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Patients must know your name, RSNA president urges
December 1, 2013 -- CHICAGO - Patients should be actively encouraged to know the names of their radiologists, and patient-driven care must become a vital part of radiologists' culture, however strange it may seem to them, RSNA 2013 delegates heard during the presidential address at Sunday's opening session.
Shear-wave elastography, ABUS help classify breast lesions
December 1, 2013 -- CHICAGO - High tumor stiffness at shear-wave elastography appears to predict lymph node metastasis in women with invasive breast cancer, and automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) turned in a similar diagnostic performance to handheld ultrasound, according to two studies presented on Sunday at the RSNA meeting.
Breast density advocate Cappello tells her story in JACR
December 1, 2013 -- The driving force behind the breast density notification movement -- Nancy Cappello, PhD -- tells her side of the story in the December issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology. In the piece, she rebuts many of the arguments made by critics of mandatory density notification.
Not much to be thankful for in final 2014 MPFS, OPPS rules
November 29, 2013 -- There's not a lot for medical imaging to be thankful for in the new Medicare payment rates for 2014. On November 27, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revealed its estimate of next year's physician payment cut under the sustainable growth rate formula.
Study finds positive radiation dose trends in Iran
November 28, 2013 -- A study of occupational radiation dose and errors in film badge use by CT staff at a university hospital in Iran found that radiation exposure remained low and errors declined over a 20-year period, despite an annual increase in the number of patients undergoing scans.
CORE320: CTA-CTP matches SPECT for gauging cardiac disease
November 27, 2013 -- The accuracy of 320-detector-row coronary CT angiography (CTA) combined with CT perfusion (CTP) is equivalent to that of SPECT myocardial perfusion for diagnosing functionally significant coronary artery disease, according to results of the prospective, multicenter, international CORE320 trial published in the European Heart Journal.
Breast density may play key role in tumor aggressiveness
November 27, 2013 -- High breast density may play an important role in tumor aggressiveness, especially in younger women, according to study results published online in Breast Cancer Research.
Embolization procedure aids in weight loss
November 27, 2013 -- Patients who underwent embolization of the left gastric artery for gastrointestinal bleeding experienced a more than 7% decrease in body weight three months after the procedure, according to a study that will be presented at the upcoming RSNA meeting.
RSNA, Regenstrief Institute to collaborate
November 27, 2013 -- RSNA and the Regenstrief Institute have announced a collaboration to standardize radiology procedure names. Under a contract awarded by the U.S. National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, the groups will produce a single unified source of names and codes for radiology procedures.
MR spectroscopy uncovers brain differences in preterm infants
November 26, 2013 -- Using MR spectroscopy, researchers at Children's Hospital Los Angeles may have found a link between premature birth and developmental issues in the brain's white matter that could put these newborns at greater risk for problems later in life.
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