CAD finds most lung cancers undetected on CT April 14, 2016 -- Computer-aided detection (CAD) finds most cancers that were missed in CT lung cancer screening, according to a new study in Radiology. CAD can enhance the value of CT screening by finding these cancers in time to remove them surgically.
Cardiac cath radiation exacts toll on health personnel April 13, 2016 -- Radiation from cardiac catheterization procedures is taking a heavy toll on cath lab personnel, according to a new study published April 12 in Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions. Italian researchers found higher rates of orthopedic problems, cataracts, skin lesions, and even anxiety and depression in cath lab workers.
Infertility therapy may boost breast density April 13, 2016 -- Infertility treatments, particularly what is called controlled ovarian stimulation, may increase a woman's breast density -- and therefore her breast cancer risk, according to a new study published in Breast Cancer Research.
Imaging holds key in war on drug mules April 13, 2016 -- Novel means of concealment used by traffickers, plus the growing frequency of transporting liquids, pose major challenges for radiologists involved in the detection of illicit drugs, according to researchers from Turkey.
Fans of contrast ultrasound celebrate FDA approval April 12, 2016 -- For advocates of ultrasound contrast, the recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of Lumason from Bracco Diagnostics for characterizing liver lesions was a long overdue moment that will likely serve as a catalyst for broad adoption of these agents -- and not just in the liver.
PET obviates toxic chemo for some Hodgkin's patients April 12, 2016 -- By using FDG-PET to guide chemotherapy, oncologists can significantly increase the number of patients who go into remission and decrease the use of more toxic forms of chemotherapy in those with advanced Hodgkin's lymphoma, according to a study published online April 11 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
MRI shows brain injury in nearly half of ex-NFL players April 11, 2016 -- Researchers have found signs of traumatic brain injury on diffusion-tensor MR images in nearly half of a small group of retired NFL players, according to a study scheduled for presentation next week at the American Academy of Neurology annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
CCTA halves adverse events in SCOT-HEART trial April 11, 2016 -- A trial comparing the use of coronary CT angiography (CCTA) to standard care alone in more than 4,000 chest pain patients revealed sharply reduced event rates and fewer negative angiographies when CCTA was used to guide patient management, according to results published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Shop 'n' scan: Are department stores mammography's future? April 11, 2016 -- Could department stores be the future of breast screening? That was one of several fascinating proposals in an April 10 presentation on the future of mammography at the National Consortium of Breast Centers meeting in Las Vegas. The upshot? Breast centers must get creative if they want to thrive in an era of consumer-driven healthcare.
CT reveals findings in Zika-related microcephaly April 11, 2016 -- Researchers in Brazil reported the appearance on CT scans of brain anomalies caused by the Zika virus in a letter to the editor published online April 6 in the New England Journal of Medicine.