CMS committee not yet swayed on brain amyloid PET imaging
January 31, 2013 -- A U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) advisory committee said on Wednesday that more studies are needed to confirm the efficacy of Eli Lilly and Avid Radiopharmaceuticals' Amyvid radiopharmaceutical for brain beta-amyloid PET imaging.
How to take action against radiology threats: Part 1
January 31, 2013 -- In this two-part series, Dr. David C. Levin and Dr. Vijay Rao of Thomas Jefferson University outline actions that radiologists can take to address threats to the specialty. In part 1, Rao outlines 12 steps that radiologists can take to protect themselves.
Radiology administrators worried about reimbursement
January 31, 2013 -- Radiology administrators are confident that their internal costs will remain constant and their practices will maintain or increase growth in the coming months, according to first-quarter 2013 data from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index. Confidence plummets over Medicare imaging reimbursement, however.
PET/CT predicts response to endorectal radiotherapy
January 30, 2013 -- PET/CT results can predict which patients will respond to high-dose-rate endorectal brachytherapy for stage II and III rectal cancer, according to a study presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium. The results could pave the way for easier treatments and better outcomes.
PET MPI with flurpiridaz F-18 tops SPECT MPI
January 30, 2013 -- PET myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) with flurpiridaz F-18 is "safe and superior" to SPECT MPI with technetium-99m for image quality, interpretation, coronary artery disease diagnosis, and patient tolerance of the tracer, according to a study published in the January 29 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Blacks treated less, die sooner from advanced colon cancer
January 29, 2013 -- When it comes to advanced metastatic colorectal cancer, blacks are less likely to be referred for treatment, less likely to receive it, and more likely to die sooner than whites, according to a study presented on Saturday at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium.
MDCT falls short in finding myocardial ischemia
January 29, 2013 -- In a comparison of patients with ischemia detected by SPECT or PET myocardial perfusion imaging, resting electrocardiogram-gated 64-slice MDCT proved "unsuitable" for clinical use, according to a study published in the February issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Arab Health: Disappearing women cause anguish after screening
January 29, 2013 -- DUBAI - Fresh data about the Egyptian breast cancer screening program released on the second day of Arab Health confirm that "unreachables" -- patients with suspicious cases who fail to show for follow-up -- remain a serious problem.
Joint task force publishes brain amyloid PET criteria
January 28, 2013 -- A task force assembled by the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging and the Alzheimer's Association has concluded that brain amyloid PET imaging could potentially help diagnose individuals with cognitive impairment if certain conditions are met.
Lumpectomy with RT tops mastectomy for early-stage cancer
January 28, 2013 -- Women with early-stage breast cancer sometimes opt for mastectomy rather than less radical surgery out of concern about cancer recurrence. But recurrence risk was lower for women who chose lumpectomy followed by radiation therapy (RT) compared with those who received mastectomies, according to a study published online on Monday in Cancer.
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