Advanced imaging spending drops to bottom of services list
November 26, 2012 -- CHICAGO - A decrease in volume growth and cuts to Medicare payments have left advanced medical imaging near the bottom of all healthcare service categories contributing to overall Medicare spending -- rather than at the head of the pack as policymakers continue to believe, according to research presented Monday morning at RSNA 2012.
MPI used 50 times more often than CCTA, study finds
November 26, 2012 -- CHICAGO - Coronary CT angiography (CCTA) is vastly underutilized compared to SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) in patients with suspected coronary artery disease, despite their status as competitive tests, according to a study presented on Sunday at the RSNA meeting.
MRI shows physical activity can slow dementia, Alzheimer's
November 26, 2012 -- CHICAGO - By using voxel-based morphometry of high-resolution MR images, researchers have discovered that physically active adults have a greater preservation of brain structure and gray matter, according to a presentation at the RSNA meeting.
Toshiba's RSNA highlights include new 320-row CT scanner
November 26, 2012 -- CHICAGO - A new flagship 320-detector-row CT scanner, a price drop for its 1.5-telsa MRI scanner, and new technologies in ultrasound and wireless digital x-ray are among the highlights in the RSNA 2012 booth of Toshiba America Medical Systems.
Virtual colonoscopy shows muscle in finding lesions
November 25, 2012 -- CHICAGO - In a series of presentations at the RSNA 2012 annual meeting, researchers from Korea, Italy, and the U.S. described advances in detecting and diagnosing cancer through the use of virtual colonoscopy, also known as CT colonography or CTC.
PET/MRI tops DWI-MRI for head/neck lymph node metastases
November 25, 2012 -- CHICAGO - PET/MRI outperformed diffusion-weighted MRI (DWI-MRI) for detecting lymph node metastases in the staging of head and neck cancer patients, according to a study presented on Sunday at the RSNA annual meeting.
Breast US could be option for primary cancer screening
November 25, 2012 -- CHICAGO - Breast cancer incidence is increasing worldwide, but screening mammography isn't always available. Could ultrasound serve as a primary test for breast cancer in countries without access to mammography? It's possible, according to research presented on Sunday at the RSNA meeting.
RSNA's Image Share project tackles patient concerns
November 25, 2012 -- CHICAGO - RSNA's Image Share pilot program for patient-driven image exchange has encountered a small number of problems with participants, but most are technical or IT-related and can be readily solved, according to research presented on Sunday at the 2012 RSNA meeting.
Hitachi extends oval-bore MRI to 3 tesla with Trillium Oval
November 25, 2012 -- At the 2011 RSNA meeting, Hitachi Medical Systems America raised eyebrows with the launch of Echelon Oval, a 1.5-tesla MRI scanner with an oval-shaped magnet. This year, Hitachi extends the oval concept to 3 tesla with Trillium Oval, a work-in-progress scanner not yet for sale in the U.S.
Make yourself more visible, RSNA president insists
November 25, 2012 -- CHICAGO - "Step out from behind the curtain and put a face on the radiologist" was the resounding message of Sunday morning's opening session at the annual RSNA meeting. Dr. George Bisset III, RSNA president, emphasized the meeting's theme during his opening remarks and was echoed by colleagues in sessions that followed.
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