CT screening of COPD patients could boost cancer detection
June 19, 2012 -- Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may carry a high enough risk for lung cancer to qualify them along with middle-aged smokers for annual low-dose CT lung cancer screenings -- even though they aren't covered under recently released guidelines.
Training bolsters MRI reading accuracy for appendicitis
June 19, 2012 -- Proper training and guidance from more-experienced radiologists can improve the diagnostic accuracy of less-experienced readers in evaluating abdominal MR images for acute appendicitis, according to a study published online June 14 in Radiology.
ISCT: Dose-reduction technique explores reader perceptions
June 18, 2012 -- SAN FRANCISCO - An evolving CT dose-reduction technique looks beyond simulated image noise as a measure of image quality, and instead aims to optimize dose based on what the radiologist needs to see, according to a presentation on Monday at the International Society for Computed Tomography (ISCT) annual meeting.
FFDM fails to lower missed-cancer percentage, study shows
June 18, 2012 -- Full-field digital mammography (FFDM) does not improve upon the performance of film-screen mammography, at least in terms of the percentage of missed interval and screening-detected cancers, Norwegian researchers reported in a study published online June 14 in Radiology.
Federal suit names Fla. radiation oncologists, hospitals
June 18, 2012 -- Two radiation oncologists who run the radiation therapy departments at one hospital and a large multispecialty clinic in Pensacola have been hit with federal charges that they billed Medicare and other government healthcare agencies for procedures without providing supervision as required by federal law. The hospital and clinic have also been named as defendants in the case.
Study shows patients unclear about radiologists' role
June 18, 2012 -- Radiologists may be the critical link between ordering physicians and patients, but their role is not clearly understood by the patient population -- and that's bad news for the ongoing vitality of the profession, according to a new study published in this month's Academic Radiology.
Report ties keepsake ultrasound to fetal gender tests in Canada
June 15, 2012 -- An investigative report has caused a stir in Canada after it revealed that keepsake ultrasound clinics are willing to provide the gender of fetuses before 20 weeks of gestation. This is early enough for women to request an abortion and feeds into the phenomenon of female feticide in some immigrant communities in Canada.
Postmortem CT shows cause of death after acute chest pain
June 15, 2012 -- Postmortem CT angiography combined with image-guided biopsy can nearly always determine the cause of death in patients who succumb after acute chest pain, a question that has often gone unanswered, according to a Swiss study published in Radiology.
ATA advises thyroid collars not needed for mammography
June 14, 2012 -- Thyroid collars are not need for mammograms, according to new guidelines on minimizing radiation dose issued on June 13 by the American Thyroid Association (ATA). However, the association advised a number of other steps to minimize unnecessary exposure to radiation from medical and dental imaging procedures, such as the use of collars for dental x-rays.
ACS reports 13.7M cancer survivors in U.S.
June 14, 2012 -- The American Cancer Society (ACS), working in collaboration with the U.S. National Cancer Institute, has published its first report surveying cancer survivorship in the U.S., estimating that 13.7 million cancer patients have survived their disease.
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