South African radiology demonstrates its dynamism, vibrancy at ECR
March 10, 2013 -- VIENNA - It's dynamic, exciting, and evolving. That's how an engaging presenter opened her talk about the state of academic radiology training in South Africa at ECR 2013. The reality, as displayed in the lectures at Saturday's "ESR meets South Africa" session, certainly lived up to the promise.  Discuss
Including menopause as factor aids breast US performance
March 9, 2013 -- VIENNA - Menopause has an important influence on breast elasticity as measured by elasticity parameters, according to study results presented this week at ECR 2013. Taking this factor into consideration may help improve the diagnostic performance of breast sonoelastography, the researchers found.  Discuss
CMS reconsiders oncology PET tracer coverage limitations
March 8, 2013 -- As it had proposed in December, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has removed a national noncoverage determination for radiopharmaceuticals with oncology PET imaging. However, CMS was not swayed by lobbying efforts to also include cardiac and neurological applications in the decision.  Discuss
Airport security scanners carry some radiation risk
March 8, 2013 -- VIENNA - Airport security scanners are safe for individuals, but when their effects are considered collectively, there is still a risk of cancer developing due to the machines, ECR 2013 delegates learned at a standing-room-only session on Thursday afternoon.  Discuss
European experts urge caution on PET/MRI use
March 7, 2013 -- VIENNA - "Hold your horses" was the main message regarding PET/MRI at Thursday's ECR 2013 opening press conference. People may want to quickly adopt the fairly new technique, but Dr. Heinz-Peter Schlemmer of the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg urged caution.  Discuss
HIMSS: Mobile devices raise thorny legal issues in healthcare
March 7, 2013 -- NEW ORLEANS - The use of mobile devices in healthcare environments offers unique security challenges, and institutions must implement and -- most importantly -- enforce policies regarding their use to mitigate legal risk, according to a Wednesday presentation at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting.  Discuss
HIMSS: Clinton sees healthcare IT as global game changer
March 6, 2013 -- NEW ORLEANS - Information technology is essential to the management of healthcare in the 21st century. It has the power to improve healthcare access and services worldwide for ordinary people, former U.S. President Bill Clinton said on Wednesday in the keynote speech at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting.  Discuss
HIMSS: Cloud-based image sharing overcomes competitive barriers
March 6, 2013 -- NEW ORLEANS - A private cloud-based PACS has brought four competitive healthcare organizations together for the benefit of patients, while saving money in the process, according to a Tuesday presentation at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting.  Discuss
HIMSS: Patient portals don't succeed without provider nurturing
March 6, 2013 -- NEW ORLEANS - Electronic patient portals add a new dimension to provider-patient interaction, and they can fulfill meaningful use requirements. But just creating a patient portal doesn't mean it will be used, attendees learned at a Tuesday session of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting.  Discuss
Study shows decline in abnormal stress SPECT MPI
March 6, 2013 -- Over the past two decades, the frequency and severity of abnormal stress SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) studies have significantly decreased, with the prevalence of abnormal SPECT exams falling from 40.9% to 8.7%, researchers reported in the March 5 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.  Discuss
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