Radiologists must exploit IT to secure their future: Part 1 November 27, 2012 -- CHICAGO - Although healthcare reform and alternatives to the traditional fee-for-service model pose challenges to radiology, advances in information technology can help radiologists clearly demonstrate their value in patient care, according to Dr. Keith Dreyer, PhD, of Massachusetts General Hospital.
Standardized workflow lexicon project SWIMs toward completion November 27, 2012 -- CHICAGO - Optimizing workflow is a universal goal of any radiology department. Dashboards keep managers abreast of what's happening, but making comparisons is difficult because a standardized workflow lexicon doesn't exist. This will change with SWIM, according to a Monday scientific session at the RSNA meeting.
CT can replace x-ray for pediatric cystic fibrosis patients November 27, 2012 -- CHICAGO - Ultralow-dose CT is on par with a frontal chest x-ray in terms of dose (0.05 mSv) and gives an accurate diagnosis in pediatric cystic fibrosis patients, Belgian researchers revealed on Monday afternoon at the annual RSNA meeting.
PET/MRI matches PET/CT for gynecological malignancies November 27, 2012 -- CHICAGO - PET/MRI can be comparable to PET/CT and holds "great promise" for patients with gynecological malignancies, potentially reducing scan time and radiation exposure, according to a study presented on Monday at the RSNA annual meeting.
Tomosynthesis plus FFDM slashes recall rates November 27, 2012 -- CHICAGO - Adding digital tomosynthesis to mammography for screening lowers recall rates by at least a third -- particularly in younger women or those with dense breast tissue, according to a scientific session given Monday afternoon at the RSNA meeting.
GE unites PACS and 3D, quiets MRI scans, shows ABUS at RSNA November 27, 2012 -- CHICAGO - A variety of new technology is on display in the RSNA booth of GE Healthcare, ranging from an automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) scanner to MRI noise reduction techniques. The vendor will also highlight new image viewing software that unifies its PACS and advanced visualization applications into a single viewing platform.
MRI shows bicycling may help patients with Parkinson's November 27, 2012 -- CHICAGO - In a study using functional connectivity MRI, researchers found that patients with Parkinson's disease who more quickly pedaled a stationary bicycle showed positive brain changes associated with improved motor function. The results were presented on Monday at RSNA 2012.
DTI-MRI indicates chances of concussion recovery November 26, 2012 -- CHICAGO - Use of diffusion-tensor MRI (DTI-MRI) could help detect subtle injuries that can last from hours to months in patients with mild traumatic brain injury, according to a study presented on Monday at the RSNA annual meeting.
Meaningful use is achievable for academic radiology practices November 26, 2012 -- CHICAGO - Should a U.S. academic radiology practice participate in the "meaningful use" initiative? An academic hospital with a program in place could provide significant benefits, but without it, there will be hurdles, according to a Sunday afternoon refresher course at the RSNA annual meeting.
CT emphysema measures higher in former vs. current smokers November 26, 2012 -- CHICAGO - Confirming a counterintuitive finding that researchers will need to explore more fully, current long-term smokers showed lower CT measures of emphysema than former smokers in a study presented on Monday at the RSNA meeting.