#MyRadGirlfriend No. 22: It's cold inside
January 12, 2017 -- It doesn't have to be the dead of winter to experience Arctic-like conditions in the reading room, as Andy and the gang discover in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend.
Mammography recall rates: Is lower really always better?
January 11, 2017 -- In the quest to provide the most effective breast cancer screening, radiologists are constantly trying to improve their performance metrics -- one of which is recall rate. And lower is always better, right? Perhaps not, according to a new study published in the January issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Unprotected DICOM servers remain a security risk
January 10, 2017 -- Thousands of radiology archives worldwide have serious security gaps that could leave them vulnerable to denial-of-service attacks or potentially even theft of patient data, according to research from Massachusetts General Hospital. And the situation isn't getting any better.
Swissray set to join MRI market with wide-bore scanner
January 10, 2017 -- Swissray International is embarking on a new path in 2017. The longtime player in the digital radiography segment is moving into MRI with its first scanner, a wide-bore system called SR Pulse 710 that is set to begin shipping later this year.
Cochrane group again takes aim at breast screening
January 9, 2017 -- Continuing a campaign going back to at least 2000, researchers from the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Copenhagen take aim at screening mammography in a January 10 article in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The group claims that breast screening doesn't reduce the incidence of advanced tumors, and that one-third of tumors detected actually represent overdiagnosis.
Mammography use rises with ACA; colonoscopy, not so much
January 9, 2017 -- The U.S. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has increased adherence to mammography screening by eliminating out-of-pocket costs, according to a new study published January 9 in Cancer. At the same time, reducing expenses did not increase colonoscopy rates among poorer patients.
PET/CT remains best option for head, neck cancer
January 9, 2017 -- While PET/MRI shows great promise in a multitude of clinical applications, German researchers have found that the hybrid modality's performance in evaluating head and neck cancer appears no better than that of tried-and-true PET/CT.
CNN: 'Radiologist' among best jobs in U.S.
January 6, 2017 -- Radiologists have it pretty good, at least if you go by a new survey published January 9 by CNN of the best jobs in the U.S. "Radiologist" landed at No. 45 on CNN's list of the top 100 careers in the country.
Improving the patient experience benefits everyone
January 6, 2017 -- As a diagnostic radiologist, Dr. Jennifer Adams has always been sensitive to the concerns and fears that patients can have when faced with medical imaging procedures. But she gained a new perspective on what it's like to be a patient when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 38.
ACS report shows cancer rates still falling
January 5, 2017 -- Plunging mortality rates for four major cancers contributed to an ongoing decline in the overall cancer death rate in the U.S., according to a report on cancer mortality published January 5 by the American Cancer Society (ACS). The decline comes out to 2.1 million fewer cancer deaths from 1991 to 2014.
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