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Software enables ultralow-dose CCTA in arrhythmia patients
February 9, 2010 -- A new algorithm enables patients with arrhythmias to undergo the kind of ultralow-dose coronary CT angiography (CCTA) imaging once reserved for those with regular heartbeats. The technique paves the way for low-dose scanning in a new population of patients with suspected coronary artery disease.
BJR: Prospective coronary CTA cuts cancer risk
February 9, 2010 -- The use of prospective gating in CT angiography (CTA) scans can dramatically reduce theoretical cancer risks associated with the heart exams -- by as much as 87% over retrospective gating -- according to a new study published online in the British Journal of Radiology.
CATCH rules accurately predict which kids need head CT
February 9, 2010 -- Canadian researchers have issued a new set of clinical rules for determining which injured children need head CT. They hope the new guidelines could help prevent unnecessary radiation exposure and costs associated with CT overuse, researchers said.
Congress sets hearing to review medical radiation
February 8, 2010 -- The recent spate of adverse incidents regarding medical radiation overdoses has prompted the U.S. House of Representatives to schedule hearings on the topic. Mother Nature may take precedence, however, as Washington, DC, awaits another snowstorm that may shut down the nation's capital for the second time in a week.
Editorial: Research flaws make USPSTF guidelines obsolete
February 8, 2010 -- Guidelines for mammography screening published by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) in November not only are based on flawed methodology, they also fail to address current breast imaging practice and data, making them obsolete, according to a critique published in this month's Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
Building a Better PACS: Part 5 -- Vendor-neutral archives
February 8, 2010 -- There has been a lot of discussion about archive schema, and especially vendor-neutral archives (VNA), in the past few years. Most of this has centered on the role of a VNA in radiology PACS, yet establishing a VNA for PACS is merely the tip of the iceberg for most information technology departments.
CMS cancels place-, date-of-service guidance
February 8, 2010 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has withdrawn a proposal it made in December that would have required physicians to report the specific date and place of service where the professional and technical components are provided, the agency said.
Italian rad oncologists go proactive to reduce adverse events
February 8, 2010 -- The recent series of articles in the New York Times on errors in radiation therapy has experts searching for better ways to prevent adverse events. Researchers from Italy may have found one solution by replacing the conventional "reactive" methods for risk management and quality assurance with a more proactive approach.
Settlement details released in $2.9M Colombini MRI suit
February 5, 2010 -- A New York court has released the details of a $2.9 million legal settlement received by the parents of a 6-year-old boy who was killed nine years ago when an oxygen canister was brought into the MRI suite where he was being scanned.
Editorial: CMS unfairly held VC to higher standard
February 5, 2010 -- When the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rejected reimbursement for screening virtual colonoscopy last May, it appeared to hold VC to a higher standard than other screening tests that are already approved, according to an editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
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