New data from Canadian study revive breast screening battle
February 11, 2014 -- The battle over breast screening was revived yet again this week with data from a controversial Canadian study in BMJ that cast doubt on mammography's effectiveness for women ages 40 to 59. Mammography proponents quickly rose to point out flaws in the trial, which contradicts other population-based breast screening studies.
CMS launches public comment period for CT lung screening
February 11, 2014 -- In another move toward Medicare payment for CT lung cancer screening, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on February 10 opened up a 30-day public comment period regarding a proposal to make CT screening for high-risk individuals one of Medicare's covered preventive services.
Evidence is weak in NY Times editorial on radiation risk
February 11, 2014 -- On January 31, the New York Times published an op-ed on the cancer risks related to medical radiation. Titled "We are giving ourselves cancer," the article has produced an outpouring of commentary. In this response, thoracic surgeon Dr. Frederic W. Grannis Jr. questions whether the authors accurately portrayed the risks of medical radiation.
Tomosynthesis nearly equals MRI for rheumatoid arthritis
February 11, 2014 -- Digital tomosynthesis is nearly as good as MRI for detecting signs of rheumatoid arthritis, and both are much better than the reference standard, conventional radiography, according to a new study in the February issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
JACR: Study confirms slowdown in CT use among private payors
February 10, 2014 -- The use of CT has increased over the past 15 years faster than other forms of imaging, leading to concerns about overuse and radiation exposure. But since 2009, CT's growth rate has slowed among privately insured patients, according to a study in the February issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Workload analysis helps enable subspecialized reading
February 10, 2014 -- Does your health system want to take your subspecialized image reading in-house around the clock, but you're not sure if you have the staff? Check out the case of one New Jersey health system, which was able to centralize 24/7 subspecialized reading after performing a comprehensive workload analysis.
FDG-PET/MRI shows advantages with malignant bone lesions
February 7, 2014 -- Compared to PET/CT, FDG-PET/MRI with a fully integrated whole-body scanner is "technically and clinically robust" in its evaluation of bone lesions, despite differences in attenuation correction between the two hybrid modalities, according to a study in the February issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
2-view tomo boosts diagnostic accuracy, reduces recalls
February 7, 2014 -- Adding one-view digital breast tomosynthesis to screening with conventional digital mammography improves diagnostic accuracy and reduces recall rates -- and adding two-view tomo increases the benefit even further, according to a new study in the February issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Straight Talk From the PACSman: Times, they are a-changin'
February 6, 2014 -- PACS has become an integral part of the healthcare landscape, with digital image management installed in some form in nearly every hospital in the U.S. and in many facilities overseas. However, the complexion of the PACS market has changed dramatically over the past few years.
Are you ready to comply with new radiation safety rules?
February 6, 2014 -- Radiation safety is no longer just a legal issue for imaging facilities in states such as California and Texas that have adopted new radiation reporting laws. With the publication of new diagnostic imaging standards by the Joint Commission, all imaging sites soon will have to comply with dose reporting. Are you ready?
FDG-PET predicts risk in patients with cardiac sarcoidosis
February 6, 2014 -- In a large study of patients with known or suspected cardiac sarcoidosis, researchers found that FDG-PET could identify those at higher risk of death or life-threatening arrhythmia, according to results published in the February 4 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Residents must learn leadership in new healthcare paradigm
February 5, 2014 -- These days, radiology residents have a lot to learn and precious little time to learn it. But if they hope to survive the new healthcare reality, they'll need to pile some leadership skills on top of the technical knowledge they're committing to memory, according to one former radiology resident who's been there.
Report: MRI scanner installed base is long in the tooth
February 5, 2014 -- The average age of the installed base of MRI scanners in the U.S. grew from 8.7 years in 2010 to 11.4 years in 2013, meaning that many scanners could be due for a replacement, according to a new market research report by IMV Medical Information Division.
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