Wayne Forrest

Wayne joined AuntMinnie.com in 2006 as a features editor shortly after serving for seven years as news editor for the former Medical Imaging monthly magazine and Medical Imaging News weekly newsletter. Wayne's journalism career spans more than 35 years and includes four years as a business writer and nine years in broadcast news. His primary areas of coverage are MRI, nuclear medicine, and molecular imaging.

Articles by this author
False positives a concern with FDG-PET/CT for head, neck tumors
January 31, 2008 -- FDG-PET/CT is worthwhile for assessing patients with occult head and neck primary tumors, but false positives remain a shortcoming of the hybrid technology, according to a British study. The results show that FDG-PET/CT cannot replace examination under anesthesia and biopsies for assessing occult head and neck primary tumors.  Discuss
Language processing technology guides pathology, imaging studies
January 24, 2008 -- Two recent studies show that natural language processing (NLP) technology can accurately describe trends from different pathology findings in neuroradiology reports and determine additional recommended imaging tests.  Discuss
PET/CT shows its worth in cervical carcinoma
January 18, 2008 -- American Cancer Society statistics estimated 11,500 new cases of cervical carcinoma and total deaths of 3,670 from the disease in 2007. With these numbers, FDG-PET/CT should become an integral part in evaluating patients with high-risk cervical cancer to determine the most appropriate therapy, according to researchers from Stanford University in Stanford, CA.  Discuss
NOPR releases preliminary results of PET treatment strategies
January 11, 2008 -- Initial findings from the ongoing National Oncologic PET Registry (NOPR) confirm that referring physicians often adjust their cancer treatment management based on PET imaging results. U.S. researchers recently presented the results, which were based on more than 16,000 PET studies.  Discuss
Radiologist-designed search engine strives for greater accuracy
January 4, 2008 -- One benefit of the Internet is its fingertip access to an infinite amount of information. But the availability of incalculable amounts of data also may also be the Internet's greatest disadvantage. To help reduce the massive clutter that can hinder the discovery of radiology-specific and peer-reviewed content, Dr. Roland Talanow of the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio has developed a free search engine called Radiology Search.  Discuss
CPOEs prompt better communication in the ED
December 26, 2007 -- When using a computerized provider order entry (CPOE) system, emergency department (ED) physicians tend to provide more details on a patient's medical history and on clinical questions for ED radiologists. That enhanced communication leads to better interpretation and results in ED studies, according to radiologists at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.  Discuss
Study shows benefits of very delayed cerebral FDG-PET imaging
December 21, 2007 -- Acquisition of PET images as long as six hours after FDG injection can be a useful and easy-to-perform technique in delineating gliomas from gray matter and detecting cerebral lymphomas, according to a study by researchers in France. They presented their findings at the recent 2007 RSNA meeting in Chicago.  Discuss
PET helps predict surgical outcome in refractory epilepsy patients
December 13, 2007 -- A study based at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio shows surgical outcome in refractory epilepsy can be predicted by PET imaging, even in patients with frequent seizures or spiking activity. The study authors presented their findings at the recent RSNA 2007 meeting in Chicago.  Discuss
UM researchers develop 'green' nanoparticles for cancer treatment
December 7, 2007 -- Nanotechnology is going green with the help of some magic beans -- OK, actually they're soybeans. A group of researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia (UM) has developed a method of using natural ingredients like soybeans to produce gold nanoparticles for the diagnosis and treatment of cancerous tumors.  Discuss
Warning issued on radioisotope supply
December 6, 2007 -- Radioisotope maker Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd.'s (AECL) National Research Universal reactor in Chalk River, Ontario, will be offline for at least one more month, leaving hundreds of thousands of medical tests worldwide in jeopardy.  Discuss