Statewide imaging repository takes off in Australia September 28, 2012 -- Although technically and financially challenging, making a patient's radiology images and records accessible to any physician who needs them is intrinsic to the concept of digital radiology. In Australia, the state of New South Wales is making this happen.
Subspecialty second reads improve pediatric patient care September 27, 2012 -- In research that may support the case for more subspecialization in radiology, a Wisconsin team found that the rate of disagreement between interpretations of pediatric imaging studies by generalist community radiologists and specialty radiologists at tertiary care pediatric hospitals can be as high as 42%.
Iterative dose reduction with 3D enhances CT image quality September 27, 2012 -- The use of an advanced iterative reconstruction technique with 3D processing can improve image quality and interreader agreement in reduced- and low-dose CT scans for patients with pulmonary diseases, Japanese researchers have found.
Nuclear medicine pioneer Dr. Henry Wagner passes away September 26, 2012 -- Dr. Henry Wagner Jr., a pioneer in the field of nuclear medicine and past president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, died on September 25 at the age of 85. Wagner is credited as being one of the founders of nuclear medicine as a scientific and medical specialty.
Radiology: Time to mothball 'low-dose' terminology September 26, 2012 -- The terms "low dose" and "standard dose" are meaningless, so if the paper you're submitting to Radiology includes them, expect to get it back, say the editors of the specialty's flagship journal.
DWI-MRI enhances performance in prostate cancer cases September 25, 2012 -- Diffusion-weighted MR imaging (DWI-MRI) can improve diagnostic performance and be a useful adjunct to conventional MRI in detecting prostate cancer, according to a meta-analysis published in the October issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Study predicts cancer care costs to double by 2020 September 25, 2012 -- Cancer-related medical costs are expected to more than double in some U.S. states within eight years, according to a study published in the September issue of the American Journal of Managed Care.
HIMSS promotes need for national patient ID study September 25, 2012 -- The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has recommended to the U.S. Congress that it should conduct a study to identify an appropriate nationwide patient data matching strategy.
Calif. governor signs breast density notification bill September 24, 2012 -- After vetoing legislation last year, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill over the weekend that requires women in the state to be notified following a mammogram if they have dense breast tissue, according to the bill's author, Sen. Joe Simitian.