ICUS: Ultrasound contrast backers urge new approach
September 11, 2015 -- Some 15 years after the first ultrasound contrast agents were cleared in the U.S., the technology remains underutilized. It's now time to consider another path toward broader acceptance, according to a Thursday talk at the International Contrast Ultrasound Society (ICUS) Bubble Conference in Chicago.
UCLA group cuts unnecessary x-rays for pelvic trauma
September 11, 2015 -- A group from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) was able to slash the number of unnecessary stat portable pelvic radiography studies that were being performed in addition to CT scans for trauma patients, according to an article in the September issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Structured reporting improves quality of MRI reports
September 10, 2015 -- While some traditions should be valued and retained, the old standard free-text radiology report might not be one of them. At Brigham and Women's Hospital, a structured reporting template yielded a significant improvement in the quality of MRI reports for the crucial task of staging rectal cancer.
Optical colonoscopy misses polyps detected on CTC
September 10, 2015 -- More than 20% of polyps detected at CT colonography (CTC) may be missed at subsequent optical colonoscopy, according to a study in Radiology. What's more, most of the missed polyps were large and clinically significant.
Breast cancer on rise in low-income countries
September 10, 2015 -- Low- and middle-income countries are seeing a rise in breast cancer incidence and death rates, despite the fact that death rates have decreased in higher-income countries, where incidence rates have increased or stabilized, according to a new study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.
JAMA opinion: Unethical to pay women for mammograms
September 10, 2015 -- The practice of paying women to undergo mammography is unethical, according to an opinion piece published in the September 8 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
PET/MRI can be a boon for pediatric cancer patients
September 9, 2015 -- Young pediatric patients may benefit from FDG-PET/MRI for staging and clinically evaluating oncologic disorders, given the hybrid modality's superior soft-tissue contrast and significantly lower radiation dose, according to a study published online August 24 in Investigative Radiology.
Low-risk cases fuel rising thyroid cancer rates
September 9, 2015 -- The rapid increase in the number of thyroid cancers diagnosed over the past decade is being driven by low-risk cases that would never pose a health threat to patients -- and one-third of these are asymptomatic cases being diagnosed with advanced medical imaging, according to a new study.
Making a Difference as a Sonographer: Pain in the neck
September 8, 2015 -- Everyone seems to be under the constant strain of having to do more -- more appointments, more calls, more meetings, more time at the computer, etc. This can result in debilitating pain and injuries in the area of the head, neck, and shoulders. Fortunately, echocardiographer Doug Wuebben has some tips and exercises that can help.
Cardiac cath shows risk of spasms at coronary stenoses
September 8, 2015 -- Japanese researchers using coronary angiography discovered that patients with spasms near sites of coronary stenosis had a higher risk of experiencing a heart attack in the future, according to an article in the September 8 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
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