Scanning in Pain: Part 2 -- Tackling sonography's sins
March 23, 2012 -- presents the second in a four-part series on overcoming work-related musculoskeletal issues for sonographers. This installment digs into the 10 biggests sins that can lead to chronic injury among sonographers.
Medical societies release guidelines on cardiac radiation
March 22, 2012 -- A coalition of medical societies released new guidelines on dose optimization of cardiac imaging scans on Thursday in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The document offers a road map for improving radiation safety and reducing patient radiation dose while obtaining high-quality medical images.
Lower radiation dose could turn DBT into breast screening tool
March 22, 2012 -- The potential use of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) for screening mammography has been in question due to the modality's higher radiation dose. But a new study in the April Radiology offers several scenarios in which DBT dose could ultimately be lower than that of two-view full-field digital mammography.
Moments in Radiology History: Part 1 -- X-rays after Roentgen
March 21, 2012 -- The story of Roentgen's discovery of x-rays in 1896 is well-known, but less familiar are the advances that came later. In this first article in a new series, radiology historian Otha Linton describes how word of "a new kind of rays" rapidly spread throughout the world, and how the new technology was adopted by medicine.
ACR meets with CMS in bid to speed virtual colonoscopy coverage
March 21, 2012 -- Virtual colonoscopy proponents met Tuesday with representatives of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to present new evidence that colorectal cancer screening with virtual colonoscopy is ready for routine clinical use in a Medicare population -- and is worthy of Medicare dollars to pay for it.
Radiology finds a lot to like with new iPad
March 20, 2012 -- Radiology professionals seeking to deploy Apple's new iPad for viewing medical images will find a lot to like in the latest iteration of the tablet computer, including its high-resolution Retina display, which gives the device the resolution of a 3-megapixel PACS monitor.
Radiotherapy has a price for survivors: risk of new cancers
March 20, 2012 -- Early detection of cancer and better treatment are producing positive results: A steadily increasing percentage of patients survive. However, survival gains are being offset by serious treatment-associated late adverse effects, an article in the March issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reports.
MRI techniques advance the detection of pulmonary embolism
March 19, 2012 -- The addition of two MRI sequences to a common MR angiography technique can significantly improve the detection of pulmonary embolism, according to a study published online March 19 in Radiology.
PET/CT predicts survival of patients with hepatic metastases
March 19, 2012 -- FDG-PET/CT is useful for predicting the survival of breast cancer patients with hepatic metastases after treatment with selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT), according to a study published in the March issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
MedPAC report confirms imaging drop, but focuses on long term
March 16, 2012 -- Although imaging volume per Medicare beneficiary fell by 2.5% from 2009 to 2010, the decline represents just a fraction of the overall rapid growth of imaging procedures over the past decade, according to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's (MedPAC) annual report to Congress.
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