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JAMA: Adding tomo to mammography finds more cancer
June 24, 2014 -- Adding digital breast tomosynthesis to mammography screening boosts the detection of invasive cancer by more than a third compared to mammography alone while reducing the number of false positives by 15%, according to a study in the June 25 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Lung cancer screening of seniors: Should CMS regulate?
June 24, 2014 -- A just-published proposal in the Annals of Internal Medicine seeks to balance the benefits and harms of CT lung cancer screening by limiting the screening of Medicare beneficiaries to lung cancer screening centers that would be accredited based on still-evolving society-based guidelines.
USPSTF finalizes AAA screening recommendations
June 24, 2014 -- Adhering mostly to its draft statement published in January, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) included no big surprises in its new recommendations in favor of ultrasound screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs).
NJ officials: Luxury cars seized after imaging fraud bust
June 23, 2014 -- New Jersey investigators said that Lamborghini and Ferrari sports cars were among the items seized from the 9,000-sq-ft mansion of an individual charged with running a scheme that allegedly paid physicians kickbacks for Medicaid referrals.
New knowledge changes use of CT in guiding stroke treatment
June 23, 2014 -- Intravenous tissue plasminogen activator works better and is harmful to fewer patients than most doctors think, and, in any case, stroke treatment shouldn't be denied just because CT perfusion says the ischemic area is too large, according to a presentation earlier this month at the International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT.
Breast cancer management in Turkey meets global standards
June 23, 2014 -- A Turkish study on the diagnosis and management of breast cancer with bone metastasis found that while the country largely complies with international guidelines, physicians need to increase their awareness and knowledge of the current guidelines.
ISCT's Rubin issues challenge to image processing firms
June 20, 2014 -- Advances in image processing have given radiologists new tools to find the abnormalities they're looking for. But Dr. Geoffrey Rubin believes that radiologists need better tools -- and quickly -- before they drown in a flood of data being produced by the new generation of CT scanners.
Consumer-grade displays can tackle image viewing
June 20, 2014 -- Even without DICOM calibration, consumer-grade color displays can perform comparably to medical-grade grayscale LCDs for reading chest radiographs, Colombian researchers reported in the June issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
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.
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