Challenges don't deter opening of ICR 2014 in Dubai
September 9, 2014 -- DUBAI - The International Congress of Radiology (ICR) opened today in what its organizers are billing as the largest-ever congress dedicated to radiology in the Arab world. Some 1,500 attendees registered on the first day and were treated to a wide range of opening lectures -- as well as balmy temperatures in the desert metropolis.
CT contrast not tied to poor outcomes, even in at-risk patients
September 9, 2014 -- The use of intravenous contrast before CT imaging is safe for most patients, according to a large study published online on Tuesday in Radiology. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, found no difference in complication rates between patients who received contrast and those who did not.
NLST: CT lung screening more effective for older smokers
September 8, 2014 -- A new analysis of data from the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) has found that CT lung cancer screening is more effective for older smokers than younger ones. The study, published online Tuesday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, is sure to shape the roiling debate over whether Medicare should pay for CT lung screening.
Global recruitment drive brings success in Gulf States
September 8, 2014 -- The Arab states of the Persian Gulf continue to seek and attract high numbers of expatriate radiologists to join their advanced and well-paid healthcare sector. However, radiology in the Arab Gulf has more to offer than just financial reward and a comfortable lifestyle, as many interventional radiologists are discovering.
Regulation should keep health IT safe without slowing innovation
September 8, 2014 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's proposal to revise its regulation of mobile medical apps reflects the rapidly changing world of medical software, according to Dr. David Hirschorn, who previews his upcoming presentation at the New York Medical Imaging Informatics Symposium on September 18.
ASCO: Personalized breast screening doesn't mean no screening
September 5, 2014 -- SAN FRANCISCO - The development of personalized breast screening protocols shouldn't result in more restrictive screening policies in which women are screened less frequently and at older ages, according to a talk by Dr. Stephen Feig at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Breast Cancer Symposium.
Interstate medical licenses move ahead
September 5, 2014 -- Physicians seeking to practice telemedicine in other states may soon find the licensure process much easier to navigate with the release on September 5 of model legislation that individual states can use to enact their own laws.
Elastography techniques help characterize breast lesions
September 5, 2014 -- Both strain elastography and shear-wave elastography can combine well with B-mode ultrasound to improve differentiation of malignant and benign breast lesions, South Korean researchers recently reported in Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.
Start-up advances MR-guided procedures with software platform
September 4, 2014 -- Wisconsin researchers are developing a new software platform that would allow surgeons to observe the brain in real-time on MRI during surgical and therapeutic drug interventions. The goal of their company, called InseRT MRI, is to develop customized MRI-guided minimally invasive procedures.
Making a Difference as a Sonographer: A face to the pain
September 4, 2014 -- In the latest installment of this series, echocardiographer Doug Wuebben shares the story of a sonographer who battled severe work-related injuries. Her story is all too familiar, but there are steps those in her shoes can take, according to Wuebben.