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Editorial: Research flaws make USPSTF guidelines obsolete
February 8, 2010 -- Guidelines for mammography screening published by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) in November not only are based on flawed methodology, they also fail to address current breast imaging practice and data, making them obsolete, according to a critique published in this month's Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
Building a Better PACS: Part 5 -- Vendor-neutral archives
February 8, 2010 -- There has been a lot of discussion about archive schema, and especially vendor-neutral archives (VNA), in the past few years. Most of this has centered on the role of a VNA in radiology PACS, yet establishing a VNA for PACS is merely the tip of the iceberg for most information technology departments.
CMS cancels place-, date-of-service guidance
February 8, 2010 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has withdrawn a proposal it made in December that would have required physicians to report the specific date and place of service where the professional and technical components are provided, the agency said.
Italian rad oncologists go proactive to reduce adverse events
February 8, 2010 -- The recent series of articles in the New York Times on errors in radiation therapy has experts searching for better ways to prevent adverse events. Researchers from Italy may have found one solution by replacing the conventional "reactive" methods for risk management and quality assurance with a more proactive approach.
Settlement details released in $2.9M Colombini MRI suit
February 5, 2010 -- A New York court has released the details of a $2.9 million legal settlement received by the parents of a 6-year-old boy who was killed nine years ago when an oxygen canister was brought into the MRI suite where he was being scanned.
Editorial: CMS unfairly held VC to higher standard
February 5, 2010 -- When the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rejected reimbursement for screening virtual colonoscopy last May, it appeared to hold VC to a higher standard than other screening tests that are already approved, according to an editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
320-row perfusion CT shows promise for pancreatic tumors
February 5, 2010 -- Perfusion CT with a 320-detector-row scanner offers improved resolution of pancreatic tumors due to its ability to image the entire organ without slice overlap, according to researchers from Berlin and Toronto.
New ultrasound techniques show promise in thyroid nodules
February 5, 2010 -- Differentiating benign from malignant thyroid nodules can be difficult, but advanced ultrasound applications such as elastography, computer-assisted analysis, and 3D ultrasound may make that challenge a little easier, according to a trio of presentations at the 2009 RSNA meeting in Chicago.
Presurgical breast MRI increases mastectomy rate
February 4, 2010 -- A new research study may fire up the debate over a possible link between preoperative breast MRI and higher mastectomy rates. Texas researchers found that at their facility, patients were almost twice as likely to have a mastectomy if breast MRI was used before surgery. But breast MRI didn't delay treatment, they found.
Functional MRI shows brain activity in some vegetative patients
February 4, 2010 -- Using functional MRI, researchers have found some brain activation, awareness, and cognition in a handful of patients in a vegetative or minimally conscious state, according to research published online February 3 by the New England Journal of Medicine.
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