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Texas technologists oppose licensure removal
June 20, 2014 -- The Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists said it opposes a recent move by a commission appointed by the Texas Legislature to eliminate licensure requirements for radiologic technologists.
Dementia link? SPECT finds brain changes in football players
June 19, 2014 -- SPECT imaging has uncovered abnormal cerebral blood flow in retired professional football players in brain regions associated with frontotemporal dementia and Alzheimer's disease, according to a poster presentation at last week's Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) meeting.
Saudi study finds evidence of inappropriate CT referrals
June 19, 2014 -- A new study of CT referrals in a large academic hospital in Saudi Arabia has underlined the need to increase collaboration between clinicians and radiologists in order to follow appropriateness guidelines, attain radiation dose reduction strategies, and avoid misuse of the modality.
Chest CT details characteristics of MERS virus infection
June 18, 2014 -- Researchers in Saudi Arabia have clarified defining characteristics of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, which they say manifests in a similar way to organizing pneumonia on CT, according to a new report in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Analysis finds evidence lacking for HCC screening
June 18, 2014 -- Screening for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in patients with chronic liver disease can detect early-stage cancer, but it's unclear whether systematic screening would yield a survival advantage over clinical diagnosis, according to an analysis published on Tuesday in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
DBT not only finds more cancers, but more invasive ones
June 18, 2014 -- In community practice, digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) performed better than conventional 2D mammography, reducing recall rates, increasing overall cancer detection, and increasing the detection of invasive cancer, according to research published online June 11 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Breast tomosynthesis adoption uneven across the U.S.
June 17, 2014 -- When used with digital mammography, digital breast tomosynthesis has been shown to improve the diagnostic accuracy of breast cancer screening and diagnosis. But exactly how and where is it being used in the U.S.? Researchers investigated this question and presented their findings in the June issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
MRI technique and iron level could help diagnose ADHD
June 17, 2014 -- Using an MRI technique called magnetic field correlation, researchers can measure brain iron levels in adolescents, which could help diagnose attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and lead to more effective treatment. Study results were published online June 17 in Radiology.
Big data, rapid-learning tools will unlock personalized care
June 16, 2014 -- Big data and the software being developed to mine and learn from the vast amounts of data in clinical archives will pave the way for personalized cancer treatment, according to a presentation at the International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT in San Francisco. And image data will be crucial.
New core exam: From 'board frenzy' to 'future neglect'?
June 16, 2014 -- The American Board of Radiology (ABR) and the Association of Program Directors in Radiology (APDR) got it wrong when they revamped the accreditation process and dumped the oral boards in favor of a third-year core exam, according to an opinion piece in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
MedPAC leaves radiology alone in June report to Congress
June 13, 2014 -- In perhaps a case of "no news is good news," the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's (MedPAC) June 2014 report to Congress raises questions about how to revise Medicare payment policies, but it does not contain any new recommendations for imaging.
Synthesized 2D images dramatically reduce DBT radiation dose
June 13, 2014 -- Breast imagers reading 2D images synthetically reconstructed from digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) data had comparable performance to those reading conventional 2D mammography and DBT scans for breast cancer screening, while exposing women to less radiation dose, according to a study published in the June issue of Radiology.
The universal content viewer defined
June 13, 2014 -- Is your healthcare facility considering the implementation of a universal viewer? If so, you may have a few questions about how universal viewers work and their relationship to vendor-neutral archives. In this article, Imad Nijim of Perceptive Software offers his perspective.
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