Wide-area CT delivers modest drop in pediatric dose
December 6, 2013 -- CHICAGO - Wide-area CT reduced torso radiation doses significantly in younger, smaller children, but the reductions were insignificant among larger and older patients, according to results of a study presented on Thursday at the RSNA meeting in Chicago.
The 2013 PACSman Awards: Coming out of the dark
December 5, 2013 -- CHICAGO - After a two-year hiatus, PACS consultant Michael J. Cannavo is back with his PACSman Awards, which take a light-hearted look at what the many vendors had to offer at this week's RSNA 2013 show.
Calcium scores rise and fall based on scanner vendor
December 3, 2013 -- CHICAGO - What's your coronary calcium score? The answer may well depend on who made your CT scanner, according to a Monday session at RSNA 2013. Dutch researchers who scanned cadaver hearts were surprised to see up to a 25% difference in scores, depending on which scanner was reporting the results.
MRI technique shows how energy drinks alter heart function
December 2, 2013 -- CHICAGO - Using a novel cardiac MRI technique, German researchers found significantly increased heart contraction rates in the left ventricle of healthy young adults one hour after they consumed energy drinks, in a study presented on Monday at the RSNA annual meeting.
Patients must know your name, RSNA president urges
December 1, 2013 -- CHICAGO - Patients should be actively encouraged to know the names of their radiologists, and patient-driven care must become a vital part of radiologists' culture, however strange it may seem to them, RSNA 2013 delegates heard during the presidential address at Sunday's opening session.
Breast density advocate Cappello tells her story in JACR
December 1, 2013 -- The driving force behind the breast density notification movement -- Nancy Cappello, PhD -- tells her side of the story in the December issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology. In the piece, she rebuts many of the arguments made by critics of mandatory density notification.
Not much to be thankful for in final 2014 MPFS, OPPS rules
November 29, 2013 -- There's not a lot for medical imaging to be thankful for in the new Medicare payment rates for 2014. On November 27, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revealed its estimate of next year's physician payment cut under the sustainable growth rate formula.
Study finds positive radiation dose trends in Iran
November 28, 2013 -- A study of occupational radiation dose and errors in film badge use by CT staff at a university hospital in Iran found that radiation exposure remained low and errors declined over a 20-year period, despite an annual increase in the number of patients undergoing scans.