Imaging experts mull over color challenges
May 28, 2013 -- Color images are technically difficult to deal with, creating a thorny issue that's growing as PACS broadens from radiology and cardiology to include other specialties that use color-heavy images. Medical informatics expert Dr. David Clunie discusses a recent meeting designed to provide a framework for handling color.
Clear scanner protocols can help avoid CT radiation mistakes
May 27, 2013 -- CT protocols are getting more complex with each new scanner generation, challenging even the best-run radiology departments. Fortunately, a comprehensive protocol plan can minimize the fuss -- and the potential for dangerous mistakes, according to a talk at the Virtual Symposium on Radiation Safety and Computed Tomography.
Decision-support tool slashes inappropriate heart imaging
May 24, 2013 -- The use of physician decision-support software based on appropriateness criteria eliminated three-fourths of inappropriate imaging exams for evaluating coronary artery disease, according to a study published online May 21 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
CAD for breast MRI improves sensitivity; accuracy not so much
May 24, 2013 -- Computer-aided detection (CAD) technology improves sensitivity in breast MRI for both experienced and novice readers, but it does not significantly advance overall accuracy, according to a study published in the June issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
NLST update: CT sees twice the lung cancers of x-ray
May 23, 2013 -- A new analysis of data from the landmark 2011 National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) found that low-dose CT detected twice as many early-stage lung cancers as x-ray on initial screening, cementing CT's promise as a tool that can reduce lung cancer mortality by 20% or more, according to results published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
RBMA: To thrive, imaging groups must dare to be different
May 23, 2013 -- Radiology practices face serious challenges in their efforts to be the preferred imaging choice in their markets, especially because the field is so crowded, according to a May 22 presentation at the Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) meeting in Colorado Springs, CO. The key to survival? Truly distinguishing your group from other providers.
BMJ: Megastudy links pediatric CT to higher cancer rates
May 23, 2013 -- The largest study to probe the effects of ionizing radiation since the atomic bomb survivor studies shows that cancer incidence does rise among younger patients -- although only in small amounts -- in the years following their exposure to CT scans, according to an Australian article published May 21 in BMJ.
SalaryScan data reveal gender gap between U.S. radiologists
May 22, 2013 -- Male radiologists make an average of 20% more than female radiologists in the U.S., according to new salary data from AuntMinnie.com. While the salary advantage for men is in line with the U.S. average for all professions, it could reinforce the perception that radiology is an unfriendly career choice for women.
AJR: DBT reduces screening recall rates by 37%
May 22, 2013 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) when used as a screening tool for breast cancer reduces recall rates by 37% and increases the detection of invasive cancers by 54%, according to a new study published online May 22 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Chinese MRI researchers arrested on conspiracy, bribery charges
May 21, 2013 -- Federal authorities have arrested Chinese researchers who worked on MRI technology at NYU Langone Medical Center for allegedly acquiring research money from the U.S. government and then sharing technological information with a Chinese company and government-sponsored research institute in China.