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.
Evidence is lacking to support mHealth's effectiveness
February 22, 2013 -- Mobile health technology, or mHealth, has the potential to change healthcare by improving the flow of information and interactions between providers, organizations, and patients. But will this happen? An essay published on February 12 in PLOS Medicine issues a warning.
New CT lung cancer screening rules save more lives than NLST
February 21, 2013 -- Lung cancer screening with CT would detect more cancers and save more lives if current screening criteria were modified to include a wider range of individuals at risk, concludes a new study in the February 21 New England Journal of Medicine.
Imaging again dominates ECRI list of hospital tech issues
February 21, 2013 -- For the second year in a row, topics related to medical imaging dominated the annual top 10 list of important technology issues for hospital executives, from the perspective of nonprofit technology research firm ECRI Institute.
Patient photos can be integrated with imaging exams on PACS
February 21, 2013 -- Digital photos of patients taken at the time of an imaging study can be easily integrated with the exams for viewing by radiologists on PACS, potentially decreasing errors and improving diagnostic capabilities at a very low cost, a group from Emory University has found.
Neiman Institute issues guidelines to define repeat imaging
February 20, 2013 -- What does "repeat imaging" mean? While wasteful duplicate exams might be your first thought, some repeat imaging exams might actually be medically necessary, according to a new report from the American College of Radiology's Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute that tries to clarify the concept.
Mercy Ships offers volunteer opportunities for physicians
February 20, 2013 -- Radiologists have much to offer as volunteer physicians for Mercy Ships, a nonprofit organization that provides much-needed basic medical care to people in developing nations. In a recent article in the American Journal of Roentgenology, a U.S. radiologist who served on the Africa Mercy described his experiences.
New telemedicine system builds on Microsoft technology
February 20, 2013 -- Researchers from Microsoft and the University of Arkansas have created a telemedicine system called Collaboration and Annotation of Medical Images (CAMI), which leverages Microsoft technology to offer a range of teleradiology and telementoring capabilities, according to an article in the International Journal of Electronic Finance.
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