Pre-op MRI changes surgical plans for prostate cancer patients
January 24, 2012 -- The additional information provided by preoperative prostate MRI influenced the extent of surgery in 27% of patients who underwent robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy, according to a new study published online January 24 in Radiology.
AIM: Iodinated contrast use tied to thyroid abnormalities
January 23, 2012 -- Exposure to iodinated contrast media during imaging procedures is associated with changes in thyroid function and a higher risk of developing hyperthyroidism, researchers report in the January 23 Archives of Internal Medicine.
PACS app alerts radiologists of follow-up studies
January 23, 2012 -- Researchers are reporting their experiences with a PACS plug-in app that allows radiologists to automatically track whether follow-up imaging studies have been performed. The app opens the door for an expanded role in patient management -- and closer relationships with referring physicians.
Image artifacts degrade digital radiography performance
January 23, 2012 -- New forms of image artifacts can compromise the performance of digital radiography (DR) equipment, say researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, in the January issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology. The group described its experience with DR artifacts and how to correct for them.
ASCO: PET, PET/CT show broad utility in gastrointestinal cancer
January 20, 2012 -- SAN FRANCISCO - FDG-PET and PET/CT are critical imaging modalities in diagnosing and managing patients with gastrointestinal cancer, as demonstrated in several lines of research presented at this week's American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium.
Newspaper takes on Mo. university for radiology referrals
January 20, 2012 -- A Missouri newspaper is accusing University of Missouri Health Care of providing radiology services to patients without physician orders for those services. University officials, however, say the episode is simply an example of incomplete documentation for a small number of studies.
Matted lymph nodes portend poor prognosis in throat cancer
January 20, 2012 -- The identification of matted lymph nodes on a CT image does not bode well for throat cancer patients who are infected with the human papillomavirus. These patients have a significantly higher risk of their cancer spreading, an article published online January 13 in Head and Neck reports.
More Medicare beneficiaries getting breast cancer screening
January 19, 2012 -- Recent studies have documented a drop in mammography screening rates in the U.S., but the trend doesn't appear to extend to women in the Medicare system. These women experienced rising rates of screening mammography from 2004 to 2009, according to researchers from Thomas Jefferson University.
PACS market primed for double-digit growth
January 19, 2012 -- The global PACS market generated $2.8 billion U.S. (2.1 billion euros) in revenues in 2010, and it is expected to grow at a 10% compound annual growth rate to reach approximately $5.4 billion (4.2 billion euros) by 2017, according to a new report from market research firm GlobalData.
Study validates prone-supine registration algorithm for VC
January 18, 2012 -- Researchers at University College London and software developer Medicsight have validated and improved a technique that automatically registers prone and supine images on virtual colonoscopy. They believe the algorithm, developed by Medicsight, is robust enough for daily clinical use.
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