New Jersey RTs win $2.8M in x-ray chemicals suit
January 14, 2010 -- Three radiologic technologists (RTs) from New Jersey have won a $2.8 million jury verdict against an x-ray distribution and servicing firm after they claimed that the company installed a faulty vent for a medical film printer that caused the RTs to suffer from respiratory illnesses.
How to maximize your chances of 3D lab success
January 14, 2010 -- Building a successful 3D laboratory requires proper handling of challenging issues such as 3D technologist training, 3D study protocols, and capturing sufficient revenue to cover the costs of the service. But the results are worth the effort, according to Dr. Eliot Siegel of the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Study reveals lesions most likely to be dismissed by VC CAD
January 14, 2010 -- Why do radiologists dismiss true-positive computer-aided detection (CAD) marks at virtual colonoscopy? Are there particular exam or polyp characteristics that lead to incorrect dismissals of CAD marks by radiologists? Researchers from London were eager to find out.
The Profit Center: Part 11 -- Thriving despite (so-called) healthcare reform
January 13, 2010 -- As the different sides continue to wrangle over healthcare reform, radiology groups can take steps now to improve their chances of success, regardless of the legislative outcome. So says healthcare business and legal affairs expert Mark Weiss in this latest installment of the Profit Center.
Breast cancer rate in Georgia affected by mammo availability
January 13, 2010 -- Researchers from Georgia have found that areas of the state with less access to mammography have higher mortality rates for breast cancer -- although areas with the best access don't necessarily have the lowest mortality rates.
Medical imaging 2010: Is the sky falling?
January 12, 2010 -- In the midst of a massive governmental healthcare reform effort in the U.S., medical imaging is being squeezed. And it's not just Congress exerting the pressure: It's also an alphabet soup of government agencies with a plethora of proposals for cutting imaging payments.
X-ray scatter radiation risk is low to NICU infants
January 12, 2010 -- Premature infants in neonatal intensive care units (NICU) are not exposed to radiation scatter as long as incubators (also known as isolettes) are spaced at least 2 ft (93 cm) from each other, according to a report published online in Pediatric Radiology.
PET/CT finds brain-disorder-related cancer other modalities miss
January 11, 2010 -- In patents with suspected paraneoplastic neurological disorders, PET/CT is "very helpful" in detecting cancer as the cause of the condition when other imaging modalities and clinical exams find no evidence of cancer, according to an article published online January 11 in the Archives of Neurology.
New TNM scale accurate for predicting lung cancer survival
January 11, 2010 -- In its first major test, the new proposed T classification system for lung cancer, based mainly on tumor dimension, was found to be effective and appropriate for determining the pathologic invasiveness of primary tumors.
CTA motion model aims to improve cardiac function analysis
January 11, 2010 -- Dutch researchers used an automated coronary artery motion model to analyze cardiac function from electrocardiogram-gated coronary CT angiography (CTA) data. The method promises to improve cardiac function analysis and reconstruction interval selection, and even provide new information on coronary artery motion at different heart rates.
FDG-PET distinguishes Parkinson's from other disorders
January 11, 2010 -- With the help of FDG-PET, researchers in New York have developed an automated image-based classification procedure to differentiate patients with idiopathic Parkinson's disease from those with other brain diseases such as multiple system atrophy and progressive supranuclear palsy.
VA report: 'Tension' at Utah IR unit did not cause patient deaths
January 8, 2010 -- An investigation by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) of a VA hospital in Salt Lake City found evidence of "tension" between interventional radiologists and vascular surgeons, but reported that the situation did not "directly contribute" to the deaths of four patients at the facility within a nine-month period.
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