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Reduced breast cancer screening ups mortality risk in older women
April 8, 2013 -- Older women with an extended period of time between their last mammogram and breast cancer diagnosis have an increased risk of death from the disease, according to data presented at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting in Washington, DC. The findings suggest a role for continued screening among women older than 75.  Discuss
Automated CT dose maps tailor radiation dose to patients
April 8, 2013 -- A new technique aimed at mapping CT radiation dose individually for each patient is showing just how far from reality the current standard for calculating dose can be, especially in obese patients, researchers concluded at the 2013 European Congress of Radiology.  Discuss
JACR: MRI use has slowed
April 8, 2013 -- The overall Medicare MRI utilization rate has slowed since 2008, due in part to policymakers' focus on reducing unnecessary healthcare costs -- and radiologists' efforts to educate their colleagues on appropriate imaging use, according to a new study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Imaging centers hit with surprise 30% cut for MRI codes
April 5, 2013 -- The American Taxpayer Relief Act in January averted the planned 26.5% cut to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, but it didn't prevent reimbursement for two "bread and butter" MRI codes from being slashed by 30%. Some freestanding imaging centers are only now becoming painfully aware of the cut.  Discuss
RF ablation for elderly NSCLC patients offers cost benefits
April 5, 2013 -- Radiofrequency (RF) ablation is a practical treatment for elderly patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who are poor candidates for surgery, according to a study published in the April issue of the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology.  Discuss
FLT-PET could help predict outcome in head and neck cancer
April 4, 2013 -- Change in F-18 fluorothymidine (FLT) uptake on PET during early radiotherapy or chemoradiotherapy is a strong indicator of the long-term outcomes of head and neck cancer patients, Dutch researchers report in the April issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss
Radiology train wrecks, or how to ruin imaging and your career
April 4, 2013 -- For radiology trainees, learning how not to behave is just as important as learning the right way to conduct yourself in the imaging suite. In fact, radiology's image to the public may depend on trainees learning what not to do.  Discuss
3D wide-area CT distinguishes tracheomalacia from stenosis
April 3, 2013 -- Dynamic wide-area CT can easily distinguish two different but similar-appearing types of central airway narrowing that are hard to diagnose on conventional MDCT. Even a low-dose protocol captures the information reliably, according to researchers from China.  Discuss
Unusual breast implant sensations while flying: Mystery solved
April 3, 2013 -- For more than 30 years, women with breast implants have said they feel strange sensations when flying at high altitudes in commercial airplanes -- sensations that can persist even after landing. Long considered a myth, a radiologist explained the cause in a letter published in the March issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  Discuss
Hospital taps residents to direct quality improvement program
April 3, 2013 -- A Boston hospital has found a solution to the persistent lack of involvement by residents in case reporting: Appoint a resident as director of quality improvement each year, according to an article in the April edition of Academic Radiology. The move has led to a culture change in how errors are reported at the institution.  Discuss
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