Mary's Musings: We are all imagers
September 30, 2016 -- What does medical imaging have to do with deep sea exploration? If your answer is "not much," then be sure to read this new column from Dr. Mary Morrison Saltz, who has just returned from a fascinating conference on new imaging technologies that span scientific disciplines.
ASTRO: PET predicts outcomes in vulvar cancer patients
September 30, 2016 -- PET scans performed three months after chemoradiation treatment for vulvar cancer can be valuable for predicting overall likelihood of survival as well as the risk of local and distant disease recurrence, according to a study presented on Monday at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) meeting in Boston.
Contrast use doesn't change acute kidney injury rate
September 29, 2016 -- The use of contrast media in x-ray and CT exams is probably less harmful to the kidneys than previously thought, and clinicians should reconsider the wisdom of withholding important imaging exams based on their use of contrast, even in individuals at risk, concludes a just-published study in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Tweets reveal women's perspectives on mammography
September 29, 2016 -- What aspect of mammography stands out most to women who undergo the procedure? A review of the social media platform Twitter produced some revealing insights, according to a new study published online September 19 in Academic Radiology.
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 6: Python script
September 29, 2016 -- Fresh off their successful first date, Ryan and Andy get ready to take the next step. But does Ryan go too far? Find out in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend.
Novel PET tracer helps diagnose concussed patients
September 28, 2016 -- A new PET tracer, F-18 T807, has shown efficacy for diagnosing concussion-related brain degeneration for the first time in a live subject, according to a proof-of-concept study published online September 27 in Translational Psychiatry.
Most hospitals follow pediatric nuclear medicine dose guidelines
September 28, 2016 -- A survey of more than 80 general hospitals that perform nuclear medicine scans on pediatric patients shows the vast majority adhere to radiation-reducing protocols promoted by Image Gently and the 2010 North American guidelines, according to research published in the September issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
ASTRO: Negative PET/CT doesn't always mean dormant NSCLC
September 27, 2016 -- BOSTON - Certain non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients with clinical stage T2 tumors may still need their disease staged invasively, even if they have a negative PET/CT scan, according to a study presented on Sunday at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) meeting.
Machine learning may aid reading of thyroid ultrasound
September 27, 2016 -- Can machine-learning techniques perform better than a radiologist in differentiating between malignant and thyroid nodules on ultrasound? It depends on the experience level of the radiologist, according to research published in the October issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
ASTRO: SBRT doubles survival in early-stage lung cancer
September 26, 2016 -- BOSTON - Patients with stage I non-small cell lung cancer who were treated with stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) had more than twice the survival of patients treated with conventional radiation therapy, according to a study presented on Sunday at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) meeting.