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Study: Overuse of cardiac imaging adds to health costs
October 13, 2014 -- A new study published in Annals of Internal Medicine has concluded that the overuse of cardiac stress testing with medical imaging has contributed to rising healthcare costs.
Bracco gets FDA nod for ultrasound contrast agent
October 10, 2014 -- A third contestant has joined the U.S. market for ultrasound contrast agents: On Friday, Bracco Diagnostics received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for its Lumason ultrasound contrast agent. The approval marks the end of a long odyssey for Bracco in its efforts to bring the agent to market.
Surgical planning 'cave' highlights advanced imaging
October 10, 2014 -- Researchers at Houston Methodist Hospital are using a high-tech surgical planning room they call Plato's Cave to get the most out of their multimodality radiologic images. The Texas-sized cave helps surgeons prepare for their most challenging cases by revealing the anatomic relationships that are key to their decision-making.
PACS Paradigm Shift: Part 3 -- The advent of PACS 3.0
October 9, 2014 -- In the final article in his series on enterprise medical image viewing, healthcare IT expert Michael Gray describes the PACS 3.0 concept and explores the benefits of making the switch to this new PACS model.
RSNA to show x-ray 'nature scenes' by Dutch medical physicist
October 9, 2014 -- What happens if you combine x-rays, creatures large and small, and a diorama? You get a "biorama," as Dutch medical physicist and artist Arie van 't Riet, PhD, has termed his images. His artwork will be shown at the upcoming RSNA 2014 annual meeting in Chicago.
CAD with digital mammo doesn't improve radiologist performance
October 8, 2014 -- Using computer-aided detection (CAD) with digital mammography has no significant effect on radiologists' performance when they interpret screening mammograms, and it doesn't change their diagnostic decisions, according to a new study published in the October issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Social networking no longer optional for radiologists
October 8, 2014 -- Radiologists are certainly busy these days, but they had better find the time to use online social networking services and tools in a professional capacity. Their careers just might depend on it, according to an article published online in Academic Radiology.
ASL-MRI detects early signs of cognitive decline in elderly
October 7, 2014 -- Using arterial spin-labeled (ASL) MRI, Swiss researchers found evidence of cognitive decline in the brains of healthy elderly individuals before symptoms appeared, according to a new study published online October 7 in Radiology.
Study: Mammo false positives cost women money, time
October 7, 2014 -- Recall visits prompted by false-positive mammograms cost women money -- up to $450 for those who also undergo biopsies, according to a new study published in the Journal of Women's Health. Recalls also cost women in less quantifiable ways, such as time lost at work and anxiety.
Grid computing smooths teleradiology in Turkey
October 7, 2014 -- Turkish researchers have created a framework that utilizes grid computing technology to make teleradiology easier between institutions, regardless of the type of PACS, RIS, or hospital information system used at each location.
Carestream partners with UBMD on extremity CBCT scanner
October 7, 2014 -- Carestream Health is joining forces with UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine of Williamsville, NY, to develop a new 3D conebeam CT (CBCT) scanner for orthopedic imaging of patient extremities, starting with injured knees.
PET/MRI matches PET/CT with less radiation for children
October 6, 2014 -- German researchers have found promising evidence that PET/MRI is equivalent to PET/CT for lesion detection in pediatric cancer patients, while at the same time delivering just one-quarter of the radiation dose, according to a study published in the October issue of Radiology.
SNMMI: Mo-99 supply issues still shape nuclear medicine
October 3, 2014 -- The tenuous supply of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) in recent years has resulted in a double-digit price increase at many nuclear medicine facilities across the U.S., as well as the canceling or rescheduling of appointments and fewer after-hours exams.
Practice of Ultrasound: Part 17 -- Time and tides
October 2, 2014 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the latest in a series of columns on the practice of ultrasound from Dr. Jason Birnholz, one of the pioneers of the modality. In this installment, he discusses why time should always be on the patient's side.
Prototype FFR-CT software shows high accuracy vs. invasive FFR
October 2, 2014 -- A software-based technique aimed at deriving CT-based blood flow data without invasive procedures showed similar accuracy to invasive fractional flow reserve (FFR) for determining the significance of coronary stenosis, according to a new report in the American Journal of Cardiology.
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