Coalition: Payment for yearly breast screening threatened
October 3, 2016 -- A coalition of patient groups and breast cancer experts are appealing to the U.S. Congress to protect a mandate in the Affordable Care Act that requires insurers to cover annual screening mammograms for women 40 and older.
Funding, expertise give Jump an edge on 3D hearts
October 3, 2016 -- These are still the early days for advanced visualization and 3D printing, but you'd hardly know it from the operation at Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center. Researchers are hard at work building a library of 3D heart models designed to realize the potential of 3D modeling for education, surgical planning, and other applications.
Mary's Musings: We are all imagers
September 30, 2016 -- What does medical imaging have to do with deep sea exploration? If your answer is "not much," then be sure to read this new column from Dr. Mary Morrison Saltz, who has just returned from a fascinating conference on new imaging technologies that span scientific disciplines.
ASTRO: PET predicts outcomes in vulvar cancer patients
September 30, 2016 -- PET scans performed three months after chemoradiation treatment for vulvar cancer can be valuable for predicting overall likelihood of survival as well as the risk of local and distant disease recurrence, according to a study presented on Monday at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) meeting in Boston.
Contrast use doesn't change acute kidney injury rate
September 29, 2016 -- The use of contrast media in x-ray and CT exams is probably less harmful to the kidneys than previously thought, and clinicians should reconsider the wisdom of withholding important imaging exams based on their use of contrast, even in individuals at risk, concludes a just-published study in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Tweets reveal women's perspectives on mammography
September 29, 2016 -- What aspect of mammography stands out most to women who undergo the procedure? A review of the social media platform Twitter produced some revealing insights, according to a new study published online September 19 in Academic Radiology.
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 6: Python script
September 29, 2016 -- Fresh off their successful first date, Ryan and Andy get ready to take the next step. But does Ryan go too far? Find out in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend.
Novel PET tracer helps diagnose concussed patients
September 28, 2016 -- A new PET tracer, F-18 T807, has shown efficacy for diagnosing concussion-related brain degeneration for the first time in a live subject, according to a proof-of-concept study published online September 27 in Translational Psychiatry.
Most hospitals follow pediatric nuclear medicine dose guidelines
September 28, 2016 -- A survey of more than 80 general hospitals that perform nuclear medicine scans on pediatric patients shows the vast majority adhere to radiation-reducing protocols promoted by Image Gently and the 2010 North American guidelines, according to research published in the September issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
ASTRO: Negative PET/CT doesn't always mean dormant NSCLC
September 27, 2016 -- BOSTON - Certain non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients with clinical stage T2 tumors may still need their disease staged invasively, even if they have a negative PET/CT scan, according to a study presented on Sunday at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) meeting.
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