New approach may elevate thyroid elastography performance
April 19, 2013 -- Ultrasound elastography has established a role in breast imaging, and the thyroid is one of the next clinical applications on the horizon. At last week's American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine meeting, Polish researchers unveiled a new data analysis method that may improve the technique's ability to characterize benign from malignant thyroid nodules.
ONC leaders talk turkey at HIMSS town hall meeting
April 19, 2013 -- The U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has ambitious plans for the meaningful use program. ONC head Dr. Farzad Mostashari and his team shared their goals at the recent Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting.
ARRS: Low-dose CT may produce measurement discrepancies
April 18, 2013 -- WASHINGTON, DC - The use of low-dose CT protocols could produce disturbing discrepancies in measurements of lung nodule and lymph node volumes compared with high-dose scans, according to according a study presented Wednesday at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) meeting.
Patient movement, wrong parameters trigger repeated MRI exams
April 18, 2013 -- Patient movement and the use of incorrect technical parameters by radiologic technologists are the two most common causes for the need to perform repeat MRI exams, according to a new study by Portuguese researchers.
ARRS: Study examines why women avoid radiology
April 17, 2013 -- WASHINGTON, DC - Why don't more female medical students choose careers as radiologists? A Canadian survey has found a number of reasons for the reluctance of women to pick medical imaging as a specialty, according to a study presented Tuesday at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) meeting.
Postmortem MRI shows sudden cardiac death invisible at autopsy
April 17, 2013 -- In results that add substantial forensic power to identifying the cause of death, postmortem cardiac 3-tesla MRI has been found to identify sudden cardiac death in cases that are invisible at conventional autopsy, according to new research published online in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
ARRS: Take care in setting up peer-review programs
April 16, 2013 -- WASHINGTON, DC - Most radiologists polled in a recent survey agree that peer review is an important component of any quality assurance initiative. But most would rather see peer review conducted anonymously, according to a study presented Monday at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) annual meeting.
CT scans do double duty as osteoporosis test
April 16, 2013 -- In an era of healthcare cuts that often lead to fewer procedures being performed, existing CT data offer the rare advantage of a free extra test -- namely a bone mineral density study that's there for the taking but that usually goes unused, according to an article in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Breast CAD's effectiveness questioned again in new study
April 15, 2013 -- Dr. Joshua Fenton of the University of California, Davis has emerged as one of the most prominent skeptics of computer-aided detection (CAD) technology for breast screening. Fenton is again questioning CAD's effectiveness in a new study published online April 15 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Former Dartmouth-Hitchcock radiology resident files suit
April 15, 2013 -- Former Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center radiology resident Christyna Faulkner has sued the hospital and four of its physicians alleging wrongful termination, discrimination, and disclosure of personal medical information, according to news reports and a petition she filed at the website
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