RADIOLOGY NEWS
New indications, added funding power Navidea into the future
March 16, 2015 -- The past six months have brought many substantial changes for radiopharmaceutical developer Navidea Biopharmaceuticals. The company's accomplishments range from new grant funding to expanded regulatory indications for its main product.
MedPAC takes long view despite 1% drop in imaging volume
March 13, 2015 -- There was a 1% drop in imaging volume per Medicare beneficiary between 2012 and 2013, according to new figures released by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). But despite the decline, MedPAC is pointing out that the use of imaging services remains higher than it was a decade ago.
Technologists can affect mammogram interpretations
March 13, 2015 -- Mammogram interpretation is known to vary by patient, radiologist, and facility characteristics, but what about technologists? Do they also influence interpretation? The answer is yes, according to a new study published in the March edition of Academic Radiology.
Study links overuse of imaging for prostate, breast cancer
March 12, 2015 -- A new study published online March 12 in JAMA Oncology found that geographic regions where imaging overuse is common for prostate cancer also see high overuse rates of breast cancer imaging -- a very different type of disease. The findings indicate that imaging overuse could have a regional component, a development that might complicate efforts to reduce the phenomenon.
More T, doctor? No thanks
March 12, 2015 -- As the European market recovers from economic turmoil, cost is an ever important factor in MRI purchasing decisions, and advanced 1.5-tesla systems are likely to account for a far higher proportion of unit shipments compared with 3-tesla systems over the next five years.
The Healthy Radiologist: Managing sleep on overnight shifts
March 12, 2015 -- In the second article in her series on how radiologists can stay healthy, Dr. Stacey Funt discusses the importance of a good sleep strategy when performing shift work, such as overnight call. Radiologists have different approaches to managing their sleep cycle when doing overnight shifts -- the key is to find one that works for you.
Enterprise IT to enable new generation of systems
March 12, 2015 -- With the rapid spread of IT systems, control of radiology IT is increasingly being dictated by hospital IT departments and executive leadership, but new enterprise healthcare IT also offers the opportunity for radiologists to regain control through "modularization" of departmental IT applications, says industry analyst Stephen Holloway.
7 things to consider when adopting breast tomosynthesis
March 11, 2015 -- To many, digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is the best breast imaging technology to come along since sliced bread. But clinical enthusiasm aside, what needs to be considered before incorporating DBT into a breast imaging practice?
Interview with new ESR president: Dr. Lluís Donoso Bach
March 11, 2015 -- The incoming European Society of Radiology (ESR) president, Dr. Lluís Donoso Bach, PhD, from Barcelona, Spain, discusses his priorities for the year ahead, the threats facing radiology, and e-health, as well as the other issues on the society's agenda.
Canadian group succeeds with cyclotron-produced Tc-99m
March 10, 2015 -- Researchers from Centre de Recherche of the Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke, working in conjunction with the University of Alberta and Advanced Cyclotron Systems, have achieved a major advance by affirming that use of cyclotron-produced technetium-99m (Tc-99m) results in image quality equivalent to that of Tc-99m manufactured in a nuclear reactor.
Apple announces ResearchKit app software for medical researchers
March 10, 2015 -- Apple introduced ResearchKit, an open-source software framework designed to benefit medical researchers, at its March 2015 Special Event on Monday. Using ResearchKit, researchers will be able to more easily design apps that allow patients to remotely consent to join clinical trials and provide data.
How to get work-life balance right -- and not just for women
March 10, 2015 -- Do you want to have a great job without abandoning thoughts of enjoyable hobbies and spending time with family? Dr. Birgit Ertl-Wagner, a neuroradiology professor and section chief of MRI at the University of Munich, Germany, offers some practical tips on achieving work-life balance.
One-fifth of middle-aged athletes risk a heart attack
March 9, 2015 -- VIENNA - A new study presented at ECR 2015 reveals that 19% of middle-aged athletes are at risk of coronary events -- confirming the serious risks to asymptomatic individuals suggested in earlier U.S. studies looking at sudden cardiac death.
Italian radiologists hold favorable view of teleradiology
March 8, 2015 -- VIENNA - Although they often have concerns about its potential impact on their practice, Italian radiologists still typically have a positive view of teleradiology and believe it has a bright future, according to a presentation on Sunday at ECR 2015.
Automated perfusion mapping falls short in stroke
March 8, 2015 -- VIENNA - Automatically generated color CT perfusion maps have a role in the emergency care of ischemic stroke patients, but they are less accurate than manually generated maps, according to research presented at ECR 2015.
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