GE taps interest in ABUS with U-Systems acquisition
November 9, 2012 -- You know you're onto something when the big boys come calling. GE Healthcare has announced its acquisition of automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) developer U-Systems, a move that highlights the rapid evolution of ABUS from a niche technology into a promising adjunct to screening mammography.
Hopeful VC symposium attendees set plans
November 9, 2012 -- After nearly two decades of promoting a colorectal cancer screening exam they believe is a better test than optical colonoscopy, virtual colonoscopy advocates have no illusions about the difficulties that have impeded their efforts to secure reimbursement for screening. But lately they're more hopeful of a real breakthrough.
PET volume, glycolytic activity predict NSCLC local recurrence
November 9, 2012 -- By characterizing non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) tumors through glycolytic activity and FDG-PET volume after stereotactic body radiation therapy, clinicians may be able to detect which tumors are likely to recur, according to a study presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology meeting.
Speech recognition systems could detect signs of user stress
November 9, 2012 -- Many radiologists feel that speech recognition dictation systems -- one of the cornerstones of digital efficiency -- were thrust upon them. While the systems had the potential to dramatically reduce radiology report turnaround time and operating costs, their use has been burdensome to many radiologists by decreasing their productivity.
Social networking gaffes can jeopardize residency applications
November 8, 2012 -- What you post on social media can hurt you, especially if you're applying for a residency or physician training program, according to a new BMJ study that surveyed personnel in charge of reviewing applications from potential medical residents and students.
Admins hopeful about profit growth; Medicare, not so much
November 8, 2012 -- Radiology administrators are optimistic that in the coming months their facilities will grow and operating and staff costs will remain constant. But they remain less confident about Medicare reimbursement for diagnostic and interventional imaging, according to fourth-quarter 2012 data from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index.
Facility-wide program cuts CT dose by up to 90%
November 7, 2012 -- A San Diego imaging center was able to reduce CT radiation dose by as much as 90% using a combination of dose reduction strategies with or without iterative reconstruction techniques, thus minimizing patient risk, researchers wrote in the November Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Antidepressant rinse reduces pain for cancer patients after RT
November 7, 2012 -- When used as a rinse, doxepin, a tricyclic antidepressant, reduces oral mucositis pain in patients who receive radiation therapy (RT) for head and neck cancer, according to research from the Mayo Clinic presented at the recent American Society for Radiation Oncology annual meeting.
Radiation concerns broaden beyond CT in ECRI 2013 hazards list
November 6, 2012 -- Medical imaging radiation once again made the list of the ECRI Institute's top 10 rankings of technology hazards for 2013. But this year, the nonprofit group expanded the category from just CT to include a broader range of imaging-related radiation hazards.
Drug aids sexual function of prostate cancer patients after RT
November 6, 2012 -- Sildenafil citrate improves overall sexual function of prostate cancer patients who received radiation therapy (RT), according to trial results presented by researchers from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center at the American Society for Radiation Oncology annual meeting.
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