Senate passes another SGR cut delay January 1, 2013 -- As part of legislation that would raise tax rates on the wealthy, the U.S. Senate voted to delay for one year the implementation of the Medicare physician payment formula, averting a 27% cut in physician payments that was scheduled to begin January 1.
Rad therapy doesn't help survival for stage I endometrial cancer December 31, 2012 -- A Cochrane update evaluating radiation therapy for stage I endometrial cancer patients has again concluded that the treatment doesn't affect survival outcomes. But its findings, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, sparked some controversy.
NIH study: Cancer screening rates fall over decade December 28, 2012 -- Cancer survivors on the lookout for secondary tumors maintained their traditionally high screening rates, but screening compliance by almost everyone else has declined over the past decade, according to a report published online December 27 in Frontiers in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention.
Tomo plus FFDM reduces recall rates by more than a third December 28, 2012 -- Adding tomosynthesis to full-field digital mammography (FFDM) can reduce recall rates in a routine screening population by more than a third -- in addition to finding more cancers, according to research presented at the recent RSNA 2012 meeting.
MRI helpful but not perfect for evaluating pancreatic cancer December 27, 2012 -- Understanding how contrast-enhanced MRI underestimates tumor size compared to pathologic specimens may allow more precise assessment of tumor volume prior to radiation therapy for pancreatic cancer, according to researchers from Emory University.
Physicians prefer phone/fax over email for nonurgent alerts December 27, 2012 -- A low-cost, low-tech centralized radiology notification system to convey nonurgent significant findings and amended reports is working well for both radiologists and physicians affiliated with a large teaching hospital in Sydney.
iPad, motion-sensing devices aid interventional image review December 26, 2012 -- Microsoft's Kinect motion-sensing technology, Apple's iPad, and a motion-sensing device similar to those used in gaming consoles could all be used to review real-time intraoperative images in the interventional radiology suite, according to research from the University of California, San Diego.
C-11 choline PET/MRI helps restage prostate cancer patients December 26, 2012 -- A preliminary study by German researchers suggests that carbon-11 (C-11) choline PET/MRI may provide an alternative imaging modality to PET/CT for restaging of prostate cancer by offering equal, if not better, diagnostic performance and less radiation exposure.
FDG-PET/CT shines in assessing distant cancers December 21, 2012 -- Whole-body FDG-PET/CT offers "excellent diagnostic performance" in the assessment of distant malignancies in patients with head and neck, breast, and lung cancers, according to a new study in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
Are radiologists entrepreneurial? Not so much December 21, 2012 -- For years, radiology has been among the higher-earning physician specialties, and radiologists have often been thought of as entrepreneurial. But how close is this perception to reality? Researchers from Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals discussed the topic at the RSNA 2012 meeting.