CT contrast not tied to poor outcomes, even in at-risk patients September 9, 2014 -- The use of intravenous contrast before CT imaging is safe for most patients, according to a large study published online on Tuesday in Radiology. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, found no difference in complication rates between patients who received contrast and those who did not.
NLST: CT lung screening more effective for older smokers September 8, 2014 -- A new analysis of data from the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) has found that CT lung cancer screening is more effective for older smokers than younger ones. The study, published online Tuesday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, is sure to shape the roiling debate over whether Medicare should pay for CT lung screening.
Global recruitment drive brings success in Gulf States September 8, 2014 -- The Arab states of the Persian Gulf continue to seek and attract high numbers of expatriate radiologists to join their advanced and well-paid healthcare sector. However, radiology in the Arab Gulf has more to offer than just financial reward and a comfortable lifestyle, as many interventional radiologists are discovering.
Regulation should keep health IT safe without slowing innovation September 8, 2014 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's proposal to revise its regulation of mobile medical apps reflects the rapidly changing world of medical software, according to Dr. David Hirschorn, who previews his upcoming presentation at the New York Medical Imaging Informatics Symposium on September 18.
ASCO: Personalized breast screening doesn't mean no screening September 5, 2014 -- SAN FRANCISCO - The development of personalized breast screening protocols shouldn't result in more restrictive screening policies in which women are screened less frequently and at older ages, according to a talk by Dr. Stephen Feig at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Breast Cancer Symposium.
Interstate medical licenses move ahead September 5, 2014 -- Physicians seeking to practice telemedicine in other states may soon find the licensure process much easier to navigate with the release on September 5 of model legislation that individual states can use to enact their own laws.
Elastography techniques help characterize breast lesions September 5, 2014 -- Both strain elastography and shear-wave elastography can combine well with B-mode ultrasound to improve differentiation of malignant and benign breast lesions, South Korean researchers recently reported in Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.
Start-up advances MR-guided procedures with software platform September 4, 2014 -- Wisconsin researchers are developing a new software platform that would allow surgeons to observe the brain in real-time on MRI during surgical and therapeutic drug interventions. The goal of their company, called InseRT MRI, is to develop customized MRI-guided minimally invasive procedures.
Making a Difference as a Sonographer: A face to the pain September 4, 2014 -- In the latest installment of this series, echocardiographer Doug Wuebben shares the story of a sonographer who battled severe work-related injuries. Her story is all too familiar, but there are steps those in her shoes can take, according to Wuebben.
GE to highlight unique features of SenoClaire DBT system September 4, 2014 -- While it's not the first company to have a digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) system on the U.S. market, GE Healthcare believes its SenoClaire has unique features that will differentiate it from the competition -- including lower radiation dose, a key factor in the debate over whether DBT should replace conventional mammography.
U.S. health spending eases in 2013, but set to grow again September 3, 2014 -- U.S. healthcare spending grew at a moderate rate of 3.6% in 2013, but spending will likely increase at a faster clip in years to come, outstripping growth in the gross domestic product, according to an analysis released on Wednesday by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Europeans balance pros and cons of relocating to Middle East September 3, 2014 -- Lucrative financial packages in the Gulf States, along with the prospect of a high-quality lifestyle, continue to attract radiologists to the Middle East, but there are trade-offs to be aware of when working in the region. Radiologists from Austria and Italy share their experiences and know-how.
Signed letters improve mammography screening compliance September 2, 2014 -- Canadian researchers found that the simple intervention of sending women a signed letter from their family physician boosted screening mammography return rates, according to a September 2 press conference held in advance of the annual American Society of Clinical Oncology Breast Cancer Symposium in San Francisco.
Study finds CT lung cancer screening highly cost-effective September 2, 2014 -- CT lung cancer screening is cost-effective in the Medicare-aged population, concludes a new study published in American Health and Drug Benefits that was tailored specifically to older individuals undergoing lung cancer screening with CT. Proponents of the exam hope it will add impetus to efforts to win Medicare reimbursement.
CAC best predicts heart disease in kidney patients September 2, 2014 -- Coronary artery calcium (CAC) as calculated from CT scans was by far the best predictor of cardiovascular disease in individuals with chronic kidney disease, just as it is in the population at large, concludes a new study in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.