Radiology News
Life after healthcare reform: Tracking finances proactively
May 20, 2010 -- In the second part of our two-part series on life after healthcare reform, imaging experts provide advice on how radiology groups and imaging centers can organize their operations so that they thrive in a reimbursement environment that's increasingly tight.
ISCT speakers offer advice on managing CT contrast reactions
May 19, 2010 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Can radiologists better manage adverse reactions from contrast media used during CT studies? Yes, according to a series of presentations on Tuesday at the International Society for Computed Tomography (ISCT) meeting that offered attendees strategies for reducing adverse contrast reactions.
Reduced-voltage cardiac CT works fine -- if you know the rules
May 19, 2010 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Backed by growing clinical evidence, radiologists should step up to the plate and cut the tube voltage in their cardiovascular CT protocols. But getting the benefits without the pitfalls means paying attention to some technical considerations.
320-slice CT identifies vocal cord dysfunction in asthma patients
May 19, 2010 -- NEW ORLEANS - Researchers from Australia at this week's American Thoracic Society meeting suggested that dynamic 320-slice CT can noninvasively pinpoint vocal cord dysfunction among patients with asthma.
Imorgon aims to carve out ultrasound PACS niche
May 19, 2010 -- Dissatisfaction with ultrasound functionality on PACS workstations has been an age-old complaint, leading many institutions to install separate ultrasound PACS to meet their needs. But what if powerful ultrasound capabilities were available within traditional PACS workstation software, offering the best of both worlds?
ACC task force releases 2010 policy on CTA, CMR
May 19, 2010 -- The American College of Cardiology (ACC) Foundation Task Force on Expert Consensus Documents has published the 2010 version of its views on coronary CT angiography (CTA) and cardiac MRI (CMR), detailing the strengths and weaknesses of each technology.
MBIR aims to outshine ASIR for sharpness, CT dose reduction
May 18, 2010 -- Recent studies indicate that CT scanning with an adaptive statistical iterative reconstruction (ASIR) algorithm offers better image quality at a lower radiation dose. But a new algorithm, called model-based iterative reconstruction (MBIR), could be even better, according to a presentation today at the International Society for Computed Tomography meeting.
Neurosurgeon files MRI patent lawsuit against Siemens
May 18, 2010 -- A California neurosurgeon is suing a division of multimodality vendor Siemens Healthcare, charging that the Malvern, PA, company has violated his patents for MRI technology, including diffusion tensor imaging and nerve imaging.
U.K. oncology center learns lessons with tomotherapy adoption
May 18, 2010 -- How does a busy radiation oncology department adopt and implement a new treatment technology with which it has no prior experience? Through careful planning, effective teamwork, and ample time allocated for training and development of a rigorous quality assurance program.
Nocimed develops MR spectroscopy to find source of back pain
May 18, 2010 -- A California company with roots at the University of California, San Francisco is having early success in developing technology to noninvasively diagnose and localize back pain with the help of MR spectroscopy.
Study: Does radiation increase breast cancer risk?
May 18, 2010 -- Radiation exposure can alter the environment surrounding breast tissue cells so that future cells may become cancerous, according to a new study published in the online journal Breast Cancer Research.
Teens contribute to radiology-related research
May 17, 2010 -- Today's teens may have a reputation as slackers addicted to video games and iPhones, but teen researchers are making a difference in medical imaging with research studies presented at medical conferences in the past month, including one at this week's American Thoracic Society meeting in New Orleans.
Virtual colonoscopy adds to number of people getting screened
May 17, 2010 -- The impact of screening virtual colonoscopy in an area where the procedure is fully reimbursable appears not to have affected endoscopic procedures but, instead, has led to an increase in the number of optical colonoscopies performed, say researchers from the University of Wisconsin.
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