ECRI offers advice on picking a CT scanner
October 19, 2012 -- Today's CT scanner market boasts the widest array of CT scanner models, capabilities, and pricing options in history. But all that choice can be overwhelming. In an October 17 webinar, nonprofit research organization ECRI Institute offered some guidance on how to cut through the clutter.
Practice of Ultrasound: Part 8 -- Fetal biometry
October 19, 2012 -- presents the eighth in a series of columns on the practice of ultrasound from Dr. Jason Birnholz, one of the pioneers of this modality. While fetal measurements might not be the most glamorous of topics, exploring them yields useful practice tips, he says.
VuCOMP secures PMA for digital mammography CAD
October 18, 2012 -- Some things are worth the wait, believes computer-aided detection (CAD) developer VuCOMP about its newly approved CAD. The company has received premarket approval (PMA) notification for its M-Vu CAD software for digital mammography.
PACS viewing software may not show all image slices
October 18, 2012 -- What you don't know about your PACS viewing software might hurt you. A Japanese research team found that a number of viewers it tested were prone to dropping image slices when paging at a high speed during stack mode.
CONFIRM study confirms gateway role for cardiac CTA
October 17, 2012 -- In a study of more than 15,000 patients who underwent coronary CT angiography (CCTA), few individuals with mild or moderate disease needed invasive procedures, confirming CT's role as a cost-efficient gateway exam for patients with suspected coronary artery disease, researchers wrote in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
PiB-PET better than genetic factor in showing Alzheimer's risk
October 16, 2012 -- PET imaging with carbon-11-labeled Pittsburgh Compound B has revealed that high amounts of beta-amyloid plaque in the brain may be a better predictor of future memory loss in mentally healthy older people than the APOE ε4 allele, according to a study in the October 16 issue of Neurology.
Learning from errors boosts QA in radiation therapy
October 16, 2012 -- Establishing a successful radiotherapy quality assurance (QA) program and a department-wide culture of safety is challenging. Sustaining it can be achieved with an incident learning system, as explained in an article published online in Practical Radiation Oncology.
Moments in Radiology History: Part 8 -- Imaging of black lung
October 15, 2012 -- In 1969, the U.S. Congress passed a new piece of legislation on coal mining that called for compensation to miners who had developed pneumoconiosis, or black lung. The new program relied heavily on medical imaging to detect the disease, with radiology playing a major role in the program's implementation.
ESGAR publishes consensus statement on CT colonography
October 15, 2012 -- The European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (ESGAR) has published its first update on CT colonography (CTC) guidelines since 2007. Its working group on CTC has endorsed 86 statements, reaching near-complete agreement on 71 of the 86 items relating to critical practice areas affecting CTC.
Virtual reality simulator aids neophyte neurosurgeons
October 12, 2012 -- Canadian researchers have developed a virtual reality simulator that makes use of 3D image reconstructions and haptic technology to enable neurosurgery trainees to simulate and practice brain cancer surgery.
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