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 12-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.
AIUM: Collaboration drives musculoskeletal ultrasound
April 1, 2014 -- LAS VEGAS - Musculoskeletal ultrasound has had a turbulent history, with periods of overutilization and turf battles that continue to this day. But the modality continues to flourish thanks to collaboration, according to a presentation at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) annual meeting.
NLST data show lung cancer screening is ready
April 1, 2014 -- Myriad details remain to be ironed out, but the massive National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) has all the evidence it needs to recommend CT lung cancer screening for long-term smokers, according to a presentation by principal NLST investigator Dr. Denise Aberle at ECR 2014.
AIUM: Ultrasound helps U.S. Olympic athletes get back into action
March 31, 2014 -- LAS VEGAS - U.S. short-track speed skater J.R. Celski seemed unlikely to compete at the 2010 Winter Games five months after his skate sliced into his thigh after a fall in a race. Thanks in part to ultrasound, however, Celski made it to Vancouver and won two bronze medals, according to a talk at this week's American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) meeting.