AAPM issues guidelines for radiation therapy error databases
January 18, 2013 -- With the goal of improving radiation therapy safety, the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) has published technical recommendations to aid developers of databases that are designed to track and record treatment errors and near misses.
SGR patch, 2013 edition: What just happened?
January 17, 2013 -- It's become a recurring end-of-year political drama: Congress scrambles to ward off massive cuts to Medicare reimbursement with a temporary patch of the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. But this year's SGR theatrics came to a shocking climax: a stab in the back for radiology.
Medical societies say 'not so fast' with stage 3 meaningful use
January 17, 2013 -- Major healthcare organizations think the U.S. government may be moving too fast in its "meaningful use" program to convince healthcare providers to adopt electronic records. The groups are recommending that stage 3 requirements be delayed until the effectiveness of the meaningful use program can be evaluated.
DBT bests mammo for working up suspicious lesions
January 16, 2013 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is more accurate than mammography for working up suspicious findings on screening exams, which could translate into fewer recalls and unnecessary biopsies, researchers from Pittsburgh report in the January issue of Radiology.
MRI tumor features help predict breast cancer recurrence
January 16, 2013 -- Certain tumor features as seen on contrast-enhanced breast MRI may be predictive of breast cancer recurrence, potentially helping clinicians assess prognosis and determine the most appropriate treatment, according to a study from the University of Pennsylvania.
Automated method makes CT dose estimates easier
January 15, 2013 -- Radiologists may soon be able to calculate the optimal radiation dose for CT scans through a new technique that automatically calculates patient diameter from CT images. The protocol could eliminate the need for body mass index calculations and manual measurements of patient size.
VC improves screening compliance at military facilities
January 15, 2013 -- The availability of virtual colonoscopy appeared to significantly increase the rate of colorectal cancer screening in a study of individuals ages 50 to 75 from U.S. military medical facilities. Results of the study were published in the January issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Moments in Radiology History: Part 11 -- The 1st residents
January 14, 2013 -- The early years of radiology saw many physicians take up the new discipline with little or no formal training. That soon began to change with the establishment of the first radiology residency program in 1915, which accepted one resident, according to radiology historian Otha Linton.
Kinect suitable for surgical manipulation of MR images
January 14, 2013 -- Microsoft's Kinect motion-sensing gaming device is reliable for surgeons to use to manipulate MR images on operating room workstations, according to research from the Purdue University Department of Industrial Engineering.
Serial compression US can exclude DVT in pregnant women
January 14, 2013 -- Serial compression ultrasound and Doppler imaging can reliably and safely exclude deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in pregnant women who are suspected of having the condition, according to research published online on Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
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