CMS data show wide variations in CT, MR use across U.S. February 18, 2015 -- Newly available data from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) show that wide variations in the use of brain CT and lumbar MR imaging exist across the U.S., according to a study published online in Radiology. The findings could help policymakers tailor interventions to curb overuse among providers.
DTI-MRI shows muscle distress in marathon runners February 18, 2015 -- The marathon season is fast approaching, and people training to run those 26.2 miles will endure countless aches, pains, and muscle pulls. Dutch researchers are using diffusion-tensor MRI (DTI-MRI) to gain new insight into the toll that long-distance races take on the human body.
Making a Difference as a Sonographer: Foam rolling February 17, 2015 -- With the combination of a heavy work schedule and the physical demands of the job, many sonographers find that their bodies start to fall apart. To combat the resulting pain and fatigue from achy knees, stiff backs, and painful shoulders, you need to use recovery techniques proactively.
Ultrasound Doppler mode detects low-grade MSK inflammation February 17, 2015 -- A new Doppler ultrasound technique can provide better visualization of low-grade inflammation in joints and tendons than power Doppler ultrasound, yielding clinical information that often influences patient management, a team of U.K. researchers recently found.
Study finds decline in mammo rates after 2009 USPSTF change February 13, 2015 -- A new study published online February 9 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that mammography screening rates declined after the 2009 publication of controversial screening guidelines by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).
U.S. SPECT, PET radiopharma market shows promise amid challenges February 13, 2015 -- Advances in neurological and cardiac imaging are expected to fuel sales growth in the SPECT and PET radiopharmaceutical markets in the U.S. in the second half of the decade, according to a new market research report from Bio-Tech Systems.
MRI links concussions to brain damage in young hockey players February 13, 2015 -- A new University of Vermont study published in the February Journal of Pediatrics used MRI to connect concussions sustained by young ice hockey players with subtle changes in the outer layer of the brain that controls higher-level reasoning and behavior.
Study: 1 in 4 Saudis headed for heart attack February 13, 2015 -- Within the next 10 years, one-fourth of all adults in Saudi Arabia will have a heart attack, according to research presented at the Saudi Heart Association annual conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Mobile stroke unit with CT scanner speeds care in Cleveland February 12, 2015 -- A mobile stroke treatment unit with a CT scanner and medical personnel aboard is dramatically cutting time-to-treatment decisions for Cleveland stroke patients. Clot-busting drugs were provided in nearly half the usual time, according to a study presented at this week's 2015 International Stroke Conference.
NEJM: Are breast density notification laws actually helpful? February 12, 2015 -- Twenty-one states have passed laws requiring women to be notified if their breast tissue is dense on mammography. But are the laws actually helpful? It's unclear, according to a perspective article published in the February 12 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
How interventional radiologists can make childbirth safer February 12, 2015 -- Traumatic vaginal deliveries, cesarean sections, and invasive placenta conditions can result in excessive bleeding and hysterectomy, and may be life-threatening for women, but innovative interventional radiology treatments are making childbirth safer.
Nuclear medicine physicians must change to survive February 11, 2015 -- While nuclear medicine is not in imminent danger of extinction, it may need to reinvent itself for the future, according to the president of the British Nuclear Medicine Society. In particular, nuclear medicine physicians need to shed their self-image as purely imaging-based physicians to become more involved in clinical areas.
Koning positions breast CT scanner as 1-stop diagnostic shop February 11, 2015 -- With approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration now in hand for its breast CT scanner, Koning plans to market the 3D system as the ultimate one-stop diagnostic workup tool. Breast screening applications will have to wait, however, pending further study.
Lung-RADS cuts false positives in CT lung screening -- at a price February 10, 2015 -- The Lung-RADS classification system for dealing with suspicious findings on CT lung cancer screening exams may be a double-edged sword, reducing false positives but also sensitivity, according to a new study published February 10 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
High cost tempers value of PET/MRI for cardiac lesions February 10, 2015 -- The ability of FDG-PET/MRI to detail morphology and assess malignancy makes it a "powerful tool" for the diagnostic workup of cardiac tumors, but it should be used judiciously because of its high cost and limited availability, according to a new study from Germany in the February Journal of Nuclear Medicine.