Qigong has benefits for breast cancer patients
January 25, 2013 -- Qigong, an ancient Chinese mind-body practice, reduces symptoms of depression and improves quality of life in women undergoing radiation therapy for breast cancer, according to a study published online January 25 in Cancer.
Bras aid positioning for large-breasted women during RT
January 25, 2013 -- Large-breasted women pose a challenge when radiation therapy (RT) for early-stage breast cancer is being planned and performed. Using a bra or bustier improves simulation and positioning in the supine position, according to an article published in the January issue of Practical Radiation Oncology.
DBT could replace mammo for evaluating noncalcified lesions
January 24, 2013 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) could replace conventional diagnostic mammography for further workup of noncalcified lesions found on screening mammography, according to a study published in the February issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
To certify or not to certify, that is the question
January 24, 2013 -- The recent buzz around the new Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise certification caused me to step back and think about the value of certification, and how it might affect -- and potentially better -- the implementation of healthcare imaging and information technology.
JACR: Cost awareness doesn't slow use of hospital imaging
January 23, 2013 -- Do referring physicians order fewer imaging tests if they know how much the scans cost? No, according to a new study by researchers from Johns Hopkins University that was published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
ACS: Risk of death from smoking spikes among women
January 23, 2013 -- Women's smoking habits have grown increasingly to resemble those of men, and as a result, today's women face a dramatically higher risk of death from lung cancer and chronic obstructive lung disease compared with female smokers 20 to 40 years ago, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS).
Automated software eases handling of patient CDs
January 23, 2013 -- With little need for human intervention or training, a commercially available software application can reliably import images from CDs into a PACS network, according to researchers from Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
Residency program directors (mostly) love their jobs, study finds
January 23, 2013 -- Job satisfaction runs fairly high among radiology residency program directors, but many complain about a lack of money, the intense workload, and the onerous requirements of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, according to a study in the February American Journal of Roentgenology.
FDDNP-PET shows toll of concussions on retired NFL players
January 22, 2013 -- For the first time, using the radiopharmaceutical FDDNP with PET, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles have identified abnormal tau proteins associated with repetitive head injury in five former professional football players, according to a study in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
Mary's Musings: Imaging management and the new paradigm
January 22, 2013 -- I had the nightmare of diagnosing my mother's terminal cancer myself, and she was dead within the week. This was after months of state-of-the-art care rendered by doctors at an esteemed academic medical center. How could this have happened in this millennium?
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