referral to invasive colonoscopy, according to a new study published in the February issue of Radiology. The researchers said their study indicates that VC screening could be valuable for the Medicare population.
Colon stenting no barrier to virtual colonoscopy
January 27, 2010 -- Flexible metallic stenting of the colon is common in patients treated for occlusive colorectal cancers. But conventional colonoscopy isn't a good way to follow up on these patients postoperatively, say Korean researchers.
Medicare coverage spurs 41% growth in colorectal cancer PET use
January 26, 2010 -- A decision by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to approve payment for FDG-PET scans for colorectal cancer patients led to 41% growth in use of the modality at one hospital, according to a study in the February issue of Radiology.
NY Times article details radiation therapy errors
January 26, 2010 -- While cancer patients are undergoing radiation therapy intended to cure them, serious mistakes may be made, all attributable to failure by medical staff to follow detailed, established quality assurance protocols, according to an article published January 24 in the New York Times.
DoE selects GE Hitachi to develop new Mo-99 technology
January 26, 2010 -- GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DoE) National Nuclear Security Administration to develop a new medical isotope-producing technology that eventually may help meet U.S. demand for molybdendum-99 (Mo-99).
Medical images unlikely to change risky behavior, study shows
January 25, 2010 -- If you show an obese person a medical image of their plaque-clogged arteries, will it help motivate them to get more exercise? Not necessarily, although you might have better luck getting smokers to change their ways, according to a new review of literature from the Cochrane Collaboration.
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