Sonography students level claims against Ill. program
February 27, 2013 -- Five students enrolled in the sonography program at the College of DuPage in the Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn, IL, have publicly charged the program's leaders with unethical conduct, including a claim that the program issued grades for a course that allegedly was never held.
Experts discuss proton therapy's potential for breast cancer
February 27, 2013 -- Proton therapy is currently used to treat brain, spine, and prostate cancers, as well as many pediatric tumors. Earlier this month, experts from some of the leading U.S. cancer centers gathered to discuss the emerging role of proton therapy in breast cancer.
Long-term prostate outcomes track PSA scores
February 27, 2013 -- A long-term analysis of the outcomes of prostate cancer patients who received radiation therapy showed recurrence was rare if the patient had a low prostate-specific antigen (PSA) score 15 years after treatment. The findings were published in the March issue of the Journal of Urology.
Longer US surveillance intervals fine for men with small AAAs
February 26, 2013 -- The majority of men with small abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) can be followed at longer ultrasound surveillance intervals than are typically used in current AAA screening programs, according to a meta-analysis to be published on Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
MGH's Thrall reflects on 30 years in radiology
February 26, 2013 -- On February 1, Dr. James Thrall stepped down as chairman of the department of radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), ending a 30-year career as one of the leading figures in radiology. In this exclusive article, Dr. Thrall reflects on the changes he's seen over the past 30 years in medical imaging.
Reporting external exams reduces repeat imaging
February 26, 2013 -- One of the easiest ways to reduce repeat imaging for patients transferred to a new hospital is for radiologists to prepare a report for external images transferred with the patients on CDs, according to a study by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco.
ACR takes aim at 'inaccuracies' in Time healthcare article
February 25, 2013 -- The American College of Radiology (ACR) has come out swinging in response to an article on healthcare costs published online February 20 in Time magazine that charges ACR with obstructing efforts to discourage overuse of advanced imaging in the Medicare program.
Study finds CT lung cancer screening could save 12K lives a year
February 25, 2013 -- Full implementation of CT lung cancer screening in the U.S. could save more than 12,000 lives each year, even if the relatively conservative criteria of the National Lung Screening Trial are used, according to a new study in Cancer. The study is one of the first to set a definitive value on the potential benefits of CT screening.
Expert offers tips for efficient cardiac MRI throughput
February 25, 2013 -- Is your cardiac MRI scanner a $2 million patient gurney? It might be if you're not effectively using every available moment to prepare and scan patients, eliminating downtime between exams, according to a presentation at the recent Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance meeting.
Rads have right, duty to report findings directly to patients
February 22, 2013 -- Radiologists have not only the right but a duty to communicate findings directly to patients who are interested in knowing their diagnostic results, according to a clinical perspective published in the March issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
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