Long-term cancer study raises controversial question
January 9, 2012 -- Which end point of a clinical trial comparing cancer treatments is more important: disease-free or long-term survival? This question and others were raised in an article and editorial published in the New England Journal of Medicine on the long-term outcomes of Hodgkin's lymphoma patients.
MRI of limited use in C-spine imaging of whiplash patients
January 9, 2012 -- Swiss researchers have concluded that 1.5-tesla MRI provides "only limited evidence" of specific changes to the cervical spine and surrounding tissues in patients with acute symptomatic whiplash injury, according to a study published online December 20 in Radiology.
Proton therapy effective for prostate cancer treatment
January 9, 2012 -- Early outcomes of men treated with proton therapy for prostate cancer suggest that it is a safe and effective treatment, according to two studies published in the January 1 issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics.
Radiology dominates ECRI list of healthcare tech issues
January 6, 2012 -- Topics related to either diagnostic or therapeutic use of radiation dominated a top 10 list of important hospital technology topics for 2012, published this week by nonprofit technology research firm ECRI Institute.
Study of DRA's impact paints a complex picture
January 6, 2012 -- The Deficit Reduction Act (DRA) took a meat cleaver to reimbursement at U.S. outpatient imaging facilities when it went into effect in 2006. DRA opponents predicted that the law would force private imaging centers to close, shift imaging to less-convenient hospital settings, and reduce access to seniors. But has that really happened?
JACR: Experts offer tips for minimizing pediatric CT dose
January 6, 2012 -- An article in the January issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology offers expert advice on radiation dose optimization techniques in pediatric CT. What's the most important step? Making sure a pediatric CT study is justified before it even begins, according to the authors.
Bracco to return CardioGen PET tracer to market in Q1
January 5, 2012 -- Contrast agent developer Bracco Diagnostics anticipates that shipments of its CardioGen-82 cardiac PET radiopharmaceutical will resume by the end of the first quarter, after the company voluntarily recalled the product six months ago.
Automated breast US finds more cancer than mammo alone
January 5, 2012 -- Automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) finds cancers in dense breast tissue that mammography alone would not, according to a recent study. The findings indicate that ABUS could have a role in a screening environment for women with dense breasts.
Cancer death rates continue 10-year decline in U.S.
January 4, 2012 -- Cancer incidence rates have held steady in the U.S., but cancer death rates declined slightly, according to a report released this week by the American Cancer Society. More than 1.6 million new cases of cancer are projected to occur in 2012, along with more than 575,000 deaths.
Open-source tool enables vendor-neutral CT dose archiving
January 4, 2012 -- Researchers in Boston have developed an automated radiation-exposure monitoring system that extracts detailed CT exposure data from image repositories. Thanks to optical character recognition software, the open-source software scheme can gather data from virtually any CT scanner model.
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