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NLST analysis: More smoking means more lung cancer
March 21, 2014 -- People with longer smoking histories -- twice as long as those in the 30-pack-year sweet spot for CT lung screening -- have nearly twice the odds of presenting with lung cancer at CT screening, according to a study presented at ECR 2014 by researchers from Ohio.
VA probe clears Fla. health system of whistleblower charges
March 21, 2014 -- An investigation into complaints about medical imaging services at a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health system serving northern Florida and southern Georgia has been resolved without any major irregularities discovered, and the VA has closed the case without taking any action.
MRI provides alternative to CT, US for pediatric appendicitis
March 20, 2014 -- MRI without contrast provides "high diagnostic performance" for suspected pediatric appendicitis and has "substantial" agreement with ultrasound in positive appendicitis cases, indicating that it could be an alternative to both ultrasound and CT for this application, according to a study published online March 17 in Radiology.
NCoBC: Sensory stimuli soothe women during mammograms
March 19, 2014 -- At least a quarter of women eligible for screening mammography avoid it because of fear of pain and anxiety, but this can be alleviated by adding soothing stimuli such as landscape scenes and aromatherapy to screening rooms, according to research presented at the National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCoBC) meeting in Las Vegas.
CT perfusion useful for evaluating small esophageal tumors
March 19, 2014 -- CT perfusion can be used to evaluate esophageal cancers with small tumor diameters that are not amenable to assessment with PET/CT, according to a new study by Turkish researchers presented at ECR 2014 earlier this month.
Study finds overutilization of imaging for headache in U.S.
March 18, 2014 -- Despite guidelines to control the use of CT and MRI for headaches and migraines, neuroimaging procedures are overused and cost an estimated $3.9 billion between 2007 and 2010, according to a study published online March 17 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
NCoBC: Technologists have role in breast density education
March 18, 2014 -- Breast tissue density has become a much discussed element of a woman's breast cancer risk. Patients' lack of knowledge about breast density remains a concern, but radiologic technologists may be able to help, according to a talk on Monday at the National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCoBC) meeting in Las Vegas.
Yoga boosts quality of life for women undergoing radiotherapy
March 17, 2014 -- Yoga improves the quality of life of women undergoing radiotherapy for breast cancer more than the use of simple stretching exercises alone, according to a study published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. It also appears to control patients' cortisol levels, which can lead to better outcomes.
NOPR: NaF-PET can change prostate cancer treatment plans
March 17, 2014 -- PET imaging with sodium fluoride (NaF) changed treatment in more than half of men with prostate cancer and could prove to be a better tool than bone scintigraphy, according to an analysis from the National Oncologic PET Registry (NOPR) published online February 27 in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
MedPAC: Short-term drop in imaging offset by long-term growth
March 14, 2014 -- Imaging volume per Medicare beneficiary decreased by 3.2% from 2011 to 2012, but the use of imaging services has remained much higher than it was a decade ago, according to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's (MedPAC) annual report to Congress.
SGR repeal effort snagged by partisan politics
March 14, 2014 -- The bipartisan effort to repeal the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula is hitting political obstacles, as Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives move to pass a version of repeal legislation that includes amendments linking the fix to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Imaging Forward: How medical imaging is transforming medicine
March 14, 2014 -- Earlier this month, the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA) launched Imaging Forward, a campaign to draw awareness to medical imaging's contributions to medicine. In this opinion article, MITA Executive Director Gail Rodriguez, PhD, describes how technology that was once unimaginable is now the standard of care.
ACR, 40 orgs call for Medicare coverage of CT lung screening
March 13, 2014 -- The American College of Radiology (ACR) and 40 other medical organizations and healthcare providers are calling for full Medicare coverage for low-dose CT lung cancer screening.
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