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DR summit yields Image Gently CR/DR campaign, ACR dose registry
February 22, 2010 -- The Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging has expanded the scope of its global Image Gently campaign to include computed radiography (CR) and digital radiography (DR) exams. The new initiative was formally launched -- along with a new American College of Radiology DR dose registry -- at a DR summit earlier this month.
Radiologists want more work, study suggests
February 19, 2010 -- The radiology employment market tipped from a shortage to a surplus in 2007, leaving radiologists hungry for more work, according to a new study to be published in the American Journal of Roentgenology. Why? Because imaging departments are increasingly productive and the workload hasn't caught up.
The Profit Center: Part 12 -- Exclusive contracts and hospital stipends under attack
February 19, 2010 -- Fear of rising healthcare costs is being exploited to attack exclusive agreements and stipend support from hospitals to hospital-based physicians, according to healthcare business and legal affairs expert Mark Weiss. He offers advice for counterattack in this edition of the Proft Center.
CDC report: MRI, CT, PET use spikes in physician offices, ER
February 18, 2010 -- The use of advanced diagnostic imaging in physician offices and emergency departments has increased dramatically over the past decade, according to a report issued this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics.
New paper updates guidelines on fluoro radiation injuries
February 18, 2010 -- While much of the recent concern over medical radiation dose has focused on CT, fluoroscopy is another imaging modality that can pack a radiation wallop. In some cases, patients are leaving the fluoroscopy table unaware that they've received enough radiation to cause skin injury.
Radiology IT explores new frontiers
February 18, 2010 -- Radiology continues to discover new ways to deliver modern medicine to remote regions of the world. Nongovernmental organization Shoulder to Shoulder is capitalizing on this trend, optimizing the existing global IT infrastructure to connect advanced healthcare in the U.S. with those who need it in Honduras.
Covidien signs deal to produce Mo-99 at Polish reactor
February 17, 2010 -- Healthcare technology firm Covidien has inked an agreement with the Institute of Atomic Energy in Poland to augment Covidien's supply of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), which is used in the production of the medical isotope technetium-99m.
Lung CAD boosts radiologist accuracy
February 17, 2010 -- Computer-aided detection (CAD) technology can improve the performance of even experienced thoracic radiologists in assessing lung nodules on CT, according to research published in the March issue of Academic Radiology.
PET/CT cost-effective for head, neck squamous cell carcinoma
February 17, 2010 -- FDG-PET/CT is not only most effective for pretreatment screening of distant metastases in patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, the combined modalities do so with no additional costs to healthcare providers, according to researchers in the Netherlands.
USPSTF guidelines influencing doctors, poll finds
February 16, 2010 -- A poll published in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows that the recently updated guidelines on breast screening from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) may be affecting whether doctors recommend mammography for women in their 40s.
Communication failure: A surefire route to malpractice court
February 16, 2010 -- What if radiologists knew that failure to communicate radiologic findings to referring physicians is a factor in 80% of malpractice lawsuits? And payment to plaintiffs in these kinds of cases averaged $1.9 million per case? Most likely, they'd ramp up their communication efforts.
VC screening offers a fresh look at urolithiasis
February 16, 2010 -- A clinical study of more than 5,000 asymptomatic individuals is shedding new light on the prevalence and sequelae of stone disease in adults screened with virtual colonoscopy. Researchers found evidence of calculi in nearly 9% of the study population, results that tweak assumptions about groups thought to be at higher risk of stone disease.
Highest breast cancer decline seen in affluent white women
February 16, 2010 -- Breast cancer rates may be declining overall, but affluent white women are seeing the most significant declines, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health.
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