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Mammography debate is the most recent in a tumultuous history
March 15, 2013 -- What are the roots of the present-day mammography debate? In an excerpt from his book on the history of mammography, radiologist Dr. Handel Reynolds explains the origins of the idea that early cancer detection could save women's lives, as well as how it has affected the use of mammography as a screening tool.
Imaging Interoperability: Part 2 -- The 3 flavors of VNA
March 15, 2013 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the second in a two-part series on imaging interoperability from Jonathan Shoemaker and Jef Williams of Ascendian Healthcare Consulting. In Part 2, the authors present the key factors that best leverage the functionality of a true VNA.
Record label swaps x-ray film for traditional vinyl
March 15, 2013 -- If you're tired of reading x-rays, how about spinning them instead? Old medical x-ray films were literally pressed into service to form limited-edition discs of a new single from record label Third Man Records, founded by Jack White of the band the White Stripes.
CMS to loosen strings on oncology PET payments
March 14, 2013 -- In a move that should make PET reimbursement easier for most oncology applications, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) this week proposed removing its longstanding requirement that FDG-PET scans of patients with solid tumors be reported to a national data registry.
ONC chief Mostashari believes data can fix U.S. healthcare
March 14, 2013 -- Intelligent use of data can fix a broken healthcare system, said Dr. Farzad Mostashari, national coordinator for health IT within the U.S. Office of the National Coordinator (ONC). Mostashari delivered the final keynote address of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society meeting last week in New Orleans.
NEJM: RT boosts heart disease risk in breast cancer patients
March 14, 2013 -- Radiation therapy (RT) has played a key role in reducing breast cancer mortality rates, but even at low doses it can increase a woman's risk of heart disease, according to new research published on March 14 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Iodixanol produces less patient discomfort than iopamidol
March 14, 2013 -- A head-to-head comparison of contrast media for coronary CT angiography showed that patients experienced less discomfort after intravenous administration of iodixanol than with iopamidol, according to results presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting.
Match Day looms for medical students on March 15
March 14, 2013 -- It's the most wonderful time of the year -- at least if you're a medical student. The National Resident Matching Program said that results will be available on Friday, March 15, for Match Day, when students discover the academic program to which they've been assigned.
Carville, Rove share competing visions for U.S. healthcare
March 13, 2013 -- As might be expected, political consultants James Carville and Karl Rove found little to agree on during a debate at last week's Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting. However, they did offer an intelligent and surprisingly civil discussion that illuminated the U.S. healthcare dilemma.
ACC: Nonthoracic MRI may be safe for pacemaker, ICD patients
March 13, 2013 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Nonthoracic MRI scans are safe for patients with cardiac pacemakers or implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), according to preliminary results from the MagnaSafe Registry presented on March 10 at the 2013 American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.
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