Obama optimistic on weekend healthcare vote
March 19, 2010 -- FAIRFAX, VA (Reuters), Mar 19 - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday he expected a tough vote this weekend, but Democrats were poised make history when the House of Representatives votes on his healthcare overhaul bill.
Low-dose tomo beats chest DR for TB evaluations
March 19, 2010 -- Digital tomosynthesis may help assess pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) more thoroughly than general radiography while serving as a low-dose alternative to multislice CT, the traditional modality of choice for monitoring the highly contagious disease, according to Korean researchers.
U.K. hospitals speed reporting times with speech recognition
March 19, 2010 -- With sufficient planning, a radiology department in a large, busy urban hospital can successfully adopt speech recognition to dictate and self-edit radiology reports -- and achieve a dramatic improvement in report turnaround times, according to an article in the British Journal of Radiology.
U.S. budget analysts say health bill to cut deficit
March 18, 2010 -- WASHINGTON (Reuters), Mar 18 - Democrats in the House of Representatives on Thursday predicted weekend passage of a sweeping healthcare overhaul that budget analysts said would hit President Barack Obama's fiscal targets and cut the U.S. deficit over 10 years.
Lantheus touts data on PET agent at ACC show
March 18, 2010 -- Lantheus Medical Imaging is highlighting study data presented at this week's American College of Cardiology meeting in Atlanta that indicate that its flurpiridaz F-18 PET myocardial perfusion imaging agent has a higher specificity for detecting right coronary artery disease compared to rest-stress technetium-99m SPECT.
Coronary CT angiography identifies high-risk diabetics
March 18, 2010 -- NEW YORK (Reuters Health), Mar 18 - In diabetic patients without known coronary artery disease, computed tomographic (CT) angiography can identify patients at high risk for "hard" cardiac events, German researchers report in a March 3 online paper in Diabetes Care.
Whole-body MRI helps predict course of asymptomatic myeloma
March 18, 2010 -- NEW YORK (Reuters Health), Mar 18 - By detecting focal lesions in bone, whole-body MRI can help predict the risk of progression from asymptomatic to symptomatic multiple myeloma, German researchers report in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Narrowing of common iliac vein a risk factor for DVT
March 18, 2010 -- NEW YORK (Reuters Health), Mar 18 - A common iliac vein with a small diameter, particularly on the left side, increases the risk for lower extremity deep vein thrombosis (DVT), according to research presented at this week's Society of Interventional Radiology meeting in Tampa, FL.
Yttrium-90 microspheres prolong survival with advanced liver cancer
March 18, 2010 -- NEW YORK (Reuters Health), Mar 18 - Radioembolization with yttrium-90 microspheres is a noninvasive treatment option for patients with inoperable primary hepatocellular carcinoma, researchers reported at this week's Society of Interventional Radiology meeting in Tampa, FL.
Larger needles boost pancreatic biopsy accuracy
March 18, 2010 -- NEW YORK (Reuters Health), Mar 18 - Larger-gauge aspiration needles can allow for accurate diagnosis of pancreatic masses when a cytopathologist is not on hand to check sample adequacy, new research from Korea shows.