Deborah R. DakinsBreastEffective breast CAD still harbors a few workflow caveatsComputer-aided detection (CAD) has become a valued ally in breast cancer screening, boosting overall detection rates and detecting cancers earlier. But CAD has its caveats. Even in mammography, CAD won’t turn a poorly performing radiologist into a breast cancer specialist. And the technology may not be cost-effective for every breast center.June 2, 2003ISIHE pursues user adoption, product development, IT expansionThe quest involved in Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) is not so different from the daunting mission that consumes the characters in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. Both involve a long journey by a hardy band of individuals, tasked with the near-impossible. The partnerships seem unlikely, and yet, in both cases, the teams ultimately prevail. For the five-year IHE project, what would seem to be journey's end is turning out to be another new beginning.May 11, 2003Nuclear MedicinePinhole technique abets dedicated breast SPECT imagingStill in its early stages, a new breast imaging technique that pairs SPECT with pinhole collimation shows promise in detecting small lesions with high contrast and signal-to-noise ratios, according to investigators from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC.April 23, 2003BreastKey variables impact accuracy of digital mammographySlight differences in breast cancer detection rates between full-field digital mammography (FFDM) and film-screen might boil down to two simple questions: How is the patient being positioned and who is interpreting the images? Dr. R. James Brenner, medical director of breast imaging at Eisenberg Keefer Breast Center in Santa Monica, CA, tackles these questions and more.April 20, 2003UltrasoundStrict attention to detail enhances sensitivity of breast USBy applying a strict algorithm for differentiating benign from malignant lesions, sonographers can make more specific diagnoses, prevent biopsy of benign lesions, and find palpable malignant tumors missed by mammography, according to Dr. A. Thomas Stavros, chief of ultrasound at Radiology Imaging Associates in Greenwood Village, CO.April 16, 2003BreastRadiologists say training, not tests, will hone mammography skillsBetter education and training, not regulation, are needed to improve mammography skills, according to radiologists reacting to a U.S. proposal to mandate periodic exams as a way of improving breast cancer screening.April 9, 2003CTGastric bypass battles bulge, but patients pose imaging challengeAs obesity becomes a national health issue in the U.S., a growing number of Americans are turning to surgery as a way to battle their bulge. But gastric bypass, one of the fastest-growing surgeries at U.S. hospitals today, poses multiple challenges for radiologists and technologists performing postprocedural imaging to detect complications.March 26, 2003MRITips and techniques make MRI feasible for breast centersBreast MRI is a valuable problem-solving tool in breast imaging, but even this highly sensitive technique can be humbled. Exam timing, indications, and technique are critical to success, according to Dr. Bruce Porter, medical director of First Hill Diagnostic Imaging in Seattle.March 19, 2003BreastProductivity is more critical than reimbursement for breast centersLAS VEGAS - By focusing on productivity instead of reimbursement, breast centers can improve their bottom line, according to a presentation at the National Consortium of Breast Centers conference. Consultant Gerald Kolb discussed performance measures that can help breast centers survive and thrive.February 26, 2003Clinical NewsNew adjunctive breast techniques improve positive biopsy ratesLAS VEGAS - Nearly 80% of the 1.3 million breast biopsies performed in the U.S. each year to evaluate suspicious mammographic findings are benign, the FDA reports. But new adjunctive technologies in development could put a serious dent in that percentage, according to a presentation Monday at the National Consortium of Breast Centers.February 24, 2003Page 1 of 2Next PageTop StoriesCTPCCT improves assessment of coronary artery diseaseUltrahigh-spatial-resolution photon-counting detector CT (PCCT) improves the evaluation of coronary artery disease, researchers have found.BreastAnnual breast cancer screening starting at age 40 saves livesMolecular ImagingAI spots unidentified brain tumor on PET imagingMRIMRI reveals functional brain alterations associated with depressionSponsor ContentWe care about what you think.