Politics blocks widespread use of breast MRI for implants
March 7, 2012 -- VIENNA - In the region served by the Ribera public hospital, around 10,000 women have received defective Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) implants, a population that would quickly overwhelm the radiology service if MRI examinations were authorized, according to Dr. Julia Camps Herrero, head of radiology at the center in Alzira, Valencia, Spain.
MRI helps pinpoint treatment for labral tears in the hip
March 7, 2012 -- MRI can be very useful in evaluating the pathology of hip labral tears in asymptomatic patients and determining what treatment -- if any -- is needed, according to a study from Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, CO.
Study finds radiology report access may increase exams ordered
March 6, 2012 -- Does physicians' access to patients' electronic medical records or to radiology records on a PACS reduce the number of exams they order? Results of a large study published in the March Health Affairs analyzing exam ordering patterns revealed just the opposite.
RFPs for physician services: How should your practice respond?
March 6, 2012 -- One tactic hospitals are now using with radiology groups is to issue a request for proposal (RFP). But instead of the traditional RFP intent, hospitals are using it "to beat down its current service provider's expectations" -- or to replace the provider entirely, attorney Mark Weiss said in a recent webinar on the topic.
Iterative reconstruction cuts critical eye lens dose
March 5, 2012 -- VIENNA - The use of iterative reconstruction significantly reduces radiation exposure to the eye lens in head CT exams, investigators from the Czech Republic reported on Monday at the 2012 European Congress of Radiology.
PET/MR performs well in assessing pulmonary masses
March 5, 2012 -- VIENNA - PET/MR is a feasible technique that yields diagnostic image quality in evaluating lung masses, according to results presented at a Monday scientific session of the European Congress of Radiology.
Trial shows no NSF from gadolinium, even in dialysis patients
March 5, 2012 -- VIENNA - Even dialysis patients can safely undergo contrast-enhanced MRI without the risk of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) if a few safety guidelines are followed, according to the final results of the multicenter Pro-FINEST study presented on Sunday at the European Congress of Radiology.
Diagnostic reference levels outdated in Irish Republic
March 4, 2012 -- VIENNA - Radiation dose is always a concern, and diagnostic reference levels are helpful in keeping dose in check; however, some places such as the Republic of Ireland are working with outdated guidelines that need to be updated, according to a presentation on Sunday at the European Congress of Radiology.
Whole-body MRI feasible for stage III melanoma follow-up
March 4, 2012 -- VIENNA - Except for in the lungs, whole-body MRI can perform comparably to CT or PET/CT for following up stage III melanoma patients, according to a presentation on Sunday at the European Congress of Radiology.
Low-dose MBIR beats ASIR recon in most image-quality categories
March 4, 2012 -- VIENNA - The new model-based iterative reconstruction (MBIR) technique handily outperformed adaptive statistical iterative reconstruction (ASIR) in one of the first head-to-head series, researchers reported on Saturday at the European Congress of Radiology.
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