BSGI equals MRI as an adjunct in breast cancer cases
January 25, 2012 -- Researchers in Oregon have concluded that breast-specific gamma imaging (BSGI) is equivalent to MRI as an adjunct imaging modality for diagnosing breast cancer. BSGI may be particularly useful in evaluating women at high risk for cancer, or those with dense breasts.
Study questions use of MRI for neuropathy patients
January 25, 2012 -- Researchers at the University of Michigan have found that nearly one-quarter of patients with neuropathy diagnoses undergo MRI scans, while only 1% of patients receive far cheaper glucose tolerance tests, according to a study published January 23 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Medicare fraud charges filed against 5 Pa. cardiologists
January 24, 2012 -- A whistleblower suit filed this week in a U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania alleges that cardiologists from two medical practices in the state defrauded Medicare by participating in illegal kickback schemes and performing unnecessary cardiac, vascular, and interventional procedures between 2001 and 2005.
Pre-op MRI changes surgical plans for prostate cancer patients
January 24, 2012 -- The additional information provided by preoperative prostate MRI influenced the extent of surgery in 27% of patients who underwent robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy, according to a new study published online January 24 in Radiology.
AIM: Iodinated contrast use tied to thyroid abnormalities
January 23, 2012 -- Exposure to iodinated contrast media during imaging procedures is associated with changes in thyroid function and a higher risk of developing hyperthyroidism, researchers report in the January 23 Archives of Internal Medicine.
PACS app alerts radiologists of follow-up studies
January 23, 2012 -- Researchers are reporting their experiences with a PACS plug-in app that allows radiologists to automatically track whether follow-up imaging studies have been performed. The app opens the door for an expanded role in patient management -- and closer relationships with referring physicians.
Image artifacts degrade digital radiography performance
January 23, 2012 -- New forms of image artifacts can compromise the performance of digital radiography (DR) equipment, say researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, in the January issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology. The group described its experience with DR artifacts and how to correct for them.
ASCO: PET, PET/CT show broad utility in gastrointestinal cancer
January 20, 2012 -- SAN FRANCISCO - FDG-PET and PET/CT are critical imaging modalities in diagnosing and managing patients with gastrointestinal cancer, as demonstrated in several lines of research presented at this week's American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium.
Newspaper takes on Mo. university for radiology referrals
January 20, 2012 -- A Missouri newspaper is accusing University of Missouri Health Care of providing radiology services to patients without physician orders for those services. University officials, however, say the episode is simply an example of incomplete documentation for a small number of studies.
Matted lymph nodes portend poor prognosis in throat cancer
January 20, 2012 -- The identification of matted lymph nodes on a CT image does not bode well for throat cancer patients who are infected with the human papillomavirus. These patients have a significantly higher risk of their cancer spreading, an article published online January 13 in Head and Neck reports.
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