Nodule size matters in Italian CT lung cancer screening study
June 26, 2014 -- Italian researchers believe they have struck a good balance in CT lung cancer screening by following up suspicious nodules at a slightly larger size threshold than that used in previous studies. By only following up nodules 5 mm and larger rather than 4 mm, they achieved good sensitivity with fewer false positives, according to a new study in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology.
Radiologist pens medical thriller with genre-bending twist
June 25, 2014 -- Radiology residents having sex in the call room. A drug-addicted chief resident and corrupt administrators. Quenching MRI magnets. It's all in a day's work for Doctored Images, a new novel penned by a North Carolina radiologist that features a shocking twist: a radiologist as a crime-fighting good guy.
New volume-based criteria from NIH predict cancer survival
June 25, 2014 -- Tumor assessment criteria that account for both tumor density and volume more accurately reflect tumor burden, and they may improve treatment monitoring by predicting outcomes earlier than methods that rely only on tumor density, according to research from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH).
4-scan PET/MRI exams improve breast imaging
June 25, 2014 -- Austrian researchers added PET/CT to a package of three MRI sequences to create fused PET/MR images, which they found aided in the differentiation of suspicious breast lesions, according to a new study published online in Clinical Cancer Research.
JAMA: Adding tomo to mammography finds more cancer
June 24, 2014 -- Adding digital breast tomosynthesis to mammography screening boosts the detection of invasive cancer by more than a third compared to mammography alone while reducing the number of false positives by 15%, according to a study in the June 25 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Lung cancer screening of seniors: Should CMS regulate?
June 24, 2014 -- A just-published proposal in the Annals of Internal Medicine seeks to balance the benefits and harms of CT lung cancer screening by limiting the screening of Medicare beneficiaries to lung cancer screening centers that would be accredited based on still-evolving society-based guidelines.
USPSTF finalizes AAA screening recommendations
June 24, 2014 -- Adhering mostly to its draft statement published in January, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) included no big surprises in its new recommendations in favor of ultrasound screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs).
NJ officials: Luxury cars seized after imaging fraud bust
June 23, 2014 -- New Jersey investigators said that Lamborghini and Ferrari sports cars were among the items seized from the 9,000-sq-ft mansion of an individual charged with running a scheme that allegedly paid physicians kickbacks for Medicaid referrals.
New knowledge changes use of CT in guiding stroke treatment
June 23, 2014 -- Intravenous tissue plasminogen activator works better and is harmful to fewer patients than most doctors think, and, in any case, stroke treatment shouldn't be denied just because CT perfusion says the ischemic area is too large, according to a presentation earlier this month at the International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT.
Breast cancer management in Turkey meets global standards
June 23, 2014 -- A Turkish study on the diagnosis and management of breast cancer with bone metastasis found that while the country largely complies with international guidelines, physicians need to increase their awareness and knowledge of the current guidelines.

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