Imaging groups respond to JAMA utilization study
June 12, 2012 -- Although a study in the June 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association reported substantial increases in advanced diagnostic imaging utilization over a 15-year time frame, several imaging organizations have issued statements that emphasize the study's data showing a recent decline in imaging use.
SNM: PET/MRI helps tumor staging for pediatric patients
June 12, 2012 -- MIAMI BEACH, FL - In cases of single-tumor lesions in pediatric patients, combined PET/MRI proved most beneficial for tumor staging, while both modalities alone outperformed each other in different diagnostic situations, according to a study presented on Monday at the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) meeting.
ISRRT: Fear of retaliation may impede radiation error reporting
June 12, 2012 -- TORONTO - While healthcare institutions in the U.S. may point to institutional policies that encourage staff to report errors, radiation therapists and medical dosimetrists surveyed at these institutions say they are concerned about possible retaliation when reporting errors.
CT overused for Hodgkin's surveillance in children, study shows
June 11, 2012 -- A study appearing on Monday in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that surveillance CT to look for cancer recurrence is overused in children diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma.
SNM Image of the Year goes to Bi-123 DOTATOC radiotracer
June 11, 2012 -- MIAMI BEACH, FL - German researchers have received this year's Image of the Year award at the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) annual meeting for their research illustrating the effectiveness of a new radiopharmaceutical for treating digestive tumors.
ISRRT: Radiation therapy filmcards may harbor bacteria
June 11, 2012 -- TORONTO - Filmcards used in setting up radiation therapy procedures are a source of cross-infection in hospitals, and organisms such as Staphylococcus aureus are present on the filmcards, according to a study presented at the International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists meeting.
SNM: PET/MRI for myocardial perfusion feasible but challenging
June 11, 2012 -- MIAMI BEACH, FL - In what is being billed as a first-of-its-kind study, researchers have concluded that simultaneous image acquisition by PET/MRI for myocardial perfusion imaging is feasible but "logistically demanding," according to a presentation on Sunday at the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) annual meeting.
SIIM: How to add clinical decision support -- and make it stick
June 10, 2012 -- ORLANDO, FL - The key to success for implementing clinical decision support with computerized physician order-entry systems for diagnostic imaging is based on three key principles, according to a presentation at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting.
SIIM: Kinect estimates patient size for better dose management
June 9, 2012 -- ORLANDO, FL - Microsoft's Kinect video game controller is being used to estimate body habitus of patients, with the goal of developing more accurate dose estimates tailored to individuals. A project still in its earliest stages captivated attendees on Friday at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting.
Insight Imaging, CDI announce merger plan
June 8, 2012 -- Two of the largest imaging services providers in the U.S. today announced plans to combine. The investment firm that owns a majority interest in Insight Imaging said that it will acquire the Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI).
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