Cochrane: Doppler US improves outcomes in high-risk pregnancies
January 20, 2010 -- The use of Doppler ultrasound to monitor fetal health during high-risk pregnancies improves outcomes by decreasing the number of both cesarean sections and perinatal deaths, according to a new meta-analysis from the Cochrane Collaboration.
New guidelines issued for treatment of brain metastases
January 20, 2010 -- The most effective treatment for patients with newly diagnosed brain metastases is either surgical resection or stereotactic radiosurgery followed by whole-brain radiation, according to new evidence-based guidelines issued by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons in the Journal of Neuro-Oncology.
Radiology mobilizes to help Haiti in wake of devastating earthquake
January 19, 2010 -- University of Virginia radiologist Dr. Gia Deangelis came perilously close to being one of the casualties in last week's massive earthquake in Haiti. Deangelis was supposed to be in Port-au-Prince on January 12, the day the quake struck, and has now returned to help with the relief effort.
Experience counts when reading contrast ultrasound liver images
January 19, 2010 -- Radiologists with experience reading contrast-enhanced ultrasound images have the upper hand over neophytes in characterizing malignant liver tumors, according to research published in the January issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.
Stanford MDCT meeting reboots as subspecialty society
January 18, 2010 -- CT is one of medical imaging's largest and most dynamic modalities, but it has never had a dedicated society to call its own. Until now. Organizers of the International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT have moved to spin off their meeting from Stanford University into the International Society for Computed Tomography (ISCT), a new multinational medical society dedicated to CT.
VA responds to NRC report on brachytherapy violations
January 18, 2010 -- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has responded to a report issued by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on treatment errors in the prostate cancer brachytherapy program at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) between 2002 and 2008.
Adding DBT to mammo increases cancer detection in dense breasts
January 18, 2010 -- Using digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) with digital mammography increases radiologists' ability to detect cancer in both fatty and dense breast tissue, but the technology works particularly well with dense tissue, according to researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
Analysis favors coronary CTA over stress MPS for chest pain
January 15, 2010 -- In most chest pain patients, coronary CT angiography (CTA) surpasses its rival -- stress myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS) -- for diagnosing coronary artery disease, according to the results of a new model analysis comparing the two techniques.
DOPA-PET/CT can alter therapy for neuroendocrine tumors
January 15, 2010 -- Swiss researchers have found that combined fluorine-18 dihydroxyphenylalanine (F-18 DOPA) contrast-enhanced PET/CT is "significantly superior" to DOPA-PET and contrast-enhanced CT in detecting neuroendocrine tumors.
Ultrasound-based technique shows promise for atrial fibrillation
January 15, 2010 -- If researchers at the University of Virginia (UVA) Health System have anything to say about it, fluoroscopy may one day no longer be needed to guide catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation. The UVA study team has developed a new catheter ablation technique that combines intracardiac echocardiography and electroanatomic mapping.
New Jersey RTs win $2.8M in x-ray chemicals suit
January 14, 2010 -- Three radiologic technologists (RTs) from New Jersey have won a $2.8 million jury verdict against an x-ray distribution and servicing firm after they claimed that the company installed a faulty vent for a medical film printer that caused the RTs to suffer from respiratory illnesses.
How to maximize your chances of 3D lab success
January 14, 2010 -- Building a successful 3D laboratory requires proper handling of challenging issues such as 3D technologist training, 3D study protocols, and capturing sufficient revenue to cover the costs of the service. But the results are worth the effort, according to Dr. Eliot Siegel of the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
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