Imaging Interoperability: Part 1 -- New options September 7, 2012 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the first in a two-part series from Jonathan Shoemaker and Jef Williams of Ascendian Healthcare Consulting. In part 1, the authors explain how vendor-neutral archives can provide much-needed interoperability in today's tumultuous healthcare environment.
Rapamycin may prevent radiation-induced mucositis September 7, 2012 -- Research scientists from the U.S. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research have discovered a drug that protects stem cells and could prevent cancer patients from developing oral mucositis, or painful inflammation and ulcers in the mouth.
Merge eyes strategic options, hit with FDA warning letter September 6, 2012 -- Healthcare IT and advanced visualization developer Merge Healthcare has retained investment bank Allen & Company to assist the firm in evaluating a broad range of strategic alternatives, including a sale of the company or a business combination.
Good times ahead for MRI? Market conditions favor replacement September 6, 2012 -- An era of constraint that compelled many MRI users to delay replacing their aging equipment may be coming to an end, and a new phase of scanner purchasing could be on the horizon, according to a new report on U.S. market conditions for the modality.
Scannerside aims to bring dose tracking to the masses September 6, 2012 -- Radiation dose tracking can be time-consuming and expensive to implement. But a start-up firm called Scannerside aims to make that process easier with a Web-based service that can provide cumulative dose tracking for CT and angiography procedures for all types of medical imaging scanners.
CT study ties pulmonary artery size to COPD symptoms September 5, 2012 -- A study published online September 3 in the New England Journal of Medicine found that pulmonary artery enlargement as seen on CT scans is closely correlated with the development of exacerbated chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) symptoms, providing a potentially strong predictor of symptom onset.
Are rads overconfident in their mammography skills? September 5, 2012 -- Radiologists perceive their mammography interpretation performance to be better than it actually is, according to a new study in the September issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology. And that just keeps them from actually improving, researchers from Washington state said.
2 technologists read VC studies as well as 1 radiologist September 5, 2012 -- When it comes to reading virtual colonoscopy studies, a radiologic technologist is no match for a trained radiologist. But two technologists are another matter entirely: They were equivalent to, and maybe slightly better than, a single radiologist, according to a new study in Radiology.
Cardiac MR tops ECG in finding hidden myocardial infarctions September 4, 2012 -- Cardiac MR outperformed electrocardiography (ECG) for detecting unrecognized myocardial infarctions (MIs), catching many that were missed on ECG studies, according to a study published in the September 5 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Imaging use in Medicare is down, but will the feds take heed? September 4, 2012 -- Medicare payments for noninvasive diagnostic imaging exams are down 21% compared with their peak in 2006, reports a new study in the September issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology. But are federal policymakers paying attention?