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Lung CAD boosts radiologist accuracy
February 17, 2010 -- Computer-aided detection (CAD) technology can improve the performance of even experienced thoracic radiologists in assessing lung nodules on CT, according to research published in the March issue of Academic Radiology.
PET/CT cost-effective for head, neck squamous cell carcinoma
February 17, 2010 -- FDG-PET/CT is not only most effective for pretreatment screening of distant metastases in patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, the combined modalities do so with no additional costs to healthcare providers, according to researchers in the Netherlands.
USPSTF guidelines influencing doctors, poll finds
February 16, 2010 -- A poll published in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows that the recently updated guidelines on breast screening from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) may be affecting whether doctors recommend mammography for women in their 40s.
Communication failure: A surefire route to malpractice court
February 16, 2010 -- What if radiologists knew that failure to communicate radiologic findings to referring physicians is a factor in 80% of malpractice lawsuits? And payment to plaintiffs in these kinds of cases averaged $1.9 million per case? Most likely, they'd ramp up their communication efforts.
VC screening offers a fresh look at urolithiasis
February 16, 2010 -- A clinical study of more than 5,000 asymptomatic individuals is shedding new light on the prevalence and sequelae of stone disease in adults screened with virtual colonoscopy. Researchers found evidence of calculi in nearly 9% of the study population, results that tweak assumptions about groups thought to be at higher risk of stone disease.
Highest breast cancer decline seen in affluent white women
February 16, 2010 -- Breast cancer rates may be declining overall, but affluent white women are seeing the most significant declines, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health.
VC CAD application does well alone and as reader aid
February 15, 2010 -- A new investigational computer-aided detection (CAD) application significantly improves the accuracy of virtual colonoscopy interpretation, both as standalone software without a radiologist and in a real-world, multireader environment.
Image breech babies twice for hip dysplasia, study suggests
February 15, 2010 -- A new study published in this month's issue of Journal of Children's Orthopaedics indicates that breech babies at risk of hip dysplasia might benefit from an extra imaging exam beyond what's recommended by current clinical guidelines.
Case report: Imaging tracks course of H1N1 in girl
February 12, 2010 -- Texas researchers have published a case report demonstrating how medical imaging exams offer insight into the physiological changes wrought by the H1N1 virus in a 12-year-old girl who died of the disease.
MSK applications could give CAD a shot in the arm
February 12, 2010 -- Computer-aided detection (CAD) technology in radiology has largely focused on cancer applications in the breast, chest, and colon. But with the pace of innovation slowing in those fields, the development of new musculoskeletal CAD applications could help revitalize the technology.
New CT scans of Pa-Ib mummy unveil more secrets
February 11, 2010 -- It's said that "Dead men tell no tales," but a 4,000-year-old female mummy that was recently re-examined with a 64-slice CT scanner revealed many of her secrets to paleoimaging experts. Connecticut researchers used CT to learn important details about her life in ancient Egypt.
Contrast MRI helps guide stem cell therapy for myeloma
February 11, 2010 -- Researchers from France have found that whole-body dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI can help assess treatment response in patients receiving stem cell therapy for multiple myeloma by providing quantitative analysis of bone marrow and focal lesion enhancement.
Pediatric cancer risk from thallium imaging defined
February 11, 2010 -- Researchers from a Tennessee children's hospital have found that thallium-based bone nuclear imaging studies can raise the risk of cancer incidence in pediatric patients, according to an article in the January issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
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