Report: U.S. SPECT, PET market looks promising in coming years
July 30, 2013 -- Powered by a number of new products and the potential of novel imaging agents currently in the pipeline, U.S. sales of SPECT and PET radiopharmaceuticals and scanners could top the billion-dollar mark by the next decade, according to a new market research report from Bio-Tech Systems.
Tomosynthesis reduces mammo screening recall rate by 30%
July 30, 2013 -- When added to mammography, digital breast tomosynthesis reduces overall recall rates in breast cancer screening by 30%, with even greater reductions for women younger than 50 and those with dense breasts, according to a new study published online in Radiology.
USPSTF recommends CT lung cancer screening
July 29, 2013 -- In a landmark decision, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) on Monday issued a draft recommendation in favor of CT lung cancer screening for long-term smokers. The decision is a major step toward making the exam an accepted test with widespread application, much like breast or colorectal cancer screening.
Critical results notification system speeds timely results
July 29, 2013 -- A critical results notification system that combines software with a defined workflow for telephone communication can efficiently and reliably communicate critical results to referring clinicians, according to researchers from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
Exercises can help sonographers scan without pain
July 26, 2013 -- "I was scared and stressed out," explains sonographer Doug Wuebben. Unsure whether he could continue with his career due to chronic shoulder pain, Wuebben improved after performing some basic movement training exercises, which he shares in this article.
Software tool puts past radiology reports at your fingertips
July 25, 2013 -- Wouldn't it be great if while you're interpreting a set of images, you could simultaneously review a group of similar cases from previously reported studies? Researchers from the Cleveland Clinic have developed just such a tool using open-source software.
What do I need to know about HL7?
July 25, 2013 -- During the recent Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine annual conference, there was an overriding message to healthcare imaging and IT professionals that they should learn more about HL7, especially as image-enabling the electronic medical record is becoming a very hot item.
Hospitals have higher mammo recall rates than community sites
July 24, 2013 -- Screening mammography recall rates are often higher in the hospital setting, but this doesn't necessarily mean that hospital radiologists are performing worse than their counterparts in community practice, according to a new study published online in Radiology.
ACR's RLI event helps radiologists become better leaders
July 24, 2013 -- Healthcare is transitioning from a volume to a value proposition, and radiologists must learn new skills to navigate this transition, become better leaders, and thrive under new delivery and payment systems, according to presenters at the American College of Radiology's (ACR) annual Radiology Leadership Institute (RLI) event to be held this week in Illinois.
Misdiagnosis of Alzheimer's can cost big money
July 23, 2013 -- Receiving a misdiagnosis of Alzheimer's disease can result in tens of thousands of dollars in unnecessary medical costs for patients who actually have vascular dementia or Parkinson's disease, according to a study presented on July 17 at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Boston.
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