Support grows for more rigorous training on dose
June 28, 2016 -- Fresh evidence of the lack of awareness of radiation protection among medical staff in the Middle East has come from a large new study performed in Saudi Arabia. The research has led to renewed calls for more formal training schemes in the region.
ISCT: Stroke panel weighs optimal imaging approach
June 27, 2016 -- Choosing acute stroke patients for reperfusion therapy means identifying their TRAIT -- that is, their treatment-relevant acute imaging target, according to a talk on Thursday at the International Society for Computed Tomography (ISCT) 2016 Symposium in San Francisco. But the optimal imaging approach is decidedly undecided.
How do breast density laws affect radiology practice?
June 27, 2016 -- Since 2009, 28 states have enacted breast density notification legislation -- a victory, say women's health advocates. So how are radiologists reacting, particularly in regard to assessing breast cancer risk and offering supplemental imaging? With caution, according to a new study published in The Breast Journal.
What Brexit means for imaging
June 24, 2016 -- The U.K. has decided to leave the European Union. What does that mean for imaging? Great uncertainty, and nothing in the European imaging sector will be quite the same again, Stephen Holloway writes in a monthly market trends column.
Prostate radiotracer may benefit breast cancer imaging
June 24, 2016 -- A radiotracer recently cleared for PET imaging of recurrent prostate cancer may have similar efficacy for certain forms of breast cancer, according to a study presented at last week's Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging meeting.
ISCT: Are lung cancer screening programs worth the trouble?
June 23, 2016 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Is setting up a lung cancer screening program worth it? The answer depends on many things, including one's tolerance for the hours, costs, and administrative work -- versus the honor of doing some good in the world, concluded a Wednesday talk at the International Society for Computed Tomography (ISCT) 2016 Symposium.
Supine MRI in the OR can improve breast surgery outcome
June 23, 2016 -- Performing breast MRI in the supine position in the operating room (OR) immediately after breast conservation surgery may help surgeons better find and assess residual tumors, while patients potentially avoid follow-up surgery, according to a new study published online June 22 in Radiology.
ISCT: 4 ways to develop a master CT protocol framework
June 23, 2016 -- SAN FRANCISCO - As CT technology has gotten more complex, so have the protocols each department develops for particular studies. This complexity can make radiologists less efficient, as well as complicate how dose is monitored across a facility, according to a presentation delivered at the International Society for Computed Tomography (ISCT) 2016 Symposium.
IBM launches initiative to advance Watson in imaging
June 22, 2016 -- Moving closer to commercializing its Watson artificial intelligence technology in imaging applications, IBM announced on Wednesday that it's teaming up with a broad spectrum of partners to help train, test, develop, and deploy Watson in a wide range of organ systems and disease states.
ISCT: Is CT perfusion dead beyond the head?
June 22, 2016 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Whether or not CT perfusion (CTP) is justified beyond the brain is a tough call -- so tough, in fact, that organizers of the International Society for Computed Tomography (ISCT) 2016 Symposium decided to debate the question. CTP can be a powerful tool, they said, but its utility is less certain than its generous radiation dose.