Siemens to launch new Artis Q angio line at RSNA
November 19, 2012 -- Siemens Healthcare is planning to launch a new line of premium angiography systems, called Artis Q, at the upcoming RSNA meeting in Chicago. The new line includes enhancements in detector design, guidance technology, and x-ray tube instrumentation.  Discuss
CT procedure volume falls, except for emergency use
November 19, 2012 -- After decades of rising CT utilization, U.S. doctors appear to have finally hit the pause button -- and even the reverse button -- reducing their use of CT scans in every setting except emergency radiology, according to a new study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
New exam structure nixes free ABR study time for residents
November 19, 2012 -- Hoping to stanch outbreaks of "board fever" that can sideline radiology departments when fourth-year residents are relieved of clinical duties to cram for their oral boards, the American Board of Radiology (ABR) has revamped its certification process, explaining its rationale for doing so in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
International survey shows increase in healthcare IT utilization
November 16, 2012 -- Primary care physicians around the world have been investing in health information technology, a 10-country survey sponsored by the Commonwealth Fund has found. Changes in health system performance will be critical to healthcare reform, according to the findings published in Health Affairs.  Discuss
Polymers could ease brachytherapy seed delivery
November 16, 2012 -- Surgical implantation and removal of radioactive seeds is required for brachytherapy cancer treatment. Use of polymers may eliminate the need for this invasive procedure when treating solid tumors, according to data published in the November 15 issue of Cancer Research.  Discuss
Lung parenchyma segmentation method may boost CAD
November 16, 2012 -- A new algorithm can automatically and accurately segment lung parenchyma on thoracic CT images, potentially improving the performance of lung computer-aided detection (CAD) software, according to researchers from Northeastern University in Shenyang, China.  Discuss
Election 2012: The practice of radiology, going forward
November 15, 2012 -- The presidential election may be over, but the potential ramifications of its outcome linger. What does radiology face in both the short and long term? spoke to several policy-watchers on the question as radiology struggles to understand the meaning of the 2012 election.  Discuss
AIUM forum touts 'ultrasound first' to boost use of modality
November 15, 2012 -- Ultrasound is an underutilized diagnostic imaging exam, according to the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), which organized a forum to promote the concept of performing "ultrasound first" when clinically indicated. But what will it take to make this happen?  Discuss
MRI shows brain lesions in women with migraines
November 14, 2012 -- MRI scans indicate that women who suffer from migraine headaches have more brain lesions than men, but neither gender experiences any cognitive decline from the affliction, according to a study published in the November 14 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Discuss
The Profit Center: Part 26 -- Radiology and the 'me-we' cycle
November 14, 2012 -- Society today is becoming increasingly affected by "we" think, from notions of shared sacrifice, to paying your fair share, to "giving back," says healthcare business and legal affairs expert Mark Weiss. Learn how your group should navigate today's environment in this edition of the Profit Center.  Discuss
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