Shorter radiation regimen OK for DCIS breast cancer
July 6, 2012 -- Radiation therapy for women with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) can be cut from five to six weeks to as little as three weeks with a modified treatment regimen, according to a report published in the June issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics.
GE, Cardinal hit with lawsuit over Myoview distribution
July 5, 2012 -- GE Healthcare and Cardinal Health have been hit with an antitrust suit filed by radiopharmacy PharmaRx Pharmaceuticals, charging that the companies have a monopoly on sales of GE's Myoview cardiac imaging agent.
Breast density variation also a predictor of cancer risk
July 5, 2012 -- The variation of tissue density in a woman's breast is at least as strong an indicator of cancer risk as the actual density itself, according to a new study published online July 3 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
MPEG-4 compression an option for combat teleradiology
July 5, 2012 -- In combat zones, it's not always feasible to send large cross-sectional imaging studies over the low-bandwidth networks often found in remote areas. But this critical task can be performed reliably by converting DICOM files into MPEG-4 movies, according to an article published online in the Journal of Digital Imaging.
PE studies highlight risks, benefits of CT exams
July 4, 2012 -- A series of studies and an expert panel discussion published in the American Journal of Roentgenology highlight the benefits and risks of CT exams for detecting suspected pulmonary embolism (PE). On the whole, they downplayed the notion that the modality is overused.
MRI shows fingolimod therapy helps MS patients
July 4, 2012 -- MRI scans have confirmed that the drug fingolimod reduced inflammatory lesion activity and brain volume loss in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). Results from the two-year, placebo-controlled trial were published online July 2 in Archives of Neurology.
Former Heart Check America customers to get $4M in settlement
July 3, 2012 -- A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed by a Nevada law firm against defunct whole-body scanning center operator Heart Check America (HCA). Former HCA customers who got loans from Chase Bank to finance their scanning packages will have their debts erased, with Chase allocating $4 million for the settlement.
Moments in Radiology History: Part 6 -- Radiology wins Medicare
July 3, 2012 -- When U.S. lawmakers in the early 1960s proposed a plan to pay for healthcare services for elderly Americans, it wasn't clear how radiology would fit into the new system -- if at all. Radiologists weren't sure they wanted a part of what would eventually become Medicare as hospitals had the upper hand in drafting the legislation.
Automated radiologist peer review offers workflow benefits
July 3, 2012 -- Installing an automated radiologist peer-review system that is integrated with a PACS network has many benefits, such as improved workflow and data tracking. But radiology departments may still face challenges in getting radiologists to actually use the system.
Despite challenges, ACR Dose Index Registry makes progress
July 2, 2012 -- What's the average radiation dose of a CT scan performed in the U.S.? How do your exam protocols compare with the norm? If you don't know the answers to these questions, you're not alone. But don't worry: Help is coming in the form of the American College of Radiology's (ACR) Dose Index Registry.
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