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ASNC: Should nuclear technologists read SPECT MPI scans?
September 22, 2014 -- BOSTON - Nuclear medicine technologists were nearly as accurate as cardiologists in reading stress-first SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) studies, according to research presented at the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) meeting. The study hints at a role for technologists in determining which patients could avoid the rest portion of the scans.  Discuss
Big spectral CT project launches in New Zealand
September 22, 2014 -- You've heard of dual-energy CT, but how about eight-energy CT? That's the goal of researchers in New Zealand, who this month received funding for a project to build a CT scanner capable of detecting eight different energies at once in scans of humans. They hope the new spectral scanner will offer functional imaging that is unprecedented for CT, with a lower radiation dose to boot.  Discuss
Sandy's silver lining: Hurricane creates impetus for change
September 19, 2014 -- NEW YORK CITY - Hurricane Sandy was a catastrophic event for New York City, but it did have a silver lining for NYU Langone Medical Center's radiology department. With help from informatics, the storm precipitated significant and lasting workflow and quality improvements, according to a Thursday talk at the New York Medical Imaging Informatics Symposium.  Discuss
ASTRO: Radiation therapy cost analysis suggests inefficiency
September 18, 2014 -- SAN FRANCISCO - A new analysis of radiation therapy costs presented at this week's American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) meeting has found wide variations that aren't related to patient or disease factors. Costs varied between standalone centers and hospital departments -- a variance that has since been flattened by changes in Medicare reimbursement.  Discuss
Ultrasound should be 1st choice for suspected kidney stones
September 18, 2014 -- Ultrasound should still be the first imaging test of choice for evaluating patients with suspected nephrolithiasis, according to research published in this week's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The study found that using CT first didn't yield better clinical outcomes.  Discuss
MRI aids differentiation of traumatic cerebral fat embolism
September 18, 2014 -- An Egyptian-led team of MRI researchers reported at last week's International Congress of Radiology that cerebral fat embolism (CFE) can be differentiated from diffuse axonal injury because CFE has a higher incidence of increased T2-FLAIR and diffusion-weighted imaging lesions.  Discuss
FDG-PET/CT benefits breast cancer patients younger than 40
September 17, 2014 -- While guidelines recommend FDG-PET/CT only as an optional workup for women with stage III breast cancer, the hybrid modality can help women younger than 40 who have potentially aggressive stage II breast cancer, according to a study published online September 11 in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss
Incomplete documentation jeopardizes radiology payments
September 17, 2014 -- Insufficient documentation is behind most improper payments, according to the government agencies responsible for policing Medicare program claims. Those same agencies repeatedly advise healthcare providers that they can avoid errors by complying with documentation requirements, including those in local coverage determinations.  Discuss
ASTRO: Imaging, radiation oncology increasingly work as one
September 16, 2014 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Imaging is central to the unprecedented wave of medical specialties converging on cancer care. But it will take more than what today's radiologists are trained for to better understand cancer's mysteries, according to a keynote address by Dr. Hedvig Hricak, PhD, on Monday at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) meeting.  Discuss
Transcranial US can spot carotid stenosis patients in danger
September 16, 2014 -- Transcranial Doppler ultrasound can be used to identify those asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis patients who are at greater risk for stroke and would therefore be most likely to benefit from revascularization procedures, according to research published online September 16 in Radiology.  Discuss
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