iPad brings change, implementation issues for image viewing
July 2, 2012 -- Mobile applications are changing the way that medical images are consumed, and as a result, institutions must navigate a number of key issues to successfully use tablet devices such as Apple's iPad, according to Dr. Carl Miller of Johns Hopkins University.
JNM: Imaging agents predict endocrine therapy response
July 2, 2012 -- Using PET/CT to image progesterone-receptor status may help identify response to endocrine therapy at an early stage and determine the most appropriate treatment for breast cancer patients, according to a preclinical study published in the July issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
VC again found effective in Medicare population
June 29, 2012 -- A study of more than 1,400 individuals screened with virtual colonoscopy found that the technique is effective in patients 65 years and older, researchers report in the July issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Hydration before contrast cuts CIN in high-risk patients
June 29, 2012 -- Even patients with advanced kidney disease can steer clear of contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) if given plenty of hydration, say researchers from the Netherlands. Results from the study of nearly 1,000 patients with stage 3 or 4 kidney disease were published in the June issue of Radiology.
Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act, individual mandate
June 28, 2012 -- By a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court today upheld the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, including the so-called individual mandate, which requires all Americans to obtain healthcare insurance.
Radiology job market: Is the future bright?
June 28, 2012 -- As imaging gets crunched between government efforts to cut healthcare costs and a vacillating U.S. economy, it can be hard to determine the state of the radiology job market. Its future health, however, may depend more on public relations, according to an article in the July issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Volumetric fMRI offers early tracking of cancer treatment
June 28, 2012 -- Volumetric functional MRI (fMRI) can reveal within a month whether chemotherapy is successfully killing tumor cells, long before liver or pancreatic tumors shrink or fail to shrink, according to two studies published in the July issue of Radiology.
Screening mammo use declines among women in 40s
June 27, 2012 -- Preventive mammography rates in women in their 40s have dropped nearly 6% since the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended against routine mammograms for women in this age group, according to a study presented this week at the AcademyHealth annual research meeting in Orlando, FL.
4D PET technique accounts for respiratory, cardiac motion
June 27, 2012 -- A new 4D PET reconstruction method can improve cardiac PET image resolution by compensating for both respiratory and cardiac motion, according to researchers from Tsinghua University in Beijing and Johns Hopkins University.
Lung nodule matching program may boost CT reading efficiency
June 27, 2012 -- An automated lung nodule matching program for CT studies can significantly improve diagnostic efficiency for radiologists, according to a study published in the July issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
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