Mortality down in Japan after CT lung cancer screening begins
October 29, 2012 -- Results from a lung cancer screening program in Japan suggest that implementation of low-dose chest CT screening in the community may decrease lung cancer mortality within a few years after it's introduced -- at levels comparable to those found in the National Lung Screening Trial in the U.S., according to a study published this month in Lung Cancer.
Superficial RT offers alternative to surgery for skin cancers
October 29, 2012 -- This year, more than 2.8 million basal cell carcinoma and an estimated 700,000 squamous cell carcinoma skin cancers will be diagnosed in the U.S. alone, according to an estimate from the Skin Cancer Foundation. Superficial radiation therapy (RT) is an emerging option for many of these patients.
NaF-PET/CT detects bone mets in prostate cancer patients
October 26, 2012 -- The use of PET/CT with a sodium fluoride (NaF) radiopharmaceutical produces high sensitivity, suggesting that the modality can be beneficial in detecting bone metastases caused by prostate cancer, according to a study published in the November issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
FDA panel gives nod to 2D synthetic mode for Hologic breast tomo
October 25, 2012 -- A U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel voted 9 to 1 on October 24 to recommend approval for a new imaging mode on the Selenia Dimensions 3D digital breast tomosynthesis system from Hologic that creates synthesized 2D images from 3D data.
Storing documents in PACS or RIS is a bad idea
October 25, 2012 -- Managing documents is not a new issue, as document management systems were in place long before and have existed in parallel with PACS and other department information systems, according to a new column by PACS education expert Herman Oosterwijk of OTech.
Breast brachytherapy may cause more complications
October 25, 2012 -- Breast brachytherapy has become increasingly popular for older and elderly women with early-stage breast cancer, but they may wish to think twice before selecting this treatment, based on a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Minnies 2012 winners highlight importance of breast imaging
October 24, 2012 -- Every year since 2000, has published the Minnies, our annual rankings of the best of the best in radiology. This year's winners offer a view of the expansive breadth of radiology, in addition to highlighting the ongoing importance of perhaps the specialty's most controversial technology: breast imaging.
ACR institute blasts imaging payment cuts in first report
October 24, 2012 -- The first major report from the American College of Radiology's (ACR) new Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute warns of diminished patient access to diagnostic imaging and other unintended negative consequences from public policies that have slowed imaging's growth.
Sharper image: 3D phase-contrast tomo shows smaller breast tumors
October 23, 2012 -- Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Germany, and France have collaborated to produce ultrasharp 3D breast images with a technique that delivers less radiation than a mammogram, according to an article published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Study finds PET utilization varies along racial, income lines
October 23, 2012 -- A five-year analysis of Medicare beneficiaries with cancer has found greater utilization of PET imaging among white patients with greater income levels in areas of higher Medicare spending.
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