Helium shortage lingers for hospitals and imaging centers
September 18, 2012 -- Hospitals and medical imaging centers across the U.S. are keeping a watchful eye on supplies of helium -- a key ingredient in cooling MRI magnets -- as their sources have been on strict allocations for several months.
Exploiting log files for optimal radiotherapy QA
September 18, 2012 -- Quality assurance (QA) of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) is a vital component in the radiotherapy process, but current QA procedures are far from optimal. Log files produced by radiotherapy systems can be exploited to vastly improve IMRT quality assurance.
Big iron may not be big driver of healthcare costs
September 17, 2012 -- A new analysis of growth in healthcare costs at U.S. hospitals found that medical imaging technology accounted for only 5% of the growth in healthcare expenses, an amount that was dwarfed by the increasing cost of medical supplies, according to an article in Health Services Research.
ASCO BCS: Does breast MRI before surgery really help?
September 14, 2012 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Whether preoperative breast MRI contributes to better diagnostic accuracy and patient outcomes is one of the most controversial areas in breast imaging. The topic was explored in a discussion on September 13 at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's (ASCO) Breast Cancer Symposium (BCS).
Piramal moves ahead with florbetaben PET for Alzheimer's
September 14, 2012 -- Since its acquisition of Bayer Pharma's molecular imaging agent portfolio five months ago, Piramal Imaging has been making steady progress in advancing its PET tracer designed to detect beta-amyloid deposits in the brain, which have been linked to early signs of Alzheimer's disease.
ASCO BCS: Mammography use dropped 5% after USPSTF change
September 13, 2012 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Use of screening mammography among women ages 40 to 49 dropped 5% in private health plans after the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) changed its guidelines in 2009, according to a study presented on September 13 at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's (ASCO) Breast Cancer Symposium (BCS).
European panel confirms value of breast screening
September 13, 2012 -- After a steady flow of skeptical reports over recent months, a new review of breast cancer screening services in Europe has concluded the benefits in terms of lives saved outweigh the harms caused by overdiagnosis, with screening mammography cutting breast cancer deaths by as much as half.
Large 3D imaging lab runs a high volume with efficiency
September 13, 2012 -- NEW YORK CITY - There aren't many hospitals that have 3D imaging services the size of the lab at Massachusetts General Hospital. Director Gordon Harris, PhD, described the lab's operation and its teleradiology 3D service at this week's New York Medical Imaging Informatics Symposium.
Siegel: PACS should be smarter than a 5th-grader
September 12, 2012 -- NEW YORK CITY - PACS technology may have revolutionized the way radiology departments operate, but it isn't very smart. It's high time that new PACS applications incorporate artificial intelligence, Dr. Eliot Siegel told attendees at the New York Medical Imaging Informatics Symposium.
JAMA: SPECT/CT works well to guide node excision
September 11, 2012 -- Using SPECT/CT scans to guide the excision of sentinel lymph nodes in melanoma patients produced both a greater rate of metastasis detection and higher disease-free survival rates, according to a study in the September 12 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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