Long-term APBI outcomes are comparable in low-risk patients
May 31, 2010 -- A study presenting the 10-year outcomes of accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) treatment in early-stage, low-risk breast cancer patients gives reason to cheer, finding disease-free survival to be comparable for all patients.
MRI boosts diagnosis of constrictive pericarditis
May 28, 2010 -- Measuring the early filling fraction can improve MRI's ability to diagnose constrictive pericarditis, according to new research from Michigan and Pennsylvania. The secret to MRI's success lies in its functional measures, which outperform conventional morphologic signs of disease, investigators said.
How to navigate ultrasound medicolegal issues
May 28, 2010 -- The best way to win a malpractice lawsuit is to avoid a case in the first place. To accomplish this goal, it's critical to pay attention to communication, documentation, and the all-important doctor-patient relationship, according to Heather Hansen of law firm O'Brien & Ryan in Plymouth Meeting, PA.
Nonlaxative PET/CT colonography is both feasible and effective
May 27, 2010 -- For individuals who need a highly accurate colon screening exam but can't tolerate a full bowel prep, nonlaxative PET/CT colonography may be just what the doctor ordered, according to a new study from the U.K. published this month in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
Lesions 'probably benign' on breast MRI may not need biopsy
May 27, 2010 -- Breast lesions that are classified as "probably benign" on breast MRI scans turn out to be malignant at about the same rate as similarly classified lesions on conventional mammography images, according to a study published in the June issue of Radiology.
Appendicitis: Positive CT outweighs lack of symptoms
May 27, 2010 -- Patients with CT results suggestive of appendicitis but who have normal clinical presentation should probably proceed to appendectomy sooner to avoid it later, concludes a large retrospective study from the University of California, San Francisco.
Cardiac CT finds resectable lung cancers at wide FOV
May 26, 2010 -- Korean radiologists found plenty of unsuspected lung cancers in a large cohort of patients being scanned for heart disease, according to a new study in Radiology. Most lesions were resectable, but most were seen only when the images were read using wider fields-of-view (FOV).
Optical imaging deciphers truth within oil painting layers
May 26, 2010 -- How can the hidden past of artwork be revealed without damaging the creation itself? Since 2003, researchers in Poland have been looking to optical coherence tomography for answers, using the technology to detect suspected forgeries in paintings and unearth hidden inscriptions, among other applications.
Japanese group finds lower VC sensitivity for carpet lesions
May 26, 2010 -- Some lateral spreading tumors, more commonly known as carpet lesions, can be hard to spot on virtual colonoscopy, say researchers from Japan, although others say the lesions are readily visible, noting VC's known shortcomings in detecting some flat lesions.
Tenn. BCBS completes hard drive theft remediation
May 26, 2010 -- Blue Cross/Blue Shield (BCBS) of Tennessee announced that it has completed its audit, remediation, and notification process for nearly 1 million of its members whose identification and health information had potentially been compromised after a theft of hard drives from a training center last fall.
Leaders in Imaging: Dr. Leonard Berlin
May 25, 2010 -- AuntMinnie.com is pleased to present the first installment of Leaders in Imaging, a series of articles profiling the individuals who are shaping the radiology landscape. Our first interview is with Dr. Leonard Berlin, a frequent speaker on medical malpractice topics and other legal issues in radiology.
Pediatric CT settings should be adjusted to child's body size
May 25, 2010 -- Body diameter measurements, not age, should be the criteria to determine optimal radiation exposure factors for children having CT exams, according to recent research conducted by pediatric radiologists and medical physicists from Children's Hospital Boston.
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