Study: Lack of breast screening leads to more cancer deaths September 9, 2013 -- A new study published online September 9 in the journal Cancer has found that more than 70% of deaths from breast cancer in a group of more than 7,000 women occurred in individuals who did not receive regular screening mammograms. The findings indicate that breast screening saves lives -- particularly for women in their 40s, the researchers believe.
NEJM: Studies take aim at easing CT lung screening follow-up September 9, 2013 -- The results of two lung cancer screening studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine are good news for CT lung cancer screening, showing the ability to differentiate malignant from benign nodules for many patients before invasive biopsy procedures are considered.
FDA sets meeting to review CT colonography September 6, 2013 -- A virtual who's who of CT colonography (CTC) is en route to the Washington, DC, area for a September 9 joint committee meeting of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that will discuss the fate of CTC screening for asymptomatic individuals.
Proposed Medicare changes could affect breast biopsy September 6, 2013 -- Add breast biopsy procedures to the list of imaging tests that could be affected by new Medicare physician payment rates scheduled for 2014. Breast care advocates have weighed in against the proposed rates, charging that they could shift breast biopsies away from private-practice sites and into hospital settings.
ASCO BCS: Most women don't know their breast cancer risk September 5, 2013 -- Most women either under- or overestimate their lifetime risk for developing breast cancer, according to a study to be presented on September 7 at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2013 Breast Cancer Symposium (BCS) in San Francisco.
ABRF: What do patients really want to know before their scan? September 5, 2013 -- There's a lot of talk about patient safety in medical imaging and managing the risks of medical radiation. Both are important concerns, but are they what patients are most focused on when they undergo an exam? Perhaps not, according to a recent talk at the American Board of Radiology Foundation's (ABRF) national medical imaging summit in Bethesda, MD.
Bismuth-carrying nanotubes track stem cells in CT September 5, 2013 -- Texas researchers have succeeded in trapping bismuth in a nanotube cage, and the resultant structure could be used as a CT contrast agent to track stem cells, according to a new study in the Journal of Materials Chemistry B.
Software tool offers fast analysis of metastatic lesions September 4, 2013 -- A semiautomated lesion management application within PACS software can provide reliable, consistent, and speedy segmentation of metastatic lesions in serial CT examinations of cancer patients, according to research published in the September issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
MICI Q3: Medicare outlook still bedevils rad administrators September 3, 2013 -- Radiology administrators remained deeply concerned about future Medicare reimbursement rates, showing little confidence that they will receive adequate Medicare payments in the third quarter of 2013, according to data from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI).
Breast MRI boosts survival in high-risk women -- but at a price August 30, 2013 -- Screening MRI may improve survival rates for women with family risk factors for breast cancer. But the technology is expensive, especially for younger women, so finding screening alternatives may be beneficial, according to a new study published online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.