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.
SNM: Lower FDG dose is possible with little image degradation June 14, 2012 -- MIAMI BEACH, FL - FDG dose can be reduced by 50% in PET scans without adversely affecting diagnostic performance, even with shorter acquisition times, according to a study presented this week at the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) annual meeting.
SNM: NaF finds more breast cancer bone metastases than FDG June 13, 2012 -- MIAMI BEACH, FL - Sodium fluoride (NaF) PET/CT detected bone metastases in patients with breast cancer more effectively than FDG, especially in cases of restaging, according to a study presented this week at the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) annual meeting.
Repeat VC after 5 years shows few advanced lesions June 13, 2012 -- Individuals who were negative in their first round of virtual colonoscopy screening tend to stay that way at repeat screening five years later. The results are a positive sign that VC is a good way to detect significant lesions before they can advance to malignancies.
JAMA study finds that imaging use is growing even at HMOs June 12, 2012 -- Health maintenance organizations (HMOs) are famous for their ability to cut healthcare costs -- for better or for worse. But not even HMOs were able to curb growth in advanced diagnostic imaging, according to a new study in the June 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.