Tackling the challenge of setting up a 3D lab: Part 1 February 1, 2012 -- In the first of a two-part series on how to set up a 3D laboratory, AuntMinnie.com provides coverage of Dr. Eliot Siegel's suggestions on issues such as cost-effectiveness, workflow, 3D technologists, and software purchasing decisions.
JACR: Nonradiologists drive musculoskeletal US growth February 1, 2012 -- Nonradiologists -- podiatrists, in particular -- are dramatically increasing their utilization of musculoskeletal ultrasound, according to an analysis of Medicare data published in the February issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Study casts doubt on whether radiologists self-refer January 31, 2012 -- Radiologists' recommendations for follow-up exams account for less than 6% of outpatient high-cost imaging exams, according to a new study published in the February issue of Radiology. The study adds further data to the debate over which factors have boosted advanced imaging use -- and, thus, healthcare costs.
PET sales reverse downward trend, could hit $1.7B in 2018 January 31, 2012 -- Reversing a five-year decline, sales of PET scanners rose in 2010 in the U.S., although the modality continued to struggle internationally. Better things are on the horizon, however, as worldwide PET sales are expected to hit $1.7 billion by 2018, according to a new market research report.
Robotic IMRT-APBI works well for breast cancer patients January 31, 2012 -- For qualified patients diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer, accelerated partial-breast irradiation (APBI) brachytherapy offers an abbreviated course of treatment. But APBI delivered by a robotic intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) system offers the additional advantage of being noninvasive.
JACC: Questions remain about cardiac radiation's link to cancer January 30, 2012 -- There are still no strong data linking the use of ionizing radiation in cardiac imaging to the development of cancer, though several studies have found that higher radiation exposure may increase the risk of developing cancer, concludes a paper published online January 30 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
The Profit Center: Part 23 -- Strategies for exclusive contracting January 30, 2012 -- In these turbulent times, it is more important than ever to strategically approach the way in which exclusive contracting and group structure and functions are intertwined. To simply keep on keeping on, thinking business success will follow, is folly, says healthcare business and legal affairs expert Mark Weiss.
Pre-op MRI reduces repeat surgery for breast cancer patients January 30, 2012 -- The use of preoperative MRI in women with newly diagnosed breast cancer enables surgeons to remove tumors more completely, researchers at Yale University report. As a result, breast cancer patients who undergo pre-op MRI are less likely to require a second excision procedure.
PET/CT detects head/neck cancer recurrences earlier January 28, 2012 -- Routine use of follow-up PET/CT scans can detect local cancer recurrences before they become clinically apparent, and may improve outcomes of subsequent salvage therapy, according to a study presented on Friday at the Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Symposium in Phoenix.
IMRT offers better outcome for head/neck cancer patients January 27, 2012 -- Patients treated with intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) for head and neck cancer reported increasingly better quality of life after treatment than patients receiving other forms of radiotherapy, according to a study presented at the Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Symposium in Phoenix.