Choosing Wisely boosts use of short-course breast radiation therapy September 25, 2014 -- The use of short-course radiation therapy protocols for breast cancer more than doubled after the American Society for Radiation Oncology recommended that shorter regimens be considered as part of the Choosing Wisely campaign. Still, shorter protocols are not common in the U.S., even though they may be preferred by patients.
JAMA: PET falls short in areas with widespread lung disease September 25, 2014 -- A new study in the September 24 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association found that FDG-PET has sharply lower specificity for diagnosing lung cancer in geographic regions where infectious lung disease is common. The findings could affect how PET is used for following up CT lung screening studies.
New studies underline promise of digital breast tomosynthesis September 25, 2014 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is superior to conventional digital mammography when detecting breast cancer in women with dense breasts, according to research presented at this month's International Congress of Radiology. DBT also has an edge for the characterization of masses.
Big data in radiology will drive personalized patient care September 24, 2014 -- Dynamically mining big data in radiology will help radiologists make more intelligent, consistent, and logical decisions and facilitate more personalized and precise recommendations for patient care, according to Dr. Eliot Siegel of the University of Maryland.
PACS Paradigm Shift: Part 1 -- Problems with today's PACS September 24, 2014 -- Healthcare delivery organizations are experiencing a paradigm shift from departmental views of medical images -- typically seen in radiology and cardiology -- to a single, enterprise view that encompasses all medical images. In this article, healthcare IT expert Michael Gray explores some of the challenges that these changes present.
Survey: Patients unfazed by false positives on CTC exams September 24, 2014 -- In a new survey, patients said they believe the benefits of having a malignancy detected on colon screening exams more than outweigh the drawbacks of a false positive, even if it would lead to unnecessary imaging or invasive follow-up, according to an article published in the October issue of Radiology.
Philips plans split into 2 companies September 23, 2014 -- Philips Healthcare parent Royal Philips plans to combine its healthcare and consumer lifestyle activities into a new company called HealthTech. As part of the strategic reorganization, Royal Philips' lighting business will also become its own company.
Meet the Minnies 2014 finalists September 23, 2014 -- Want to know who remains in the running for the Minnies, AuntMinnie.com's campaign to recognize the best and brightest in medical imaging? Our final list includes 30 candidates competing in 15 categories, from Most Influential Radiology Researcher to Best Radiology Image.
Irish radiology department finds it's not easy being green September 23, 2014 -- A new survey found that radiology staff members at a hospital in Ireland were reluctant to take simple actions that could save thousands of dollars in energy costs. Administrators may therefore need to take more extreme actions, such as programming computers to automatically go into sleep mode overnight, to wring out cost savings.
ASNC: Should nuclear technologists read SPECT MPI scans? September 22, 2014 -- BOSTON - Nuclear medicine technologists were nearly as accurate as cardiologists in reading stress-first SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) studies, according to research presented at the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) meeting. The study hints at a role for technologists in determining which patients could avoid the rest portion of the scans.
Big spectral CT project launches in New Zealand September 22, 2014 -- You've heard of dual-energy CT, but how about eight-energy CT? That's the goal of researchers in New Zealand, who this month received funding for a project to build a CT scanner capable of detecting eight different energies at once in scans of humans. They hope the new spectral scanner will offer functional imaging that is unprecedented for CT, with a lower radiation dose to boot.
Sandy's silver lining: Hurricane creates impetus for change September 19, 2014 -- NEW YORK CITY - Hurricane Sandy was a catastrophic event for New York City, but it did have a silver lining for NYU Langone Medical Center's radiology department. With help from informatics, the storm precipitated significant and lasting workflow and quality improvements, according to a Thursday talk at the New York Medical Imaging Informatics Symposium.
ASTRO: Radiation therapy cost analysis suggests inefficiency September 18, 2014 -- SAN FRANCISCO - A new analysis of radiation therapy costs presented at this week's American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) meeting has found wide variations that aren't related to patient or disease factors. Costs varied between standalone centers and hospital departments -- a variance that has since been flattened by changes in Medicare reimbursement.
MRI aids differentiation of traumatic cerebral fat embolism September 18, 2014 -- An Egyptian-led team of MRI researchers reported at last week's International Congress of Radiology that cerebral fat embolism (CFE) can be differentiated from diffuse axonal injury because CFE has a higher incidence of increased T2-FLAIR and diffusion-weighted imaging lesions.
Ultrasound should be 1st choice for suspected kidney stones September 18, 2014 -- Ultrasound should still be the first imaging test of choice for evaluating patients with suspected nephrolithiasis, according to research published in this week's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The study found that using CT first didn't yield better clinical outcomes.