FDG-PET falls short in assessing some para-aortic lymph node metastases
March 15, 2010 -- While FDG-PET performs well in detecting para-aortic lymph node (PALN) metastasis among patients with a relatively high probability of the disease, the modality falls short in evaluating para-aortic lymph nodes based solely on cervical cancer, according to a new study in the March Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
SPIE: New uses for focused ultrasound to treat brain diseases defined
March 15, 2010 -- Focused ultrasound therapy can noninvasively deliver targeted energy deep into the body with precision. Adding MR imaging enables real-time guidance and visualization of heating and ablation effects. And while the technique may not traditionally be associated with brain treatments, focused ultrasound could prove a perfect fit for treating a range of brain diseases.
U.S. House Democrat says still short on health votes
March 15, 2010 -- WASHINGTON (Reuters), Mar 15 - White House officials on Sunday confidently predicted quick final passage of healthcare reform but a top Democratic vote-counter said the party still needs to line up more support in the House of Representatives.
Software glitch shuts down VA-DoD EMR data exchange
March 12, 2010 -- A software glitch that led to the display of incorrect patient data has resulted in the shutdown of a data exchange portal that linked information systems operated by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
U.S. Democrats move closer to healthcare deal
March 12, 2010 -- WASHINGTON (Reuters), Mar 12 - Congressional Democrats drew closer on Thursday to agreement on a broad healthcare overhaul that could clear the way for a final vote in the next few weeks, but vowed not to be bound by White House deadlines.
Reason for optimism even in latest Mo-99 supply challenge
March 12, 2010 -- Nuclear medicine departments worldwide are again facing the challenge of tight supply for molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) as two major production sites remain offline. Still, there is reason for optimism, as departments learn from previous experiences and when inspiration came from desperation.
Obama: Time for talk is over on healthcare bill
March 12, 2010 -- ST. CHARLES, MO (Reuters), Mar 12 - President Barack Obama declared on Wednesday the "time for talk is over" and urged the U.S. Congress to vote on healthcare as his health secretary directly challenged insurers to forgo profits to make coverage more affordable.
Cardiac catheterization has low diagnostic yield
March 11, 2010 -- NEW YORK (Reuters Health), Mar 11 - Just 38% of patients with suspected cardiac disease are found to have obstructive coronary disease on elective cardiac catheterization, new research shows. This low diagnostic yield suggests that clinical assessments and noninvasive tests are not doing their job in selecting patients for cardiac catheterization.
VC CAD: Projection-based features reduce false positives
March 10, 2010 -- An advanced visualization method for virtual colonoscopy could help computer-aided detection (CAD) programs slash false-positive rates, according to researchers from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and colleagues.