Use criteria cut unnecessary heart interventions
November 9, 2015 -- Appropriate use criteria for coronary revascularization have been effective in reducing the number of inappropriate percutaneous coronary interventions performed, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
fMRI connects fitness and brain health in older adults
November 9, 2015 -- Researchers using functional MRI (fMRI) have determined that the strength of connections between various parts of the brain in older adults may be affected by fitness level, according to a study published online in NeuroImage.
The price is wrong? Residents unclear on cost of imaging
November 6, 2015 -- Bob Barker might be horrified, but radiology trainees have limited knowledge of the costs of commonly performed imaging studies. The finding is bad news in a healthcare environment in which physicians are increasingly expected to help curb expenditures, according to a new study in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Breast ultrasound helps mammography find more cancer
November 5, 2015 -- Adding ultrasound to mammography screening detects more early invasive breast cancer and probably reduces mortality, according to a 4 November study in the journal Lancet. The Japanese trial is thought to be the first of its kind in a large, randomized, multicenter population with a focus on younger, average-risk women.
Medical groups rebel against meaningful use HIT program
November 5, 2015 -- The American Medical Association and 110 other medical associations have asked U.S. lawmakers to intervene in the meaningful use program before physicians decide to no longer participate in the initiative, designed to spur the adoption of healthcare IT.
Tips for implementing 3D printing at your hospital
November 4, 2015 -- Although 3D printing as a core service in healthcare is still in its infancy, many innovative institutions have been blazing a path. In this article, Todd Pietila of 3D software developer Materialise offers tips for starting a 3D printing service at your facility.
Use vascular indexes to exclude malignant breast masses
November 4, 2015 -- Using vascular indexes obtained via 3D power Doppler ultrasound can accurately characterize suspicious breast masses, and adding it to 2D ultrasound may reduce unnecessary biopsies, noted Turkish researchers in an article published online in the European Journal of Radiology.
Making a Difference as a Sonographer: Regeneration tips
November 3, 2015 -- In past articles, fitness coach Mark Roozen and echocardiographer Doug Wuebben have emphasized doing the right moves within an exercise program: By doing the right moves at the right times, you can live a pain-free life, they believe. In this installment, they offer recovery tips to achieve an all-around feeling of health and wellness.
Fla. judge tosses suit over transvaginal US scans
November 2, 2015 -- A lawsuit filed by former students at a college in Florida who claimed they were forced to perform transvaginal ultrasound scans on each other as part of their sonographer training has been thrown out by a federal judge.
DBT finds 54% more cancers than mammography
October 30, 2015 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) finds 54% more cancers than 2D mammography and reduces recall rates by almost 20%, according to a new study published in Radiology. Even better, the technology identifies lesions in dense breast tissue, which mammography tends to miss.