New paper updates guidelines on fluoro radiation injuries
February 18, 2010 -- While much of the recent concern over medical radiation dose has focused on CT, fluoroscopy is another imaging modality that can pack a radiation wallop. In some cases, patients are leaving the fluoroscopy table unaware that they've received enough radiation to cause skin injury.
Radiology IT explores new frontiers
February 18, 2010 -- Radiology continues to discover new ways to deliver modern medicine to remote regions of the world. Nongovernmental organization Shoulder to Shoulder is capitalizing on this trend, optimizing the existing global IT infrastructure to connect advanced healthcare in the U.S. with those who need it in Honduras.
Covidien signs deal to produce Mo-99 at Polish reactor
February 17, 2010 -- Healthcare technology firm Covidien has inked an agreement with the Institute of Atomic Energy in Poland to augment Covidien's supply of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), which is used in the production of the medical isotope technetium-99m.
Lung CAD boosts radiologist accuracy
February 17, 2010 -- Computer-aided detection (CAD) technology can improve the performance of even experienced thoracic radiologists in assessing lung nodules on CT, according to research published in the March issue of Academic Radiology.
PET/CT cost-effective for head, neck squamous cell carcinoma
February 17, 2010 -- FDG-PET/CT is not only most effective for pretreatment screening of distant metastases in patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, the combined modalities do so with no additional costs to healthcare providers, according to researchers in the Netherlands.
USPSTF guidelines influencing doctors, poll finds
February 16, 2010 -- A poll published in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows that the recently updated guidelines on breast screening from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) may be affecting whether doctors recommend mammography for women in their 40s.
Communication failure: A surefire route to malpractice court
February 16, 2010 -- What if radiologists knew that failure to communicate radiologic findings to referring physicians is a factor in 80% of malpractice lawsuits? And payment to plaintiffs in these kinds of cases averaged $1.9 million per case? Most likely, they'd ramp up their communication efforts.
VC screening offers a fresh look at urolithiasis
February 16, 2010 -- A clinical study of more than 5,000 asymptomatic individuals is shedding new light on the prevalence and sequelae of stone disease in adults screened with virtual colonoscopy. Researchers found evidence of calculi in nearly 9% of the study population, results that tweak assumptions about groups thought to be at higher risk of stone disease.
VC CAD application does well alone and as reader aid
February 15, 2010 -- A new investigational computer-aided detection (CAD) application significantly improves the accuracy of virtual colonoscopy interpretation, both as standalone software without a radiologist and in a real-world, multireader environment.
Image breech babies twice for hip dysplasia, study suggests
February 15, 2010 -- A new study published in this month's issue of Journal of Children's Orthopaedics indicates that breech babies at risk of hip dysplasia might benefit from an extra imaging exam beyond what's recommended by current clinical guidelines.
Case report: Imaging tracks course of H1N1 in girl
February 12, 2010 -- Texas researchers have published a case report demonstrating how medical imaging exams offer insight into the physiological changes wrought by the H1N1 virus in a 12-year-old girl who died of the disease.
MSK applications could give CAD a shot in the arm
February 12, 2010 -- Computer-aided detection (CAD) technology in radiology has largely focused on cancer applications in the breast, chest, and colon. But with the pace of innovation slowing in those fields, the development of new musculoskeletal CAD applications could help revitalize the technology.
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