Watson computer offers potential for healthcare decisions
February 29, 2012 -- Is it easy to harness the power of a supercomputer to make it useful, practical, and affordable for healthcare applications? Not really, attendees surmised after a presentation at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual meeting last week in Las Vegas.
USPSTF erred in calculating breast screening harms, study says
February 28, 2012 -- The number of women who need to be screened to prevent one breast cancer death is much smaller than the statistic used by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) in its controversial 2009 screening recommendations, according to a study published in the March issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
iPhone shows high accuracy for knee MRI
February 28, 2012 -- The iPhone is a fine platform for interpreting knee MRI images, and for most injuries it's equivalent to a workstation, according to a new study by Canadian researchers that was presented earlier this month at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons meeting in San Francisco.
Limited RT for brain metastases improves QOL, survival
February 28, 2012 -- When prescribing radiation therapy (RT) for cancer patients with brain metastases, a less-is-better approach may prove better for the patient with respect to both quality of life (QOL) and survival, according to an article published in the February issue of the American Journal of Clinical Oncology.
CT perfusion plus PET/CT aids lung cancer diagnosis
February 27, 2012 -- Adding CT perfusion scans to routine PET/CT offers critical new information about tumor viability that can improve staging and management noninvasively in patients with suspected lung cancer, according to a study from Italy.
Siemens targets lower price point with new 3T MRI system
February 27, 2012 -- Siemens Healthcare on Monday unveiled details of Magnetom Spectra, its new 3-tesla MRI system, three days prior to its formal debut at this week's annual meeting of the European Congress of Radiology in Vienna.
CT confirms extent of lung involvement in H1N1 pneumonia
February 27, 2012 -- Severe H1N1 pneumonia has a distinct imaging signature, according to University of California, Los Angeles researchers, who presented their work at the Society of Critical Care Medicine meeting earlier this month.
HIMSS: No magic bullet for critical results communication
February 24, 2012 -- LAS VEGAS - Communication of critical radiology results is a vital issue, but there isn't a magic bullet that can prevent all communication errors, according to a presentation Thursday at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting.
CMS releases stage 2 meaningful use proposed rule -- with imaging
February 24, 2012 -- In a step that gives clarity to healthcare providers looking to capitalize on federal healthcare IT stimulus funding, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published a proposed rule that provides the stage 2 requirements for the government's "meaningful use" program.
HIMSS: EHR, mobile device use catapult security threats
February 23, 2012 -- Mobile devices have become a part of imaging informatics delivery hardware -- and therefore need to be part of the security plan. A Wednesday presentation at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting covered this all-important topic of security breaches in healthcare.
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