Mary's Musings: Radiologists must rule professional evaluation
April 7, 2014 -- Physician performance evaluation is moving from a nice-to-have option to a necessity, thanks to Joint Commission rules being adopted across the U.S. Dr. Mary Morrison Saltz believes this is a good time for radiologists to take control of the evaluation process -- before someone does it for them.
Stress cardiac MRI aids early emergency dept. evaluations
April 7, 2014 -- When performed within 12 hours of a patient coming to an emergency department with chest pain, adenosine stress cardiac MRI is valuable for the "safe, quick, and accurate" diagnosis of significant coronary artery disease, according to a study published in the April issue of Radiology.
CCTA shows that HIV patients have more noncalcified plaque
April 4, 2014 -- Patients with HIV infection are more prone to potentially dangerous noncalcified coronary plaque than similar uninfected individuals, according to a study that used coronary CT angiography (CCTA). Results were published in the April 1 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.
Residents do fine reading CT triple rule-out exams
April 4, 2014 -- Residents can safely perform triple rule-out CT exams when onsite or on-call subspecialty radiologists aren't available -- at least at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, SC -- according to a study presented at ECR 2014 in Vienna.
AIUM: Study finds women with dense breasts often skip US
April 3, 2014 -- LAS VEGAS - A new study found that fewer than 2% of women informed that they had dense breast tissue returned for follow-up exams with ultrasound, according to a talk at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) meeting. The study raises questions about the effectiveness of breast density laws in improving screening.
Cautious optimism as nuclear medicine residents reflect on jobs
April 3, 2014 -- For part 2 of our series on the job market for nuclear medicine residents, AuntMinnie.com spoke with residents and educators about job prospects in the discipline. While all agreed that things seem dire now, most believe that nuclear medicine residents can make themselves more marketable and should be optimistic about the future.
JAMA article attempts to clear mammography confusion
April 2, 2014 -- A new literature review published in the April issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association tries to clear the confusion of the breast screening debate by summarizing what is known about the benefits and risks of mammography. The authors hope the information will help women make more informed choices about breast screening.
Digital mammography causes less 'harm' than film-screen
April 2, 2014 -- Screening for breast cancer with digital rather than film-screen mammography lowers recall and biopsy rates, suggesting that the technology causes less "harm" to women and the healthcare system in the form of overdiagnosis or unnecessary biopsies, according to a new study published online April 1 in Radiology.
Long-term fix dead, Senate passes 1-year SGR patch
April 1, 2014 -- With hopes dashed for a permanent fix, on March 31 the U.S. Senate, by a vote of 64 to 35, cleared legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives to implement a 13-month patch to stave off cuts mandated by the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, set to go into effect April 1.
PiB-PET shows link between arterial stiffness and beta amyloid
April 1, 2014 -- PET scans with Pittsburgh Compound B (PiB) showed a dramatic increase in brain beta-amyloid deposits in older adults with no signs of dementia, and there was also a strong association between arterial stiffness and beta amyloid, according to a study published online March 31 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.