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.
Social networking no longer optional for radiologists October 8, 2014 -- Radiologists are certainly busy these days, but they had better find the time to use online social networking services and tools in a professional capacity. Their careers just might depend on it, according to an article published online in Academic Radiology.
ASL-MRI detects early signs of cognitive decline in elderly October 7, 2014 -- Using arterial spin-labeled (ASL) MRI, Swiss researchers found evidence of cognitive decline in the brains of healthy elderly individuals before symptoms appeared, according to a new study published online October 7 in Radiology.
Study: Mammo false positives cost women money, time October 7, 2014 -- Recall visits prompted by false-positive mammograms cost women money -- up to $450 for those who also undergo biopsies, according to a new study published in the Journal of Women's Health. Recalls also cost women in less quantifiable ways, such as time lost at work and anxiety.
Grid computing smooths teleradiology in Turkey October 7, 2014 -- Turkish researchers have created a framework that utilizes grid computing technology to make teleradiology easier between institutions, regardless of the type of PACS, RIS, or hospital information system used at each location.
Carestream partners with UBMD on extremity CBCT scanner October 7, 2014 -- Carestream Health is joining forces with UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine of Williamsville, NY, to develop a new 3D conebeam CT (CBCT) scanner for orthopedic imaging of patient extremities, starting with injured knees.
PET/MRI matches PET/CT with less radiation for children October 6, 2014 -- German researchers have found promising evidence that PET/MRI is equivalent to PET/CT for lesion detection in pediatric cancer patients, while at the same time delivering just one-quarter of the radiation dose, according to a study published in the October issue of Radiology.
SNMMI: Mo-99 supply issues still shape nuclear medicine October 3, 2014 -- The tenuous supply of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) in recent years has resulted in a double-digit price increase at many nuclear medicine facilities across the U.S., as well as the canceling or rescheduling of appointments and fewer after-hours exams.