JAMA: Nuclear MPI use in Kaiser system falls dramatically
March 25, 2014 -- The use of nuclear myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) dropped by half from 2006 to 2011 within a Kaiser Permanente healthcare system in California, but researchers can't quite point to specific reasons for the decline, according to a study published in the March 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
SIR: Y-90 radioembolization may offer chemo alternative
March 25, 2014 -- Radioembolization with yttrium-90 (Y-90) shows promise in treating breast cancer patients whose disease has spread to the liver and who have exhausted all other treatment options, according to a study presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) annual meeting.
SIR: Video glasses calm patients during treatment
March 24, 2014 -- Patients who wore video glasses showing pleasant movies or TV shows during interventional radiology procedures were less anxious than those who underwent procedures without glasses, concludes a new study presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) annual meeting in San Diego.
SIR: Prostate artery embolization proves useful
March 24, 2014 -- An emerging treatment known as prostate artery embolization for benign prostatic hyperplasia is effective and long-lasting, without causing sexual dysfunction, according to a study presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) annual scientific meeting this week in San Diego.
NCoBC: Breast cancer screening requires difficult choices
March 24, 2014 -- It can be tough to run a breast care center as controversy swirls around the effectiveness of screening mammography. No matter where a facility falls in the debate, putting together a screening program demands hard choices, according to a presentation at the National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCoBC) meeting in Las Vegas.
Mammography texture analysis may predict false positives
March 24, 2014 -- False-positive results are an unfortunate aspect of mammography. But an algorithm that analyzes the texture of breast tissue on mammograms may be able to predict which patients are more likely to have negative biopsy results, paving the way for more individualized screening, according to researchers from the University of Pennsylvania.
NEJM editorial examines proliferation of point-of-care US
March 24, 2014 -- Broader training and thorough assessment of the benefits of point-of-care ultrasound are required before the technology can replace the stethoscope in physical examinations, according to an editorial published March 20 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Risk analysis paves way for securing patient data
March 21, 2014 -- Healthcare organizations must deal with a number of regulatory requirements for ensuring patient data security, and compliance begins with a thoughtful, detailed risk assessment analysis, according to a talk at the recent Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society meeting in Orlando, FL.
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.