New report shows angio procedure growth stalling
December 15, 2011 -- Procedure volume at U.S. angiography labs slowed to a 1% annual growth rate in 2010, compared with rates greater than 4% in previous years. Future market growth in the angiography segment may rely on sales of replacement systems, according to a new report by market research firm IMV Medical Information Division.
Size matters: iPad tops iPhone for evaluating acute stroke
December 14, 2011 -- Both the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 can be employed by on-call neuroradiologists for evaluating acute stroke, according to research presented at the recent RSNA 2011 meeting in Chicago. The iPad 2 was judged to be the better option, however.
Feds arrest 14 for allegedly taking kickbacks from MRI center
December 13, 2011 -- Federal and local law enforcement agents have arrested 14 healthcare practitioners in New Jersey for allegedly accepting kickbacks for patient referrals to an MRI center in the state. Authorities charge that Orange Community MRI paid healthcare providers for referrals of Medicare and Medicaid patients, in violation of federal law.
Self-referring docs order more MRI studies
December 13, 2011 -- A pair of studies presented at this month's RSNA 2011 meeting adds to the growing body of evidence underscoring the negative impact of physician self-referral. Duke University researchers found that orthopedic physicians who have a financial interest in MRI equipment order more studies and also have higher rates of negative exams.
MRI can change diagnoses, care management of knee disorders
December 13, 2011 -- The use of MRI for knee disorders can improve diagnostic confidence, and it frequently changes clinical diagnosis and patient care management, according to a study presented at RSNA 2011 by researchers from the Cleveland Clinic.
MRI not needed prior to steroid injection for lower back pain
December 13, 2011 -- An MRI scan prior to epidural steroid injection for patients with chronic lower back pain may not improve outcomes and has only a minor effect on physicians' decision-making, according to a study published online December 12 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Dose experts look at radiation risk, error, and uncertainty
December 12, 2011 -- What's the latest on risk from medical radiation? It all depends on the exam and the patient, of course, but knowledge is evolving, and some newer evidence suggests higher risks from smaller doses, according to speakers presenting last Friday at a Washington, DC, symposium.
Despite guidelines, older adults continue cancer screening
December 12, 2011 -- After age 75, routine screening is no longer recommended for cervical, prostate, breast, and colorectal cancers. But that inconvenient truth hasn't stopped older Americans from continuing to get the tests, according to a study appearing today in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
SABCS: Study links APBI to higher complication rates
December 12, 2011 -- Accelerated partial-breast irradiation (APBI) brachytherapy is associated with higher rates of late mastectomies, postoperative complications, and radiation-related toxicities compared with traditional whole-breast irradiation, according to a study presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS).
DR chest tomosynthesis helps characterize lung lesions
December 12, 2011 -- The use of chest tomosynthesis with a digital radiography (DR) system enabled radiologists to characterize pulmonary lesions, circumventing the need for further diagnostic workup of patients with CT, according to a study by Italian researchers.
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