RADIOLOGY NEWS
Varian, Siemens shed light on new partnership
May 7, 2012 -- It isn't an everyday occurrence for two medical device industry leaders to announce a collaboration, but such an event occurred last week between radiation therapy firm Varian Medical Systems and multimodality vendor Siemens Healthcare.
ASBrS: RF ablation shows promise; thermography not so much
May 4, 2012 -- Breast imagers and surgeons continue to seek ways to treat breast cancer that are less invasive surgically and expose women to less radiation dose. Researchers presented studies addressing these issues in a press conference on Friday during the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS) annual meeting in Phoenix.
ARRS: Breast density may not influence need for preop MRI
May 4, 2012 -- Women with newly diagnosed breast cancer should undergo a preoperative MRI scan to detect additional unsuspected malignancies, even if they do not have dense breasts, according to a study presented on Friday at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) annual meeting in Vancouver.
ARRS: No family history no reason to deny breast screening
May 4, 2012 -- More than half of women between the ages of 40 and 49 who are diagnosed with breast cancer on screening mammography report no family history of the disease, according to a study presented on Thursday at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) annual meeting.
ARRS: Unnecessary imaging tests follow oncologic PET/CT
May 4, 2012 -- Radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians recommended additional imaging tests about 30% of the time as a follow-up to oncologic PET/CT scans, with approximately half of those recommendations being unnecessary, according to a new study presented on Friday at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) meeting in Vancouver.
ARRS: Productivity goes beyond reading volume
May 3, 2012 -- VANCOUVER - Radiology practices must track their productivity to remain viable in an increasingly competitive healthcare market. But tracking productivity goes way beyond just following the number of studies your group reads, according to a presentation at this week's American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) meeting.
ARRS: Digital tomo cuts breast exam recall rates by 40%
May 3, 2012 -- Adding digital breast tomosynthesis to a screening mammography exam reduced recall rates for patients by 40% at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT, according to a study presented on Thursday at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) meeting.
ARRS: MGH study affirms value of clinical decision-support software
May 3, 2012 -- When the clinical indications for ordering a CT chest exam receive a high "appropriateness" score from a clinical decision-support system, the probability that the exam will be positive is also high, according to a study presented at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) meeting in Vancouver.
ARRS: To avoid malpractice suits, watch what you don't say
May 2, 2012 -- VANCOUVER - Radiologists tend to overestimate their vulnerability to malpractice suits; however, it's important that they keep the reality of lawsuits in mind, not only to reduce their exposure, but also to protect patients from negative outcomes, according to a presentation at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) meeting.
PET tops SPECT, cardiac MR in diagnosing artery disease
May 2, 2012 -- SPECT, cardiac MR, and PET all reached high sensitivity for detecting obstructive coronary artery disease, but PET turned in the best diagnostic performance in a meta-analysis published in the May 8 edition of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
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