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Study shows decline in inpatient imaging utilization
December 5, 2013 -- CHICAGO - If the experience of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston is any indication, inpatient imaging utilization dropped after 2009 following two decades of growth. Researchers found that CT, conventional imaging, and nuclear medicine use declined, while ultrasound and MRI remained stable.  Discuss
Facial transplants: Low-dose methods prove vital to success
December 5, 2013 -- CHICAGO - The complexity and extent of follow-up imaging often required in cases of facial transplantation means the application of all available low-dose imaging techniques must be pursued, according to top award-winning research presented at RSNA 2013.  Discuss
Korean team shows off 0.2-mSv CT colonography
December 5, 2013 -- CHICAGO - Researchers from Seoul, South Korea, achieved record-skimming low doses in a CT colonography (CTC) phantom study that also delivered high image quality and comparable diagnostic performance to conventional CTC.  Discuss
PET/MRI matches PET/CT for patients with suspected dementia
December 5, 2013 -- CHICAGO - Simultaneous PET/MRI can produce diagnostic-quality brain scans and interpretation results that compare favorably with PET/CT in patients with clinically suspected dementia, according to a study presented on Thursday at RSNA 2013.  Discuss
The 2013 PACSman Awards: Coming out of the dark
December 5, 2013 -- CHICAGO - After a two-year hiatus, PACS consultant Michael J. Cannavo is back with his PACSman Awards, which take a light-hearted look at what the many vendors had to offer at this week's RSNA 2013 show.  Discuss
Image-based health records strike chord with patients, physicians
December 5, 2013 -- CHICAGO - Both patients and physicians enjoy the benefits of a patient-controlled, image-based electronic personal health record, according to results presented on Wednesday afternoon from a pilot site for the RSNA's Image Share network.  Discuss
Rapid growth of advanced imaging use is over, study finds
December 5, 2013 -- CHICAGO - Nationwide Medicare data show that rapid growth in the use of advanced imaging in the U.S. has stopped, according to a presentation at RSNA 2013 by Dr. David C. Levin of Thomas Jefferson University.  Discuss
FDG-PET/MRI aids patients with suspected pelvic malignancy
December 4, 2013 -- CHICAGO - Evidence for the efficacy of whole-body FDG-PET/MRI continues to mount, as the hybrid modality outperformed MRI alone for staging women with suspected pelvic malignancies in a study presented at RSNA 2013 on Wednesday.  Discuss
More than half of Medicare imaging payments made to nonrads
December 4, 2013 -- CHICAGO - Across the U.S., more than 50% of Medicare payments for diagnostic imaging services are made to nonradiologists, suggests new research presented on Tuesday at the RSNA annual meeting.  Discuss
Siemens RSNA launches include Force CT scanner, angio unit
December 4, 2013 -- CHICAGO - Siemens Healthcare is launching a range of new products at this week's RSNA meeting, including the third generation of its dual-source CT architecture, a new angiography system, and a major ultrasound technology upgrade.  Discuss
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