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.
iPad brings change, implementation issues for image viewing
July 2, 2012 -- Mobile applications are changing the way that medical images are consumed, and as a result, institutions must navigate a number of key issues to successfully use tablet devices such as Apple's iPad, according to Dr. Carl Miller of Johns Hopkins University.
JNM: Imaging agents predict endocrine therapy response
July 2, 2012 -- Using PET/CT to image progesterone-receptor status may help identify response to endocrine therapy at an early stage and determine the most appropriate treatment for breast cancer patients, according to a preclinical study published in the July issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
VC again found effective in Medicare population
June 29, 2012 -- A study of more than 1,400 individuals screened with virtual colonoscopy found that the technique is effective in patients 65 years and older, researchers report in the July issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Hydration before contrast cuts CIN in high-risk patients
June 29, 2012 -- Even patients with advanced kidney disease can steer clear of contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) if given plenty of hydration, say researchers from the Netherlands. Results from the study of nearly 1,000 patients with stage 3 or 4 kidney disease were published in the June issue of Radiology.
Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act, individual mandate
June 28, 2012 -- By a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court today upheld the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, including the so-called individual mandate, which requires all Americans to obtain healthcare insurance.
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