Save On Medical helps patients shop imaging exams
February 8, 2013 -- For decades, healthcare has remained outside of the consumer business model. But as costs shift to patients, consumers are making healthcare decisions the same as they make other purchases in their lives: with price looming large. Save On Medical hopes to facilitate this process by offering price comparisons for imaging services.
CAD can automatically detect vertebral fractures on CT
February 8, 2013 -- Computer-aided detection (CAD) technology can be used to help diagnose vertebral body fractures on trauma CT exams, according to research from the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
How to take action against radiology threats: Part 2
February 7, 2013 -- In this two-part series, Dr. David C. Levin and Dr. Vijay Rao from Thomas Jefferson University outline actions that radiologists can take to address threats to the specialty. In part 2, Levin provides eight steps that radiologists can take to protect themselves.
Imaging vendors target China's rural healthcare market
February 7, 2013 -- As China rushes to modernize its healthcare system, big cities such as Beijing and Shanghai have attracted most of the attention. But medical imaging vendors are now moving into China's vast countryside. Owen Tang of ChinaBionews offers a look at China's new frontier for growth.
Gold nanoparticles offer future potential as cancer treatment
February 7, 2013 -- Researchers have demonstrated the ability to harness powerful radioactive particles and direct them toward small cancer tumors using gold-plated nanoparticles, according to an article published online January 18 in PLOS One.
Ultrasound CAD aids in characterizing breast lesions
February 6, 2013 -- Ultrasound computer-aided detection (CAD) technology can improve reader accuracy and diagnostic confidence for distinguishing between benign and malignant breast lesions, according to Japanese researchers.
Accelerated RT with boost works well for breast cancer patients
February 6, 2013 -- Accelerated whole-breast radiation therapy (RT), which shortens radiation treatment duration by half, is proved to be as effective as conventional therapy for early-stage breast cancer patients. Whether a concomitant boost is needed remains a subject of debate among radiation oncologists due to the overall treatment's potential toxicity.
Study finds biennial mammograms just fine for older women
February 5, 2013 -- Screening mammography every two years for women ages 66 to 89 is just as beneficial as annual screening exams, regardless of whether the women have comorbidities. What's more, less frequent screening reduces false-positive rates by 19 percentage points, according to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Risks of CT-induced cancer minuscule to young adults
February 5, 2013 -- A long-term analysis of nearly 22,000 young adults undergoing CT scans shows that they are at far greater risk of dying from underlying disease than from radiation-induced cancer, according to a study in Radiology.
Study shows PiB-PET detects amyloid plaque in heart
February 5, 2013 -- Swedish researchers are expanding the use of PET imaging with carbon-11-labeled Pittsburgh Compound B (PiB) to cardiac amyloidosis, confirming the biomarker's ability to detect amyloid plaque deposits in the heart in a first-of-its-kind study in the February issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
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