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Lancet: Pediatric CT may triple risk of leukemia, brain cancer
June 6, 2012 -- Radiation exposure from two or three head CT scans in childhood can triple the risk of developing brain cancer, while five to 10 such scans may triple the risk of developing leukemia, according to a major study published online June 7 in Lancet.
Backers of CT screening slam new lung cancer guidelines: Part 1
June 6, 2012 -- Are last month's guidelines on CT lung screening too conservative? That's the contention of a number of CT screening advocates, who believe that restricting the technology to high-risk individuals means thousands of current and former smokers could die of advanced disease that could have been detected earlier.
CT's growth rate slows, but users remain optimistic
June 5, 2012 -- The growth rate for CT procedure volume has slowed markedly from the double-digit pace of a decade ago, but use of the modality is still growing, and CT users are generally optimistic, according to a new market research report from IMV Medical Information Division.
Delayed diagnosis most common complaint in breast imaging suits
June 5, 2012 -- Delay in diagnosis is the most common complaint in breast imaging malpractice litigation, say London researchers in the July issue of Clinical Radiology. Breast microcalcification is the most often missed mammographic sign, according to the group.
fMRI links poststroke depression to brain's resting state
June 5, 2012 -- Functional MRI (fMRI) has found a strong association between depression in stroke patients and functional impairment when the brain is in a resting state, according to a study published online June 5 in Radiology. The discovery could lead to better treatment for these individuals.
Radiologists leave Univ. of Mo. after Medicare fraud inquiry
June 4, 2012 -- An internal investigation of possible Medicare fraud at the University of Missouri has resulted in two radiologists leaving the university and the dean of the school of medicine announcing his retirement. The radiologists are suspected of billing Medicare for imaging studies they never reviewed.
Salaries for radiologists, RTs take dip in 2011
June 4, 2012 -- Salaries for both radiologists and radiologic technologists (RTs) in the U.S. fell in 2011, according to new salary data from AuntMinnie.com. Meanwhile, radiology administrators appear to be improving their economic lot, reporting six-figure average salaries for the first time.
ASCO: Childhood radiation therapy boosts breast cancer risk
June 4, 2012 -- Women who had radiation therapy for childhood cancers have an elevated risk of breast cancer later in life, similar to that of women with BRCA mutations, according to a study presented on Monday at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting in Chicago.
3T breast MRI good for imaging spiculated masses
June 1, 2012 -- Breast MRI at the 3-tesla field strength performs better than 1.5-tesla MRI in visualizing spiculated masses previously identified using mammography, with sagittal-view protocols offering the best performance, researchers reported in the June issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Emergency departments reserve CT for complex cases
June 1, 2012 -- The vast majority of CT exams of the abdomen and pelvis in U.S. emergency departments are ordered for clinically complex cases, suggesting that fears of CT overuse in simple clinical cases are largely unsupported, according to a study in the June Journal of the American College of Radiology.
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