NEJM: Low-dose CT good enough to diagnose appendicitis April 25, 2012 -- Low-dose CT is nearly equivalent to the standard-dose scan for diagnosing appendicitis, and it's accurate enough to serve as a first-line diagnostic modality while delivering less than one-fourth the radiation dose of full-strength CT, researchers report in a study published in the April 26 New England Journal of Medicine.
Mammography screening for younger women: Just do it April 25, 2012 -- Screening younger women for breast cancer catches tumors at an earlier stage and smaller size, and it also finds high-risk lesions in time for treatment, reducing a woman's subsequent risk, according to a study published in the May issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Percutaneous cholecystostomy deemed safe for patients over 80 April 25, 2012 -- Patients in their 80s can tolerate percutaneous cholecystostomy, with or without subsequent surgery or related procedures, just as well as younger patients, according to a new report from the University of California, San Francisco and the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
AAN: DaTscan SPECT tracer changes Parkinson's treatment April 24, 2012 -- Results from a randomized clinical trial being presented at this week's American Academy of Neurology (AAN) meeting suggest that the SPECT radiopharmaceutical DaTscan can help clinicians distinguish between tremors due to Parkinson's disease and non-Parkinsonian essential tremor, expediting appropriate treatment.
ACR: Breast density notification isn't the whole story April 24, 2012 -- Is it a good idea to require radiologists to notify women of their breast density on mammography reports? While there are some merits to the idea, breast density is a complex topic that needs to be handled carefully, according to a new position statement from the American College of Radiology (ACR).
Cocaine use linked to mixed coronary plaque on CT April 24, 2012 -- Cocaine users are known to have higher-than-normal rates of acute coronary syndrome compared to others at risk of heart disease. Researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina used dual-source CT to learn more about how cocaine use affects the development of coronary atherosclerosis.
AJR: Mammo interpretation time linked to clinical findings April 24, 2012 -- Radiologists spend more time viewing mammographic findings for women who are ultimately recalled than for women who are not -- and the more confident they are in their interpretations, the less time they spend, according to a study in the April issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
American Lung Association supports CT screening for smokers April 23, 2012 -- Based on mounting evidence that lung cancer screening with CT can save lives, the American Lung Association on Monday recommended CT lung cancer screening for smokers and former smokers. The move is a major step toward the development of a population-based CT screening program in the U.S.
Migrating to the Cloud: Part 2 -- Vendor selection and contracts April 23, 2012 -- In the second part of our series on navigating the challenges of bringing healthcare data to the cloud, AuntMinnie.com provides suggestions from attorneys Melissa Markey and Margaret Marchak on vendor selection, contracting matters, and disaster recovery.