Novel breast MRI technique could reduce biopsy rate
September 30, 2015 -- A shorter noncontrast-enhanced breast MRI protocol might help reduce the number of unnecessary biopsies by gathering additional information about suspicious lesions found on screening mammography while cutting scanning times, according to a new study published online September 29 in Radiology.
ACP: Routine CT for suspected PE is unnecessary
September 29, 2015 -- CT should not be used routinely to evaluate patients with suspected pulmonary embolism (PE); instead, they should be evaluated using clinical guidelines, according to a September 29 paper in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Using CT too soon results in unnecessary harm and expense, concludes the American College of Physicians (ACP) report.
Study raises new doubts about value of breast CAD
September 28, 2015 -- Radiologists who used computer-aided detection (CAD) software to read screening mammography exams had no better accuracy than those who didn't, according to a new study published online Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine. The findings are the latest to cast doubt on the value of breast CAD.
3D models put pediatric hearts in surgeons' hands
September 28, 2015 -- Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston Children's Hospital have developed an automated software method for converting 3D MRI scans of a pediatric patient's heart into a tangible model that surgeons can use to plan operations.
ASCO BCS: Breast MRI useful for average-risk women, too
September 25, 2015 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Breast MRI is used as an adjunct to mammography for screening women at high risk of breast cancer, but could it be used in average-risk women as well to find cancer earlier? The answer is a resounding yes, according to research presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's annual Breast Cancer Symposium (ASCO BCS).
CTC cheaper than colonoscopy for Medicare patients
September 25, 2015 -- Screening CT colonography (CTC) is almost a third less expensive than colonoscopy in Medicare patients, according to a new report in Abdominal Imaging. The results are promising for what advocates hope is imminent approval of Medicare payment for the CT-based test.
Does preoperative breast MRI really benefit patients?
September 24, 2015 -- Breast MRI is a sensitive modality that finds cancers mammography or ultrasound can miss. But when it's used preoperatively in women who have already been diagnosed, it may cause more trouble than it's worth -- such as longer wait times for surgery and unnecessary mastectomies, according to a new study published in JAMA Oncology.
Study: Emergency patients get duplicate x-ray, CT exams
September 24, 2015 -- If Domino's can track pizzas from order through delivery, why can't we keep better track of patients? That's the question raised by a new study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology that found that many emergency patients got duplicate x-ray and CT exams because doctors weren't sure if their initial orders had been completed.
Tackling medicolegal concerns in PACS: Part 2
September 23, 2015 -- To keep or not to keep? The question of whether or not to retain the markings produced by mammography computer-aided detection software to highlight suspicious findings could have important medicolegal implications, according to Dr. Eliot Siegel.
Tackling medicolegal concerns in PACS: Part 1
September 22, 2015 -- NEW YORK CITY - Who really "owns" medical images? And why isn't image compression used more often? These are a few of the questions addressed by Dr. Eliot Siegel in a talk on Monday at the New York Medical Imaging Informatics Symposium, which we're covering in a two-part series on medicolegal concerns in PACS.