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.
JAMA IM editorials weigh in on lung cancer screening October 13, 2014 -- With Medicare on the cusp of a momentous decision about whether to pay for CT lung cancer screening, the issue is the focus of a pair of editorials published October 13 in JAMA Internal Medicine. Taking opposite sides, the articles one last time outline positions that have become solidified as the U.S. government weighs what could be one of the biggest public health initiatives in decades.
CT hits the road in Houston with stroke ambulance project October 13, 2014 -- Houston doctors have launched a CT-equipped mobile stroke unit to start clot-busting treatment sooner after 911 is called. The University of Texas team also hopes to learn whether patients have better long-term outcomes when they're treated sooner rather than later.
Bracco gets FDA nod for ultrasound contrast agent October 10, 2014 -- A third contestant has joined the U.S. market for ultrasound contrast agents: On Friday, Bracco Diagnostics received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for its Lumason ultrasound contrast agent. The approval marks the end of a long odyssey for Bracco in its efforts to bring the agent to market.
Surgical planning 'cave' highlights advanced imaging October 10, 2014 -- Researchers at Houston Methodist Hospital are using a high-tech surgical planning room they call Plato's Cave to get the most out of their multimodality radiologic images. The Texas-sized cave helps surgeons prepare for their most challenging cases by revealing the anatomic relationships that are key to their decision-making.
PACS Paradigm Shift: Part 3 -- The advent of PACS 3.0 October 9, 2014 -- In the final article in his series on enterprise medical image viewing, healthcare IT expert Michael Gray describes the PACS 3.0 concept and explores the benefits of making the switch to this new PACS model.
RSNA to show x-ray 'nature scenes' by Dutch medical physicist October 9, 2014 -- What happens if you combine x-rays, creatures large and small, and a diorama? You get a "biorama," as Dutch medical physicist and artist Arie van 't Riet, PhD, has termed his images. His artwork will be shown at the upcoming RSNA 2014 annual meeting in Chicago.
CAD with digital mammo doesn't improve radiologist performance October 8, 2014 -- Using computer-aided detection (CAD) with digital mammography has no significant effect on radiologists' performance when they interpret screening mammograms, and it doesn't change their diagnostic decisions, according to a new study published in the October issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.