Synthetic 2D mammo gets thumbs up in screening role August 10, 2016 -- Synthetic 2D mammograms received the thumbs up for breast cancer screening from researchers at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in a July 28 article published in Radiology. They say the exams are good enough to replace conventional digital mammography studies as a complement to digital breast tomosynthesis.
MICI Q3: Rad administrator sentiment slips -- or does it? August 9, 2016 -- New numbers from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI) hint at a dip in optimism among radiology administrators leading into the third quarter of 2016. But organizers of the index caution that the numbers do not have the statistical significance to state definitively that sentiment is declining.
3D imaging helps diagnose 1.7-million-year-old cancer August 8, 2016 -- Cancer is often thought to be a product of modern times and lifestyles, but researchers have discovered what they believe is the earliest case of malignancy -- in a fossil from an early human ancestor who lived about 1.7 million years ago. The key to diagnosing this ancient cancer was advanced 3D imaging technology.
6 steps to getting a new CT scanner approved August 5, 2016 -- Do you need a CT scanner or other capital equipment for your radiology department, but aren't sure how to seal the deal? The road from recognizing a need to powering up that million-dollar machine can be long -- and strewn with potholes that only planning and preparation can fill, according to CT expert Dr. Geoffrey Rubin.
Can elastography help guide breast cancer treatment? August 5, 2016 -- Shear-wave elastography measurements of tumor stiffness can predict early on if breast cancer patients won't respond to neoadjuvant chemotherapy, enabling clinicians to quickly switch to a different treatment strategy, according to research published in the August issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.
HIMSS/SIIM paper offers advice on enterprise image viewers August 4, 2016 -- Interested in adopting an enterprise viewer for reviewing images in the electronic health record? There are some key issues to be aware of, according to a white paper jointly produced by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM).
PET/CT calcium scores reveal chemo's damage to the heart August 4, 2016 -- By comparing baseline and follow-up coronary calcium scores from PET/CT scans of lymphoma patients after chemotherapy, researchers say they can better follow the cancer treatment's debilitating impact on the heart, and perhaps get a better handle on possible cardiotoxicity.
Study finds signs of gadolinium retention in kids August 3, 2016 -- A new study published online July 28 in Radiology has disturbing news about gadolinium contrast retention. Colorado researchers found that pediatric patients given a linear gadolinium-based contrast agent had increased MR signal intensity in a certain region of the brain.
Lung abnormalities at CT linked to in-hospital death August 3, 2016 -- In critically ill patients, the presence of interstitial lung abnormalities detected on CT scans increases a patient's risk of dying in the hospital, concludes a recent study. But the modality can help by diagnosing more patients and identifying those at greater risk.
AHRA: 6 ways to prepare for a Joint Commission visit August 2, 2016 -- It's been a year since the Joint Commission published new accreditation standards that outlined a higher level of scrutiny for CT, MR, and nuclear medicine/PET imaging. In that time, facilities have gathered experience that can help other sites prepare, according to a presentation given at this week's AHRA 2016 meeting.