Meeting customer needs in the 3D lab: Part 1 July 2, 2013 -- In this first installment of a two-part series on implementing postprocessing requirements for radiologists and clinicians in the 3D laboratory, AuntMinnie.com provides 3D technologist Laura Pierce's suggestions on how to address the needs of radiologists.
U.S. updates x-ray rules for black lung program July 2, 2013 -- The U.S. government has finalized new rules that allow images from digital radiography (DR) systems to be used for claims filed under its program for screening coal miners for black lung disease. The program's technical specifications haven't been updated since 1980, despite the rising use of DR.
Radiation risk matters in cancer screening decisions July 1, 2013 -- CT wins the cost-benefit analysis in most cancer screening tests involving the modality, but the risks of ionizing radiation aren't negligible and should continue to be scrutinized as a factor in screening decisions, according to an article in the July edition of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
NaF-PET/CT beats scintigraphy, SPECT/CT for bone metastases July 1, 2013 -- Sodium fluoride (NaF) PET/CT provides greater sensitivity and specificity for the detection of bone metastases than planar bone scintigraphy and SPECT/CT, according to a new pilot study from Copenhagen University Hospital.
As payment models change, imaging must focus on 4 key priorities June 28, 2013 -- Radiology has a central role in healthcare: It makes up 7.5% of U.S. healthcare expenditures and 14% of Medicare's Part B spending, with direct costs for radiology totaling $175 billion per year. So as healthcare delivery and payment systems shift, radiologists are challenged to operate within a different framework.
Stanford neuroimaging center highlights MRI-based artwork June 28, 2013 -- While some people might wish to forget the experience of undergoing an MRI exam, others turn it into art. Inspired by scans of her own brain, California artist Laura Jacobson recently created a permanent collection of works for the Stanford Center for Cognitive and Neurobiological Imaging.
JAMA: Use of advanced radiation therapy grows June 28, 2013 -- The use of advanced radiation therapy technologies grew rapidly between 2004 and 2009 for treating men with prostate cancer, particularly among those who might not be at risk of dying from the disease, according to an article published in the June 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
NH report slams Exeter Hospital procedures in hepatitis C outbreak June 27, 2013 -- In an official report, state health authorities in New Hampshire say that officials and staff at Exeter Hospital had lax procedures and missed multiple warning signs in the case of a cardiac cath lab technologist who infected dozens of patients with hepatitis C as part of an alleged drug diversion scheme.
AJR: Virtual colonoscopy's time has come June 27, 2013 -- Virtual colonoscopy researchers have served up all the evidence the U.S. government asked for, and as a result they've concluded the time is now for approval of the technique to screen for colorectal cancer, according to an article published in the July American Journal of Roentgenology.
Is the human brain wired to miss breast cancer? June 27, 2013 -- Radiologists miss breast cancer on mammography exams for many reasons, including failures of perception, poor compression or positioning, and breast density. But another reason is that the human brain may be wired to miss targets when they occur less frequently, according to a study published in PLOS One.