Meningioma patients report good QOL years after radiotherapy
September 10, 2012 -- A patient diagnosed with meningioma of the skull base can have several treatment options, all with known risks. Radiation therapy may be the more palatable option, maintaining or improving quality of life (QOL), according to a new study published in Radiotherapy and Oncology.
BMJ: Use MRI to investigate young BRCA1/2 mutation carriers
September 7, 2012 -- Women carrying a mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes who have undergone a mammogram or chest x-ray before the age of 30 are more likely to develop breast cancer, researchers from Amsterdam noted yesterday in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).
Outcomes improve for early-stage NSCLC patients
September 7, 2012 -- Outcomes have improved in patients with stage I non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in the U.S. since 1999, with the improvement presumably coming from radiation therapy, according to a study presented at this week's Chicago Multidisciplinary Symposium in Thoracic Oncology.
Planning APBI treatment for patients with pacemakers
September 7, 2012 -- Breast cancer patients with cardiac pacemakers implanted on the same side of the body as the diseased breast may require surgical relocation of the device prior to radiotherapy. However, if the patient qualifies for accelerated partial-breast irradiation (APBI) using high-dose brachytherapy, the surgery might not be necessary.
Imaging Interoperability: Part 1 -- New options
September 7, 2012 -- presents the first in a two-part series from Jonathan Shoemaker and Jef Williams of Ascendian Healthcare Consulting. In part 1, the authors explain how vendor-neutral archives can provide much-needed interoperability in today's tumultuous healthcare environment.
Rapamycin may prevent radiation-induced mucositis
September 7, 2012 -- Research scientists from the U.S. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research have discovered a drug that protects stem cells and could prevent cancer patients from developing oral mucositis, or painful inflammation and ulcers in the mouth.
Merge eyes strategic options, hit with FDA warning letter
September 6, 2012 -- Healthcare IT and advanced visualization developer Merge Healthcare has retained investment bank Allen & Company to assist the firm in evaluating a broad range of strategic alternatives, including a sale of the company or a business combination.
Good times ahead for MRI? Market conditions favor replacement
September 6, 2012 -- An era of constraint that compelled many MRI users to delay replacing their aging equipment may be coming to an end, and a new phase of scanner purchasing could be on the horizon, according to a new report on U.S. market conditions for the modality.
Scannerside aims to bring dose tracking to the masses
September 6, 2012 -- Radiation dose tracking can be time-consuming and expensive to implement. But a start-up firm called Scannerside aims to make that process easier with a Web-based service that can provide cumulative dose tracking for CT and angiography procedures for all types of medical imaging scanners.
CT study ties pulmonary artery size to COPD symptoms
September 5, 2012 -- A study published online September 3 in the New England Journal of Medicine found that pulmonary artery enlargement as seen on CT scans is closely correlated with the development of exacerbated chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) symptoms, providing a potentially strong predictor of symptom onset.
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