News from ASTRO | Meet the Minnies finalists | Breast shielding and CCTA

Dear AuntMinnie Member,

BOSTON - The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) annual meeting is underway in Boston this week, and has reporters onsite at radiation oncology's premier conference.

First up is an article on the use of stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) in the Veterans Health Administration system. Researchers have found that increased use of SBRT in the system has led to higher survival rates in patients with early-stage non-small cell lung cancer. Learn more by clicking here.

In another study from ASTRO 2016, researchers from North Carolina described how they were able to eliminate racial differences in radiation therapy treatment through an outreach program designed to make sure that cancer patients followed through on their therapy. Get the rest of the story by clicking here.

Finally, a group from Yale University found that certain patients with non-small cell lung cancer would benefit from invasive staging, even though their PET/CT scans showed no evidence of nodal metastases. Learn more by clicking here.

Meet the Minnies finalists

Are you wondering who made the final cut in the Minnies? Wonder no more: We've released the list of finalists who will compete for top honors in's annual event recognizing excellence in radiology.

The Minnies started with nominations from you -- our loyal readers -- and then moved on to a semifinalist stage, with more than 200 candidates competing in 14 categories, from Most Influential Radiology Researcher to Best Radiology Mobile App. Now, our expert panel will select the winners.

Who will win the award for Most Effective Radiology Educator: Dr. Frank Gaillard of Radiopaedia or Dr. Pamela Johnson of Johns Hopkins University? Will Carestream Health win the award for Best New Radiology Device for its OnSight 3D extremity CT scanner, or will Hologic win for its Affirm prone breast biopsy system?

We should know in just a few weeks. Until then, check out the list of finalists by clicking here or going to

Breast shielding and CCTA

Due to concerns about radiation dose, more patients are starting to ask for breast shields during coronary CT angiography (CCTA) exams. However, a new study found that not only are the shields ineffective at reducing DNA damage, but they also negatively affect image quality. Learn more by clicking here, or visit our CT Community at

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