IMRT seems most effective radiation therapy for prostate cancer April 17, 2012 -- The use of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) for prostate cancer caused fewer toxicities and less cancer recurrence than conformal radiotherapy and proton therapy treatments, according to a study published in the April 18 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
SIGGAR study finds preference for VC, but dislike of more tests April 17, 2012 -- Patients undergoing virtual colonoscopy experience less pain and discomfort and more overall satisfaction than those undergoing conventional colonoscopy, a recent research study has found. Months after the exam, however, perceptions of the experience evened out.
Additional CT recommended when FNA is negative April 16, 2012 -- Fine-needle aspiration (FNA) appears to be the best way to diagnose lung cancer when low-dose CT finds suspicious lesions, but it can produce false negatives, according to a new study in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology.
DCIS: Are we overdiagnosing? April 16, 2012 -- Is treating ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) really reducing breast cancer mortality -- or is it leading to false positives and overdiagnosis? Those were two of the questions posed at last week's National Conference on Breast Cancer.
MRI links plaque features to stroke, ischemic attacks April 16, 2012 -- British researchers used MRI to discover that the type of plaque in the carotid wall, rather than the extent of luminal stenosis, may be a better predictor of who will experience a minor stroke or transient ischemic attack, according to an April 17 study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
ASBD: Toxicity of strut-based breast brachytherapy is low April 13, 2012 -- Breast cancer patients who have accelerated partial-breast irradiation performed with a strut-based applicator experienced low toxicities from the treatment, according to a presentation at the annual symposium of the American Society of Breast Disease (ASBD).
Breast US: Getting back to basics may be best April 13, 2012 -- Breast ultrasound is coming into its own, especially with new attention being paid to dense breast tissue. Specialists have a range of high-tech tools at their disposal, but sometimes getting back to basics may be the best choice, according to an April 13 talk at the National Conference on Breast Cancer.
Deadline looms for comment on stage 2 MU proposals April 13, 2012 -- What is happening with the proposed stage 2 meaningful use (MU) requirements? Not much has been said since the flurry of media coverage accompanied a preview of the new requirements by Dr. Farzad Mostashari, the U.S. national coordinator for health IT, at HIMSS in February. But now is the time to speak up.
Integrating images with EHR yields dividends April 13, 2012 -- Integrating PACS with the electronic health record (EHR) is no easy task, but it's worth the effort to provide clinicians with access to a single, comprehensive view of patient clinical information, according to a team from Harris County Hospital District in Houston.
Moments in Radiology History: Part 3 -- X-ray's early martyrs April 12, 2012 -- How do you make sure a fluoroscope is warmed up? How about putting your hand in front of it until your finger bones appear? That's how early physicians approached the new x-rays discovered by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen. Many of these doctors became radiology's first martyrs.