ESGAR publishes consensus statement on CT colonography October 15, 2012 -- The European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (ESGAR) has published its first update on CT colonography (CTC) guidelines since 2007. Its working group on CTC has endorsed 86 statements, reaching near-complete agreement on 71 of the 86 items relating to critical practice areas affecting CTC.
Virtual reality simulator aids neophyte neurosurgeons October 12, 2012 -- Canadian researchers have developed a virtual reality simulator that makes use of 3D image reconstructions and haptic technology to enable neurosurgery trainees to simulate and practice brain cancer surgery.
Coronary calcium found on CT packs extra peril for smokers October 11, 2012 -- According to an analysis of more than 44,000 subjects over five years, smokers with coronary artery calcium (CAC) had higher mortality rates than smokers without CAC. But an absence of CAC didn't help smokers much, as they still had mortality similar to nonsmokers with mild to moderate atherosclerosis, researchers wrote in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging.
Start-up Densitas fine-tunes breast density detection software October 11, 2012 -- As the breast density notification movement gains momentum across North America, a Canadian start-up called Densitas is putting its money into technology that will automate breast density measurement. The hope is that the software will both free up radiologists' time and standardize breast density reporting.
Challenges remain for Gamma Medica after bankruptcy filing October 10, 2012 -- The clock is now ticking for molecular breast imaging (MBI) developer Gamma Medica, which has three months to find additional financing or reorganize itself after a bankruptcy court approved a temporary financing plan last week. The outcome could impact the nascent market for MBI technology.
ClearData, HP eye cloud-based VNA market October 10, 2012 -- The burgeoning market for cloud-based vendor-neutral archives (VNA) has drawn another participant with a computing giant as a partner. With the help of HP, healthcare cloud computing services provider ClearData Networks is launching a cloud-based package for vendor-neutral archiving of medical images.
Study finds EHRs improve care in ambulatory care practices October 10, 2012 -- Use of electronic health records (EHRs) by physicians with ambulatory care practices in New York's Hudson Valley improved patient care compared with those who used paper records, according to a study published online October 3 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
Canadian C-spine rule rules, but may not cut imaging October 9, 2012 -- The Canadian C-spine rule is more accurate for diagnosing cervical spine injuries than another common rule addressing the injury, according to a new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Novel CT analysis tool refines COPD diagnosis October 9, 2012 -- A new image analysis technique for chest CT scans could have a big effect on the diagnosis and treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a new study in Nature Medicine.
New cardiac MRI technique identifies early-stage heart disease October 9, 2012 -- By using a new MRI technique to measure the wall thickness of coronary arteries, researchers from the U.S. National Institutes of Health may be able to identify coronary heart disease early in its progression, according to a study published October 9 in Radiology.