ED trumps hospital inpatient as source for imaging referrals
May 7, 2013 -- Today's radiologists are reading more imaging exams from emergency departments (ED) and fewer from hospital inpatient departments than radiologists 10 years ago, according to a new study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
CAD, bone suppression find more lung nodules on chest x-ray
May 7, 2013 -- At the cost of more false positives, the combination of computer-aided detection (CAD) and electronic bone suppression can help radiologists improve detection rates for pulmonary nodules on chest radiographs, according to research published in the May issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Health Affairs: Healthcare slowdown is saving U.S. money
May 6, 2013 -- The recent slowdown in the growth of healthcare costs in the U.S. could be a sign of long-term trends rather than a result of the recession, according to a new research paper in Health Affairs. If the hypothesis is correct, it could mean that the U.S. could save as much as $770 billion in Medicare spending over the next 10 years.
AATS: Low-dose CT outruns x-ray for lung cancer surveillance
May 6, 2013 -- In a study of more than 300 patients undergoing surveillance after lung cancer surgery, ultralow-dose CT far outperformed chest radiography for detecting cancer recurrence, concluded a study presented this week at the 2013 American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) meeting in Minneapolis.
C-11 acetate PET/CT helps patients before prostatectomy
May 6, 2013 -- PET/CT with carbon-11 (C-11) acetate is better at detecting lymph-node metastasis among patients planning for or completing radical prostatectomy than conventional imaging, and it can help predict treatment efficacy and survival, according to a study published in the May Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
Breast MRI changes cancer treatment in many women over 60
May 3, 2013 -- A new study led by Dr. Stamatia Destounis found that women older than 60 years saw changes to their initial cancer treatment plan approximately 50% of the time after undergoing MRI to determine the extent of disease.
Study finds Canadian radiology training plagued by 'isolationism'
May 3, 2013 -- A hidden culture of isolationism rules too many Canadian radiology training facilities, according to a new study in the European Journal of Radiology. Researchers found that four of the five academic centers surveyed were plagued by attitudes that negatively affected resident instruction.
JACR: Radiology 'citizenship' key to specialty's health
May 2, 2013 -- Saying it's time for radiologists to give back, a new article in the Journal of the American College of Radiology calls on medical imaging professionals to recognize their responsibility to protect their specialty. The authors believe this concept of "citizenship" is key to defending radiology against future threats.
Weeds, trees, or forest: What's your PACS admin level?
May 2, 2013 -- If you're a Certified Imaging Informatics Professional managing your facility's PACS, chances are you're either down in the weeds, up in the trees, or out in the forest, according to a presentation at the recent Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine regional meeting in Philadelphia.
The 8 RIS innovations you need now
May 2, 2013 -- The radiology information system was one of the first digital software tools available in medical imaging. But as the rest of healthcare moves into the digital age, the good old RIS is looking long in the tooth. Here are eight innovations to keep your RIS up to date.
Residents and fellows meet in DC this weekend
May 2, 2013 -- This weekend's Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) meeting in Washington, DC, offers two days of focused content for radiology trainees, including an RFS first: dual content tracks for first-time and repeat attendees. Best of all, it's free for residents and fellows.
Curved MIPs aid detection of thin intracranial hematomas
May 1, 2013 -- An advanced visualization technique utilizing curved maximum intensity projections (MIPs) that parallel the inner table of the skull may be able to significantly improve sensitivity for detecting thin epidural and subdural hematomas, according to an Austrian article published in Radiology.
ABIM: Board recalls threaten integrity of medicine
April 30, 2013 -- Stung by its own board recall controversy, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) has joined the chorus of U.S. medical boards opposing the use of exam "recalls" to prepare for board exams. A new article in Mayo Clinic Proceedings condemns recalls as a practice that threatens the integrity of medicine.