Even on a tight budget, CT enteroclysis can prove effective
May 17, 2013 -- A modified CT enteroclysis technique, performed with widely available and affordable infusion equipment and enteral contrast, can obtain diagnostic-quality images of small-bowel distention, South African researchers have reported in the European Journal of Radiology.
Women in their 40s reluctant to give up breast screening
May 17, 2013 -- In a study that confirms recent findings, researchers from Johns Hopkins University found that mammography screening rates have changed little among women in their 40s despite guideline changes by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Study results were published May 15 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
A radiologist reflects on the Boston Marathon bombings
May 16, 2013 -- Monday, April 15 -- Patriots' Day in Boston -- started much like any other day for radiologist Dr. Robert Ward of Tufts Medical Center. But it turned out to be anything but normal after two bombs exploded at the end of the Boston Marathon, sending dozens of injured people to Tufts with battlefield-like injuries.
Key to clinician interaction? Location, location, location
May 16, 2013 -- Want more personal interaction with your referring physicians? Try moving your reading rooms out of the basement and into clinical areas. A new study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology found that such "embedded" reading rooms resulted in a big jump in personal visits from clinicians.
GE to ship MRI protocol for patients with metal implants
May 16, 2013 -- GE Healthcare on May 15 said it plans to begin shipping MAVRIC SL, a combination of MRI acquisition protocol and postprocessing software designed to enhance the accuracy of soft-tissue and bone imaging in patients with metal implants that could make them unsuited for MRI with conventional techniques.
Health Affairs: Cancer patients face higher bankruptcy risk
May 15, 2013 -- Individuals diagnosed with cancer are at least 2.5 times more likely to declare bankruptcy than those without cancer, according to a study of patients in Washington state published online May 15 in Health Affairs.
Technologists' CT training called woefully inadequate
May 15, 2013 -- CT might be the mainstay of medical imaging, but the basic curriculum for radiologic technologist training hardly mentions the modality, and training centers that do teach it are few and far between, according to a talk on May 10 at the Virtual Symposium on Radiation Safety and Computed Tomography.
Simultaneous PET/MRI most accurate for image alignment
May 15, 2013 -- In a comparison of hybrid imaging modalities, simultaneous whole-body PET/MRI is more accurate than retrospectively fused PET and MR images in abdominal organs and better than PET/CT in the urinary bladder, according to a study published online May 8 in Radiology.
CCTA for chest pain cuts costs, admissions
May 14, 2013 -- One of the largest studies yet comparing medical resource use and outcomes among chest pain patients found that coronary CT angiography (CCTA) reduced medical resource utilization compared to standard care, generating fewer hospital admissions and shorter emergency room stays, researchers reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
CR mammography lags DR, film-screen in cancer detection
May 14, 2013 -- Canadian researchers performing mammography with a computed radiography (CR) system saw lower breast cancer detection rates compared to analog film-screen mammography or a system based on flat-panel digital radiography (DR). Results were published online May 14 in Radiology.
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