Smoking reduces radiotherapy's effectiveness
March 14, 2012 -- Diehard smokers diagnosed with head and neck cancers need to be told that it's never too late to stop smoking, especially if they are about to begin radiation therapy for their smoking-induced disease, according to an article published online this month in Radiotherapy and Oncology.
MRI shows space travel's effect on astronauts' eyes and brains
March 13, 2012 -- Researchers using MRI have discovered optical abnormalities in the eyes and brains of 27 astronauts who spent prolonged time in space. The abnormalities are similar to defects found in cases of intracranial hypertension, according to a study published online March 13 in Radiology.
NCBC: Breast density legislation cause for celebration?
March 13, 2012 -- The issue of dense breast tissue has long been a contentious one. As proponents of density notification pursue a legislative agenda, breast care centers must ensure they don't alienate women by opposing such efforts, according to a talk at the National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC) meeting in Las Vegas.
ED physicians vary widely in use of head CT
March 13, 2012 -- Emergency department (ED) physicians vary widely in their ordering patterns for head CT scans of patients, according to a study in the American Journal of Medicine. Ordering rates varied by as much as 300% for patients who presented with atraumatic headache, even between ED physicians in the same institution.
ASTRO: Proton beam therapy shows promise
March 13, 2012 -- Proton beam therapy shows promise as a radiotherapy treatment for cancer, but more robust prospective trials are needed to determine the appropriate clinical setting for its use, according to an American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) task force.
Making Medicare affordable: The case for imaging management
March 12, 2012 -- When the Obama administration unveiled its 2013 budget last month, it proposed saving up to $5 billion in healthcare costs for Medicare and Medicaid, in part by requiring preauthorization for imaging services. In this op-ed piece, representatives from radiology benefits management firm American Imaging Management explain why that's a good idea.
NCBC: To thrive, breast centers must track quality
March 12, 2012 -- To remain viable in an environment of healthcare reform, breast care centers must track the quality of their services, according to a presentation given Sunday at the annual National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC) meeting in Las Vegas.
Humanitarian project brings imaging to the masses in India
March 9, 2012 -- A clinical mission to India sponsored by the American Society of Echocardiography demonstrated the power of medical imaging and teleradiology by enabling cardiologists around the world to rapidly diagnose heart disease among patients examined with ultrasound thousands of miles away.
Rad oncologists discuss infertility issues with young patients
March 9, 2012 -- Both radiation and medical oncologists are twice as likely as other cancer care specialists to discuss fertility preservation with young cancer patients before they start their treatments, according to a study published online in Practical Radiation Oncology.
New report shows radiation therapy volume remains stable
March 8, 2012 -- Radiation therapy treatment visit volume in 2010 in the U.S. appears to have bounced back to 2007 levels. Patients made 20.8 million treatment visits that year, after dips in the number of visits in 2008 and 2009, according to a report from market research firm IMV Medical Information Division.
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