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Contrast CT, PET/CT assess cancer therapy for melanoma
January 11, 2012 -- Dynamic contrast-enhanced CT and FDG-PET/CT can provide additional information to evaluate and confirm how well melanoma patients respond to immune-modulated and antiangiogenic cancer therapy, according to researchers from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Quality control program boosts 3D lab performance
January 10, 2012 -- A quality control program can not only lower 3D image generation errors in 3D labs, it can also improve productivity, according to a study published in the January issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Breast, detector size mismatch leads to higher radiation dose
January 10, 2012 -- Using a full-field digital mammography system with small detectors to image women with large breasts can result in nearly 50% higher radiation dose compared to imaging women whose breasts are a better match for the detector, according to researchers from Boston.
Feds file $150M fraud case against Mich. imaging firm
January 9, 2012 -- The U.S. government has filed a $150 million complaint against a Michigan imaging company, charging it with allegedly violating federal Medicare rules requiring physician supervision of diagnostic tests, and with paying kickbacks to physicians for referrals.
CT shows link between statins and lung abnormalities in smokers
January 9, 2012 -- A study published January 6 in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine confirms earlier reports suggesting that statin use in current and former smokers is associated with interstitial lung abnormalities detected on CT scans.
Long-term cancer study raises controversial question
January 9, 2012 -- Which end point of a clinical trial comparing cancer treatments is more important: disease-free or long-term survival? This question and others were raised in an article and editorial published in the New England Journal of Medicine on the long-term outcomes of Hodgkin's lymphoma patients.
MRI of limited use in C-spine imaging of whiplash patients
January 9, 2012 -- Swiss researchers have concluded that 1.5-tesla MRI provides "only limited evidence" of specific changes to the cervical spine and surrounding tissues in patients with acute symptomatic whiplash injury, according to a study published online December 20 in Radiology.
Proton therapy effective for prostate cancer treatment
January 9, 2012 -- Early outcomes of men treated with proton therapy for prostate cancer suggest that it is a safe and effective treatment, according to two studies published in the January 1 issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics.
Radiology dominates ECRI list of healthcare tech issues
January 6, 2012 -- Topics related to either diagnostic or therapeutic use of radiation dominated a top 10 list of important hospital technology topics for 2012, published this week by nonprofit technology research firm ECRI Institute.
Study of DRA's impact paints a complex picture
January 6, 2012 -- The Deficit Reduction Act (DRA) took a meat cleaver to reimbursement at U.S. outpatient imaging facilities when it went into effect in 2006. DRA opponents predicted that the law would force private imaging centers to close, shift imaging to less-convenient hospital settings, and reduce access to seniors. But has that really happened?
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