Simultaneous PET/MRI most accurate for image alignment
May 15, 2013 -- In a comparison of hybrid imaging modalities, simultaneous whole-body PET/MRI is more accurate than retrospectively fused PET and MR images in abdominal organs and better than PET/CT in the urinary bladder, according to a study published online May 8 in Radiology.
CCTA for chest pain cuts costs, admissions
May 14, 2013 -- One of the largest studies yet comparing medical resource use and outcomes among chest pain patients found that coronary CT angiography (CCTA) reduced medical resource utilization compared to standard care, generating fewer hospital admissions and shorter emergency room stays, researchers reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
CR mammography lags DR, film-screen in cancer detection
May 14, 2013 -- Canadian researchers performing mammography with a computed radiography (CR) system saw lower breast cancer detection rates compared to analog film-screen mammography or a system based on flat-panel digital radiography (DR). Results were published online May 14 in Radiology.
KLAS: Demand for breast tomosynthesis is increasing
May 14, 2013 -- The demand for digital breast tomosynthesis systems is increasing, according to a new report released on May 14 by market research firm KLAS. When imaging providers were asked which technology they would choose if they could start over, 62% said tomosynthesis.
Saudi Arabia makes big strides in healthcare IT
May 13, 2013 -- The recent Saudi Health meeting highlights the major investments the country is making in healthcare IT. But Western IT vendors must do a better job of adapting their software to local needs, according to radiology informatics expert Herman Oosterwijk of OTech.
Volumetric MR images boost cervical cancer treatment planning
May 13, 2013 -- Three-dimensional volumetric MR images of cervical disease yield a bounty of critical information, enabling precise planning of brachytherapy for residual tumors, according to researchers from St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix.
Specialized iPad toolkit wins over resident trainees
May 10, 2013 -- A free Apple iPad packed with four years of radiology residency content and connectivity is a hit -- shockingly -- among residents who use the device as their main learning tool throughout training, researchers report in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Adding dose, cost info to decision support sways exam ordering
May 10, 2013 -- Educating referring physicians about radiation dose and the cost of imaging exams can prompt as many as half of them to change their orders for imaging studies, according to a study published online in the journal Medical Care.
Study shows feasibility of cardiac PET/MRI -- with caveats
May 9, 2013 -- Cardiac FDG-PET/MRI is feasible on an integrated whole-body PET/MRI system, but the hybrid modality still must prove it adds clinical relevance to cases of ischemic heart disease, according to a study published online May 7 in Radiology.
California's breast density notification law -- 1 month in
May 9, 2013 -- It's been just over 30 days since California's version of breast density notification legislation went into effect. How is the law affecting clinical practice in the state's breast centers? Although they are complying, many breast imagers are skeptical of its value.
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