JACR: Cost awareness doesn't slow use of hospital imaging
January 23, 2013 -- Do referring physicians order fewer imaging tests if they know how much the scans cost? No, according to a new study by researchers from Johns Hopkins University that was published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
ACS: Risk of death from smoking spikes among women
January 23, 2013 -- Women's smoking habits have grown increasingly to resemble those of men, and as a result, today's women face a dramatically higher risk of death from lung cancer and chronic obstructive lung disease compared with female smokers 20 to 40 years ago, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS).
Automated software eases handling of patient CDs
January 23, 2013 -- With little need for human intervention or training, a commercially available software application can reliably import images from CDs into a PACS network, according to researchers from Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
Residency program directors (mostly) love their jobs, study finds
January 23, 2013 -- Job satisfaction runs fairly high among radiology residency program directors, but many complain about a lack of money, the intense workload, and the onerous requirements of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, according to a study in the February American Journal of Roentgenology.
FDDNP-PET shows toll of concussions on retired NFL players
January 22, 2013 -- For the first time, using the radiopharmaceutical FDDNP with PET, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles have identified abnormal tau proteins associated with repetitive head injury in five former professional football players, according to a study in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
Mary's Musings: Imaging management and the new paradigm
January 22, 2013 -- I had the nightmare of diagnosing my mother's terminal cancer myself, and she was dead within the week. This was after months of state-of-the-art care rendered by doctors at an esteemed academic medical center. How could this have happened in this millennium?
Take 2: Techs opt to repeat more head scans than radiologists
January 21, 2013 -- Maybe they're perfectionists: A new study from McGill University in Montreal found that radiologic technologists wanted to repeat far more head CT scans than radiologists, who seem more willing to put up with image noise and artifacts.
NIH software makes PET/MRI image analysis easier
January 21, 2013 -- Lesion segmentation on PET/MRI studies can be challenging, but a team from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has developed a software application that automates the process, making it easier for clinicians to identify boundaries between disease and healthy tissue.
Dual-tracer PET/CT helps pick patients for liver transplant
January 18, 2013 -- Dual-tracer PET/CT is more effective than contrast-enhanced CT for hepatocellular carcinoma staging and may warrant "serious consideration" for use in determining which patients could benefit the most from a liver transplant, according to a study published online January 15 in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
Sit up and beg: How to train your speech recognition system
January 18, 2013 -- If your speech recognition system has you jumping through hoops, take the advice of an experienced user if you want to improve your productivity. Radiologist Dr. David L. Weiss believes that working with speech recognition is similar to training a dog: Consistency is key.
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