Discrepancies trigger Ontario radiology peer-review program
December 11, 2013 -- Formal radiology peer review will be implemented across the province of Ontario after an 18.2% discrepancy rate was uncovered in an external review of images read by Ontario radiologist Dr. Ivo Slezic. The review's findings were released last week by Trillium Health Partners.
Top 5 trends from RSNA 2013 in Chicago
December 10, 2013 -- As it always does, this year's RSNA meeting in Chicago offered an invaluable glimpse of the major issues affecting radiology in 2013. Important trends in evidence this year at McCormick Place included questions about the future direction of radiology and the growing dominance of software over big iron.
Study finds overdiagnosis in CT lung screening
December 10, 2013 -- A new analysis of National Lung Screening Trial data has found that as many as one-fifth of all lung cancer diagnoses may represent overdiagnosis -- that is, detection of indolent or slow-growing lung cancers that may never have harmed the patient, according to a report in JAMA Internal Medicine.
SGR fix in the works as CBO again cuts price tag
December 10, 2013 -- The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) announced it has again cut its estimate for repealing the sustainable growth rate (SGR). The updated forecast may make it easier for Congress to pass SGR repeal legislation before it adjourns for the year on December 13.
Saudi hospital successfully implements IORT for breast cancer
December 9, 2013 -- Intraoperative radiation therapy for early-stage breast cancer was successfully implemented in a hospital in Saudi Arabia, spurring more installations in the region, according to a presentation by Dr. Yasir Bahadur at last week's RSNA meeting.
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.