JAMA: SPECT/CT works well to guide node excision
September 11, 2012 -- Using SPECT/CT scans to guide the excision of sentinel lymph nodes in melanoma patients produced both a greater rate of metastasis detection and higher disease-free survival rates, according to a study in the September 12 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
A rocky road awaits radiologists during Obamacare rollout
September 11, 2012 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Higher taxes, lower reimbursement, and more federal control over the use of advanced imaging in clinical practice. Dr. Frank J. Lexa used these terms to describe a dark vision of radiology after healthcare reform at the 2012 California Radiological Society annual meeting.
Cranial irradiation decreases NSCLC metastases
September 11, 2012 -- Cranial irradiation of patients with stage III non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) significantly reduces the risk of developing brain metastases. However, it has no effect on survival, according to a presentation at the Chicago Multidisciplinary Symposium in Thoracic Oncology held September 6-8.
Chang: Radiologists must manage imaging to survive
September 10, 2012 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Dashboards and scorecards providing tangible measures of performance can serve as a potent defense for radiologists against forces that are attempting to loosen their control over medical imaging, according to PACS pioneer Dr. Paul Chang.
Study finds screening mammo cuts breast cancer deaths by half
September 10, 2012 -- It's time to move on in the debate over screening mammography's effectiveness, according to Australian researchers, who found that mammography reduces breast cancer mortality by 49%. They reported their results in a paper this month in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.
Meningioma patients report good QOL years after radiotherapy
September 10, 2012 -- A patient diagnosed with meningioma of the skull base can have several treatment options, all with known risks. Radiation therapy may be the more palatable option, maintaining or improving quality of life (QOL), according to a new study published in Radiotherapy and Oncology.
BMJ: Use MRI to investigate young BRCA1/2 mutation carriers
September 7, 2012 -- Women carrying a mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes who have undergone a mammogram or chest x-ray before the age of 30 are more likely to develop breast cancer, researchers from Amsterdam noted yesterday in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).
Outcomes improve for early-stage NSCLC patients
September 7, 2012 -- Outcomes have improved in patients with stage I non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in the U.S. since 1999, with the improvement presumably coming from radiation therapy, according to a study presented at this week's Chicago Multidisciplinary Symposium in Thoracic Oncology.
Planning APBI treatment for patients with pacemakers
September 7, 2012 -- Breast cancer patients with cardiac pacemakers implanted on the same side of the body as the diseased breast may require surgical relocation of the device prior to radiotherapy. However, if the patient qualifies for accelerated partial-breast irradiation (APBI) using high-dose brachytherapy, the surgery might not be necessary.
Imaging Interoperability: Part 1 -- New options
September 7, 2012 -- presents the first in a two-part series from Jonathan Shoemaker and Jef Williams of Ascendian Healthcare Consulting. In part 1, the authors explain how vendor-neutral archives can provide much-needed interoperability in today's tumultuous healthcare environment.
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