Top 5 trends from RSNA 2014 in Chicago December 11, 2014 -- With RSNA 2014 in the books, now is a good time to look back on the Chicago meeting to identify the major trends affecting radiology. Top stories circulating the halls of McCormick Place included the meeting's 100th anniversary, as well as CT lung cancer screening and the rise of enterprise imaging.
Use of short-course whole-breast irradiation after surgery increases December 11, 2014 -- The use of short-course whole-breast irradiation after breast-conserving surgery increased among women with early-stage breast cancer between 2008 and 2013, according to a study published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association. But its use still remains lower in the U.S. than in other countries.
Many referring physicians favor multimedia radiology reports December 10, 2014 -- Not only do referring physicians prefer interactive multimedia radiology reports over traditional text-based reports, they are more inclined to refer their patients to facilities that provide them, according to a poster presentation at last week's RSNA 2014 meeting in Chicago.
ACR asks CMS to revise CT lung cancer screening guidelines December 10, 2014 -- The American College of Radiology (ACR) is one of a group of organizations asking the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to revise its proposed guidelines for low-dose CT lung cancer screening to increase the number of individuals eligible for Medicare payment for the scans.
AIM: Breast density follow-up may not be cost-effective December 8, 2014 -- In what could be a blow to the growing breast density notification movement, a new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine has found that following up women with dense breast tissue using supplemental screening ultrasound results in only limited health gains and higher healthcare costs.
Coronary CTA plus stress MPI nails ischemia-causing lesions December 8, 2014 -- Combined dual-energy coronary CT angiography and CT myocardial perfusion imaging (CCTA-MPI) improves both the identification and discrimination of ischemia-causing coronary artery stenoses over CCTA alone, according to a Korean study presented at last week's RSNA meeting.
Radiation protection shielding drops dose for CT patients December 5, 2014 -- CHICAGO - Although cancers in the U.S. that may be attributable to radiation from CT are low -- estimates range from 1.5% to 2% -- patients still need to be shielded as much as possible, according to a presentation at the RSNA 2014 meeting. And with reusable, lead-free shields, it's not hard to do.
Patients prefer shorter, less-complex radiology reports December 4, 2014 -- CHICAGO - Patients may be accessing their radiology reports more often through online patient portals, but do they understand what they're reading? Not very well, if research presented on Thursday at RSNA 2014 is any indication.
Spanish scoop top RSNA award for hip arthroplasty work December 4, 2014 -- Researchers from the Basque Country in Northern Spain received a top prize for their exhibit on hip arthroplasty on Wednesday at the RSNA 2014 meeting in Chicago. The four other European recipients of the prestigious Magna Cum Laude poster award were from France and the U.K.
Fatty liver disease occurs with risky plaque December 4, 2014 -- CHICAGO - People with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease are very likely to harbor high-risk atherosclerotic plaque as well, creating a double health hit that may have a common origin, researchers from Boston reported at RSNA 2014.
Not all tomo recalls benefit from mammography evaluation December 4, 2014 -- CHICAGO - Patients recalled from screening with full-field digital mammography plus digital breast tomosynthesis do not all benefit equally from additional mammography for diagnostic evaluation, according to a presentation given on Wednesday at RSNA 2014.
Most pediatric chest x-rays appear unnecessary December 4, 2014 -- CHICAGO - Most x-rays performed on children not experiencing chest pain may be unnecessary, concluded researchers from the Mayo Clinic, who presented their findings on Wednesday at RSNA 2014.