California's breast density notification law -- 1 month in
May 9, 2013 -- It's been just over 30 days since California's version of breast density notification legislation went into effect. How is the law affecting clinical practice in the state's breast centers? Although they are complying, many breast imagers are skeptical of its value.
ASBS: Breast MRI helps assess patient prognosis
May 8, 2013 -- MRI evaluation following breast cancer diagnosis can improve a woman's long-term prognosis, as the modality is able to detect lymph-node metastases associated with poorer outcomes, according to research presented on May 3 at the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBS) annual meeting in Chicago.
ACCP recommends lung cancer screening with CT
May 7, 2013 -- The American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) today recommended lung cancer screening with low-dose CT for patients at high risk of the disease. But the new guidelines closely follow more conservative recommendations for screening.
ED trumps hospital inpatient as source for imaging referrals
May 7, 2013 -- Today's radiologists are reading more imaging exams from emergency departments (ED) and fewer from hospital inpatient departments than radiologists 10 years ago, according to a new study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
CAD, bone suppression find more lung nodules on chest x-ray
May 7, 2013 -- At the cost of more false positives, the combination of computer-aided detection (CAD) and electronic bone suppression can help radiologists improve detection rates for pulmonary nodules on chest radiographs, according to research published in the May issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Health Affairs: Healthcare slowdown is saving U.S. money
May 6, 2013 -- The recent slowdown in the growth of healthcare costs in the U.S. could be a sign of long-term trends rather than a result of the recession, according to a new research paper in Health Affairs. If the hypothesis is correct, it could mean that the U.S. could save as much as $770 billion in Medicare spending over the next 10 years.
AATS: Low-dose CT outruns x-ray for lung cancer surveillance
May 6, 2013 -- In a study of more than 300 patients undergoing surveillance after lung cancer surgery, ultralow-dose CT far outperformed chest radiography for detecting cancer recurrence, concluded a study presented this week at the 2013 American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) meeting in Minneapolis.
C-11 acetate PET/CT helps patients before prostatectomy
May 6, 2013 -- PET/CT with carbon-11 (C-11) acetate is better at detecting lymph-node metastasis among patients planning for or completing radical prostatectomy than conventional imaging, and it can help predict treatment efficacy and survival, according to a study published in the May Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
Breast MRI changes cancer treatment in many women over 60
May 3, 2013 -- A new study led by Dr. Stamatia Destounis found that women older than 60 years saw changes to their initial cancer treatment plan approximately 50% of the time after undergoing MRI to determine the extent of disease.
Study finds Canadian radiology training plagued by 'isolationism'
May 3, 2013 -- A hidden culture of isolationism rules too many Canadian radiology training facilities, according to a new study in the European Journal of Radiology. Researchers found that four of the five academic centers surveyed were plagued by attitudes that negatively affected resident instruction.
JACR: Radiology 'citizenship' key to specialty's health
May 2, 2013 -- Saying it's time for radiologists to give back, a new article in the Journal of the American College of Radiology calls on medical imaging professionals to recognize their responsibility to protect their specialty. The authors believe this concept of "citizenship" is key to defending radiology against future threats.