Confused about cybersecurity? Resources are here to help
June 8, 2012 -- As the healthcare industry ramps up its adoption of electronic health records, and radiologists increasingly add mobile devices and cloud archiving to their digital mix, questions about the security of digital data should escalate. Just how safe and impenetrable are imaging data?
SIIM: Millennial Generation eyes future of medical imaging
June 7, 2012 -- ORLANDO, FL - The Millennial Generation has brought us Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. What if that same vision were applied to imaging informatics? That question was explored this morning in the opening session of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting.
Backers of CT screening slam new lung cancer guidelines: Part 2
June 7, 2012 -- Are last month's guidelines on CT lung screening too conservative? is exploring that question in a two-part series that examines the science and politics of CT screening. In part 2, we examine what happens to those who fall outside the new screening criteria, as well who might be opposed to performing CT lung scans.
Study finds new imaging protocol cuts MBI dose by over half
June 7, 2012 -- Mayo Clinic researchers have developed a modified protocol for low-dose molecular breast imaging (MBI) that cuts radiation dose by more than half. They have also developed an experimental technique that reduces dose to as little as 20% of what's currently used, according to two studies in the June issue of Medical Physics.
Lancet: Pediatric CT may triple risk of leukemia, brain cancer
June 6, 2012 -- Radiation exposure from two or three head CT scans in childhood can triple the risk of developing brain cancer, while five to 10 such scans may triple the risk of developing leukemia, according to a major study published online June 7 in Lancet.
Backers of CT screening slam new lung cancer guidelines: Part 1
June 6, 2012 -- Are last month's guidelines on CT lung screening too conservative? That's the contention of a number of CT screening advocates, who believe that restricting the technology to high-risk individuals means thousands of current and former smokers could die of advanced disease that could have been detected earlier.
CT's growth rate slows, but users remain optimistic
June 5, 2012 -- The growth rate for CT procedure volume has slowed markedly from the double-digit pace of a decade ago, but use of the modality is still growing, and CT users are generally optimistic, according to a new market research report from IMV Medical Information Division.
Delayed diagnosis most common complaint in breast imaging suits
June 5, 2012 -- Delay in diagnosis is the most common complaint in breast imaging malpractice litigation, say London researchers in the July issue of Clinical Radiology. Breast microcalcification is the most often missed mammographic sign, according to the group.
fMRI links poststroke depression to brain's resting state
June 5, 2012 -- Functional MRI (fMRI) has found a strong association between depression in stroke patients and functional impairment when the brain is in a resting state, according to a study published online June 5 in Radiology. The discovery could lead to better treatment for these individuals.
Radiologists leave Univ. of Mo. after Medicare fraud inquiry
June 4, 2012 -- An internal investigation of possible Medicare fraud at the University of Missouri has resulted in two radiologists leaving the university and the dean of the school of medicine announcing his retirement. The radiologists are suspected of billing Medicare for imaging studies they never reviewed.
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