Adding DBT to screening mammo boosts benefits, but not cost October 28, 2014 -- Adding digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) to biennial screening mammography is a cost-effective way to improve breast cancer detection in women with dense tissue, compared with mammography alone, according to a new study published online in Radiology.
Canadian study: Mammo cuts breast cancer mortality rates by 40% October 27, 2014 -- You've heard of the controversial Canadian study that cast doubt on the effectiveness of mammography. Now, a new study from Canada has found that breast cancer screening reduces mortality rates by 40% across all ages, according to results published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Radiography misses one-third of wrist fractures October 24, 2014 -- Researchers from Turkey found that radiography missed one-third of wrist fractures compared with multidetector-row CT, according to an article published online on October 18 in Emergency Radiology. They believe that clinicians may want to use CT or MRI for emergency room patients suspected of having wrist trauma.
Mobile App Spotlight: Radiology Toolbox Pro October 23, 2014 -- Radiology Toolbox Pro is designed to serve as an "ectopic brain" for radiology, with handy references such as management criteria for a number of conditions, as well as calculators and charts.
New codes for DBT: Will providers receive payment in 2015? October 23, 2014 -- In just a few weeks, radiology providers should know what changes the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services intend to finalize for 2015 related to digital mammography and breast tomosynthesis (DBT), according to a new article by Jeff Majchrzak of Panacea Healthcare Solutions.
DBT screening shows greatest benefit for younger women October 22, 2014 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) shows its greatest benefit when used to screen women younger than 50, according to research published October 13 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. DBT was effective in reducing recalls and increasing cancer detection in these younger women, who have been at the center of the controversy over breast screening.
Making a Difference as a Sonographer: Caring for the IT band October 21, 2014 -- Iliotibial (IT) band syndrome is primarily known as one of the most common overuse injuries for runners. But sonographers and other professionals who are on their feet all day also experience problems caused by tight IT bands.
Promising new MRI technique provides insight into stroke October 20, 2014 -- Researchers from several institutions have used a 21-tesla preclinical MR spectroscopy scanner to develop a new technique for evaluating patients for stroke and possibly neurodegenerative diseases. They believe the protocol could be migrated to 3- and 7-tesla MRI scanners being used clinically.
CT corrects the record on arthritis in ancient Egypt October 20, 2014 -- Using CT, Egyptian researchers found that ancient Egyptian royal families appear to have suffered from a degenerative spinal disease rather than an inflammatory type of arthritis, as previously assumed. Study results were published online in Arthritis and Rheumatology.
Payment parity in radiation therapy best serves cancer patients October 17, 2014 -- Freestanding radiation treatment centers play a vital role in ensuring access to state-of-the-art radiation therapy. But a recent article on AuntMinnie.com about reimbursement rates at these centers provided a misleading picture, according to Dr. Paul Wallner, senior vice president of 21st Century Oncology.
Barco unites medical displays with Uniti launch at JFR October 16, 2014 -- In the world of medical displays, a gulf has existed between grayscale and color, with imaging facilities maintaining separate types of monitors for optimal performance. At the French national congress, JFR, Barco aims to bridge the divide through Coronis Uniti, designed for both applications.
Hold the phone: Interruptions harm accuracy of residents October 16, 2014 -- A single additional interruption in the form of a telephone call within an hour of when an on-call resident creates a preliminary report boosts the chances of a significant error in the report by 12%, according to a new study published online in Academic Radiology.
Box targets cloud-based image sharing with bid for MedXT October 16, 2014 -- Market interest in cloud-based image sharing has drawn the attention of cloud storage provider Box. Continuing its expansion into healthcare, Box has moved to acquire cloud-based RIS/PACS software developer MedXT.
New Qatar hospital will pursue point-of-care radiology October 15, 2014 -- Western radiologists who want to raise their visibility to patients and referring physicians would do well to look east -- specifically, the Middle East. A new hospital set to open in Qatar in 2015 hopes to change the traditional department-based radiology model by embedding radiologists directly in clinical areas.
MRI shows baseball's wear on teenage shoulders October 14, 2014 -- It may be America's pastime, but baseball is causing a range of health issues in the young athletes who play it. In a new study published online October 14 in Radiology, MR images revealed abnormal shoulder development and potential long-term issues in male and female teenagers who threw a baseball more than 100 times a week.