Electronic image transfer lowers cost, radiation exposure
September 4, 2012 -- Researchers from the Pacific Northwest reduced repeat rates for CT studies of trauma patients with an electronic image transfer network using CDs and a virtual private network. The model reduced both costs and radiation dose, according to study results published in the September Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Radiology IT staff resolves sonography workflow problems
September 3, 2012 -- When budgetary constraints prevented a radiology department in Taiwan from purchasing a new RIS to resolve serious patient scheduling and exam workflow issues, the PACS IT team stepped up to the challenge, creating an effective, low-cost workflow management system.
Imaging advances therapy assessment
September 3, 2012 -- Monitoring and understanding a patient's response to therapy plays a central role in optimizing cancer treatment. Advanced imaging technologies could enable monitoring of tumor response at an earlier stage in the treatment course, providing a means for personalized therapy adaptation.
Feds charge imaging center owner with $30M Medicare fraud
August 31, 2012 -- The owner of a radiology practice in New York City has been charged by the U.S. Department of Justice with fraudulent billing of more than $30 million in radiology services provided to Medicare and Medicaid patients that allegedly were never performed.
fMRI shows brain changes in patients with mild brain injury
August 31, 2012 -- Functional MRI (fMRI) showed changes in brain activation when people with mild traumatic brain injury performed memory tasks, hinting that such injuries could have longer-lasting effects than previously thought, according to a study published in the September issue of Radiology.
New open-source software could improve breast cancer management
August 31, 2012 -- MONTREAL - A new software suite is being developed in the Canadian Atlantic provinces that could make patient management and imaging resource use more efficient, not only in that region but in the rest of the world. Information on the system was presented this week at the 2012 World Cancer Congress.
NICU staff may be exposed to radiation during pediatric x-rays
August 30, 2012 -- Adult fingers from neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) staff were visualized on nearly half of x-ray images acquired at a Canadian hospital, and, in some cases, nurses might not be aware of their inadvertent radiation exposure, researchers have found.
MRI reliable for characterizing scrotal, testicular lesions
August 30, 2012 -- MRI can reliably detect, precisely localize, and accurately characterize scrotal lesions to advance treatment strategies and avoid unnecessary surgery for patients, enabling many to save their testicles, according to a study in the September issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Pitt. radiologists take back the night -- and reap the rewards
August 29, 2012 -- In 2007, University of Pittsburgh radiologists decided that using residents for overnight coverage of emergency department CT scans was a medical anachronism. Instead, they began offering after-hours subspecialty coverage themselves, and reported on their experience in the September issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Study finds frequent incidental findings at MDCT urography
August 29, 2012 -- Researchers at Rhode Island Hospital are finding more than urinary problems in their MDCT scans for patients with hematuria, according to a new study in the September issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
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