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?
JACR: Experts offer tips for minimizing pediatric CT dose
January 6, 2012 -- An article in the January issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology offers expert advice on radiation dose optimization techniques in pediatric CT. What's the most important step? Making sure a pediatric CT study is justified before it even begins, according to the authors.
Bracco to return CardioGen PET tracer to market in Q1
January 5, 2012 -- Contrast agent developer Bracco Diagnostics anticipates that shipments of its CardioGen-82 cardiac PET radiopharmaceutical will resume by the end of the first quarter, after the company voluntarily recalled the product six months ago.
Automated breast US finds more cancer than mammo alone
January 5, 2012 -- Automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) finds cancers in dense breast tissue that mammography alone would not, according to a recent study. The findings indicate that ABUS could have a role in a screening environment for women with dense breasts.
Cancer death rates continue 10-year decline in U.S.
January 4, 2012 -- Cancer incidence rates have held steady in the U.S., but cancer death rates declined slightly, according to a report released this week by the American Cancer Society. More than 1.6 million new cases of cancer are projected to occur in 2012, along with more than 575,000 deaths.
Open-source tool enables vendor-neutral CT dose archiving
January 4, 2012 -- Researchers in Boston have developed an automated radiation-exposure monitoring system that extracts detailed CT exposure data from image repositories. Thanks to optical character recognition software, the open-source software scheme can gather data from virtually any CT scanner model.
European, U.S. societies publish 3D echo guidelines
January 4, 2012 -- A joint committee of the European Association for Echocardiography and the American Society of Echocardiography has issued the first joint guidelines for image acquisition using 3D echocardiography.
MRI helps link silent strokes to memory loss
January 4, 2012 -- Research using MRI indicates that small areas of dead brain cells, or silent strokes, found in approximately one of four older adults are linked to memory loss later in life, according to a new study published in the January 3 issue of Neurology.
Gender, demographics influence risk of malpractice suits
January 3, 2012 -- Male radiologists are more likely to be sued than female radiologists, while those from Utah have the highest likelihood of being subjected to a malpractice claim of any U.S. state, according to a study presented at the recent RSNA 2011 meeting.
Functional MRI shows how marijuana affects brain processing
January 3, 2012 -- Functional MR images have revealed how different ingredients in marijuana appear to affect regions of the brain as it processes functions and responses to certain visual stimuli and tasks, according to a study in the January issue of Archives of General Psychiatry.
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