Study finds PET utilization varies along racial, income lines
October 23, 2012 -- A five-year analysis of Medicare beneficiaries with cancer has found greater utilization of PET imaging among white patients with greater income levels in areas of higher Medicare spending.
Colonoscopy payment linked to lower cancer incidence
October 23, 2012 -- The approval of colonoscopy for colorectal cancer screening in 2001 may explain the drop in disease prevalence over the past decade, according to a new study published online October 23 in Gastroenterology.
Breast US tops mammography for symptomatic women under 40
October 22, 2012 -- Ultrasound beats mammography as the best imaging modality for initial evaluation of breast cancer in symptomatic women ages 30 to 39, according to a new study published in the November issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
MicroCT plus 3D helps solve mysteries of lung disease
October 22, 2012 -- A research group has combined microCT with image processing tools to create a 3D rendering of the pulmonary acinus, which could enhance understanding of lung diseases. The model could also help clarify the role of acini in drug delivery, as sites where gases and blood mix in the lung.
10-year prostate cancer outcomes show rad therapy's benefit
October 19, 2012 -- Ten-year clinical outcomes for prostate cancer patients participating in a trial comparing postoperative radiotherapy with observation only show that patients who were irradiated had significantly improved biochemical progression-free survival and local control.
ECRI offers advice on picking a CT scanner
October 19, 2012 -- Today's CT scanner market boasts the widest array of CT scanner models, capabilities, and pricing options in history. But all that choice can be overwhelming. In an October 17 webinar, nonprofit research organization ECRI Institute offered some guidance on how to cut through the clutter.
Practice of Ultrasound: Part 8 -- Fetal biometry
October 19, 2012 -- presents the eighth in a series of columns on the practice of ultrasound from Dr. Jason Birnholz, one of the pioneers of this modality. While fetal measurements might not be the most glamorous of topics, exploring them yields useful practice tips, he says.
VuCOMP secures PMA for digital mammography CAD
October 18, 2012 -- Some things are worth the wait, believes computer-aided detection (CAD) developer VuCOMP about its newly approved CAD. The company has received premarket approval (PMA) notification for its M-Vu CAD software for digital mammography.
PACS viewing software may not show all image slices
October 18, 2012 -- What you don't know about your PACS viewing software might hurt you. A Japanese research team found that a number of viewers it tested were prone to dropping image slices when paging at a high speed during stack mode.
CONFIRM study confirms gateway role for cardiac CTA
October 17, 2012 -- In a study of more than 15,000 patients who underwent coronary CT angiography (CCTA), few individuals with mild or moderate disease needed invasive procedures, confirming CT's role as a cost-efficient gateway exam for patients with suspected coronary artery disease, researchers wrote in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
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