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MDCT: Future CT scanners will deliver more image, less noise
June 10, 2014 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Today's CT scanners can deliver, at best, about two-thirds of the signal and dose they output into their images. But continued progress toward sharper images and lower dose will require future generations of CT scanners to do better -- and within a few years they will, according to an opening-day talk at the International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT (MDCT).
SNMMI: ARMI trial shows benefits of Rb-82 PET for heart disease
June 10, 2014 -- ST. LOUIS - Trial results presented on Monday at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) meeting show that rubidium-82 PET outperformed thallium-201 SPECT for diagnosing obstructive coronary artery disease -- all while exposing patients to less radiation.
MRI finds brain abnormalities in late preterm infants
June 10, 2014 -- Using MRI, Australian researchers found smaller brain size and other abnormalities that could lead to long-term developmental issues in babies born 32 to 36 weeks into gestation, according to a study published online June 10 in Radiology.
SNMMI: Alzheimer's PET tracer wins Image of the Year award
June 9, 2014 -- ST. LOUIS - A PET image using the novel tracer F-18 THK5117 to label tau protein and neurofibrillary tangles associated with Alzheimer's disease has received the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging's (SNMMI) 2014 Image of the Year award.
Circulation: Cancer risk low for children undergoing heart scans
June 9, 2014 -- Radiation from x-ray and CT scans of the heart is low and doesn't significantly raise the risk of cancer for young children being scanned, according to a study published on June 9 in Circulation that looked at nearly 14,000 heart scans.
SNMMI: New PET tracer detects recurrent prostate cancer
June 9, 2014 -- ST. LOUIS - German researchers have developed a new PET radiotracer that detects recurrent prostate cancer in patients with very low prostate-specific antigen levels, according to two preliminary studies presented on Sunday at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) annual meeting.
Revamping your radiation dose policies for the enterprise
June 9, 2014 -- Recent regulatory changes regarding radiation dose management have made it imperative for healthcare providers to revise their imaging policies and procedures. But where should you begin? Neomi Mullens and Neil Singh from Ascendian Healthcare Consulting offer their advice.
ACR CEO Harvey Neiman dies
June 6, 2014 -- Longtime American College of Radiology (ACR) CEO Dr. Harvey Neiman has died after a long illness, ACR said. Neiman, 71, dedicated his life to improving medical care, and under his leadership, ACR grew to become one of the world's most powerful medical specialty societies, according to the organization.
The hybrid OR suite: Design collaboration for success
June 6, 2014 -- Many hospitals are considering the installation of hybrid operating rooms (ORs) -- suites in which both image-guided, minimally invasive procedures and open surgeries can be performed. In this article, a team from Massachusetts General Hospital describes how it went about creating an advanced hybrid OR suite.
Experts outline road map for effective CT lung cancer screening
June 6, 2014 -- The radiology community was shocked on April 30 when a Medicare advisory panel issued a vote of low confidence in CT lung cancer screening. In this article, Teri Yates of Accountable Radiology Advisors describes how some advocates of screening are moving forward in the wake of this setback.
SRU guidelines would catch nearly all incidental thyroid cancers
June 5, 2014 -- Very few incidentally detected thyroid cancers would be missed if recommendations from the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound (SRU) for thyroid nodules were followed. What's more, the nodules not worked up are unlikely to become a problem, according to research published in the June issue of Radiology.
Making a Difference as a Sonographer: Embracing telemedicine
June 5, 2014 -- Telemedicine is a powerful and disruptive force in today's healthcare system. For sonographers and others on the front lines of healthcare, telemedicine can be stressful and a big change. But it can also offer some of the very best moments for a healthcare worker, according to echocardiographer Doug Wuebben.
Letter: VA scandal included radiology services in Texas
June 4, 2014 -- The scandal rocking the U.S. Veterans Health Administration has a radiology aspect, according to a letter submitted in May to the VA Office of Inspector General by a retired physician from the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, who claims that the facility hid delays in medical imaging procedures.
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