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New CMS payment cuts skip imaging to focus on radiation therapy
July 8, 2014 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released proposed payment rates for 2015. The agency's all-powerful gaze skipped over medical imaging to land once again on radiation oncology, which is being targeted for additional payment cuts.
Celesteion PET/CT marks Toshiba's re-entry in U.S. NM market
June 26, 2014 -- For the first time in some seven years, Toshiba America Medical Systems is officially a player again in the U.S. nuclear medicine market with its newly introduced and recently cleared Celesteion PET/CT system.
ASBrS: For node-positive breast cancer, radiotherapy is best
May 5, 2014 -- Lymph node axillary radiotherapy is associated with significantly fewer complications than traditional axillary lymph node removal, and it may be poised to become the standard of care, according to research presented on April 30 at the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS) meeting in Las Vegas.
FDA: Radiology device recalls skyrocketed after 2010
March 27, 2014 -- The number of radiology devices recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration skyrocketed after 2010 due to concerns over patient exposure to radiation following several high-profile radiation accidents.
SIR: Y-90 radioembolization may offer chemo alternative
March 25, 2014 -- Radioembolization with yttrium-90 (Y-90) shows promise in treating breast cancer patients whose disease has spread to the liver and who have exhausted all other treatment options, according to a study presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) annual meeting.
Yoga boosts quality of life for women undergoing radiotherapy
March 17, 2014 -- Yoga improves the quality of life of women undergoing radiotherapy for breast cancer more than the use of simple stretching exercises alone, according to a study published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. It also appears to control patients' cortisol levels, which can lead to better outcomes.
IMRT confers survival benefit for head and neck cancer
January 20, 2014 -- Patients with head and neck cancer who received intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) had better survival rates than those who received conventional radiation treatment -- the first indication of a survival benefit for the more complex technique, according to a new study in Cancer.
MRI technologies land on ECRI's 2014 watch list
January 7, 2014 -- Nonprofit research firm ECRI Institute has included MR-guided focused ultrasound and the integration of MR images in radiation therapy on its technology watch list for the coming 12 to 18 months.
Lung cancer deaths decline amid broader survival trend
December 19, 2013 -- Lung cancer rates for men continued their decline over the past 10 years, outpacing reductions of many other kinds of cancers, according to an annual multiagency report published online December 16 in Cancer.
Saudi hospital successfully implements IORT for breast cancer
December 9, 2013 -- Intraoperative radiation therapy for early-stage breast cancer was successfully implemented in a hospital in Saudi Arabia, spurring more installations in the region, according to a presentation by Dr. Yasir Bahadur at last week's RSNA meeting.
Targeted breast radiotherapy offers treatment option
November 11, 2013 -- Targeted radiotherapy delivered to women undergoing surgery for early breast cancer could offer a feasible alternative to current procedures, which require daily radiotherapy sessions for weeks after surgery, according to two new studies published in Lancet and Lancet Oncology.
New taxonomy could improve rad therapy incident reporting
November 5, 2013 -- Everyone agrees that improvements are needed in reporting incidents during radiation therapy treatments that can affect patients. But such reporting is tricky, especially if radiation oncology facilities aren't even using the same language to describe incidents.
NEJM: Urologist self-referral equals IMRT overuse
October 24, 2013 -- Allowing urologists to self-refer patients for intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) treatments contributes to overuse of this expensive therapy, according to new research published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
PET/MRI shows growing edge over PET/CT in oncology
September 17, 2013 -- FDG-PET/MRI more accurately evaluated and more often changed the management of patients with various forms of cancer in a comparison with PET/CT, according to preliminary research published online September 5 in Radiology.
2013 cancer report offers new hope -- and more cases
September 17, 2013 -- Researchers have made substantial progress against cancer in the past year, but demographics and lifestyle issues continue to complicate the battle against the disease, according to the 2013 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Cancer Progress Report.
ASCO BCS: Most women don't know their breast cancer risk
September 5, 2013 -- Most women either under- or overestimate their lifetime risk for developing breast cancer, according to a study to be presented on September 7 at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2013 Breast Cancer Symposium (BCS) in San Francisco.
AAPM: MRI shows early brain tumor response to treatment
August 5, 2013 -- By using dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI and diffusion-weighted MRI, physicians can determine if a brain tumor is responding to treatment as soon as two weeks into radiation therapy, according to a study presented on Sunday at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) annual meeting in Indianapolis.

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