The Case for Reconstructed PACS: It's the functionality that matters
January 28, 2016 -- The concept of "deconstructed PACS" has generated much interest and controversy, but does it make the most sense for healthcare institutions? In a counterpoint to the deconstructed PACS argument, Menashe Benjamin, PhD, of Carestream Health claims that a single-vendor approach -- reconstructed PACS -- can better serve customers, yielding an enterprise imaging platform without the headaches of a deconstructed PACS model.
More former smokers should get CT lung screening
January 28, 2016 -- Low-dose CT lung cancer screening should be expanded to include smokers who gave up the habit long ago, concludes a new study published in the February issue of the Journal of Thoracic Oncology.
UAE takes public health approach to radiation protection
January 27, 2016 -- DUBAI - While the health benefits from the medical use of ionizing radiation are well-recognized across the globe, senior radiographers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are calling for a public health approach to controlling and minimizing the health risks of radiation, while maximizing its benefits.
Fatty liver linked to heart failure in obese patients
January 27, 2016 -- Fatty liver is an independent risk factor for heart failure in obese patients -- that is, those with a body mass index of 30 or higher, according to a new study published online January 26 in Radiology. The finding suggests that concrete interventions to stave off nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, also called hepatic steatosis, could help these patients stay healthy.
MRI use causes gadolinium levels to rise in SF Bay
January 26, 2016 -- A new study has found that levels of gadolinium have been rising steadily in the waters of San Francisco Bay over the past two decades. The study attributes the rising levels to growing use of gadolinium for scientific and medical applications, in particular as a contrast agent for MRI scanning.
Stratifying your imaging technology? Think about your people
January 26, 2016 -- As healthcare organizations consider stratifying their imaging technology, augmenting technical skill sets required to sustain a newly adopted platform can be easily overlooked. In this article, healthcare recruiting firm Skinner and Associates offers advice on how to proceed.
Arab Health: Saudis invest in future with breast screening
January 25, 2016 -- DUBAI - In a society where modernity often comes up against tradition, the challenge is to find a way to educate both sides of the community, according to the director of the Saudi Arabia national breast screening program, who spoke on the topic at the Total Radiology Conference at Arab Health 2016.
Cardiac perfusion PET/MRI may be more accurate than SPECT
January 25, 2016 -- Perfusion imaging with PET/MRI could offer a "comprehensive myocardial ischemic evaluation" with shorter scan times than SPECT and a lower radiation dose for patients, according to a pilot study from Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.
Algorithm corrects contrast enhancement artifacts in dual-source CTC
January 25, 2016 -- A new postprocessing technique for dual-source CT colonography (CTC) corrects for artifacts that mimic contrast enhancement created by fecal tagging materials. The algorithm boosts sensitivity and reduces false-positive detections significantly.
Colorectal cancer patients diagnosed younger than screening age
January 25, 2016 -- Many colorectal cancer patients are being diagnosed when they are younger than 50 years old, the age at which most guidelines say screening should begin, according to a new analysis of U.S. patients in Cancer. The findings raise questions about how -- and whether -- screening should be addressed in younger adults.
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