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ProScan accused of submitting fraudulent MRI claims
September 17, 2019 -- A whistleblower lawsuit has alleged that Cincinnati-based imaging services provider ProScan submitted thousands of reimbursement claims to Medicare, Medicaid, and Tricare for MRI interpretations that were performed by physician assistants instead of radiologists.  Discuss
Mammography screening benefits high-risk men
September 17, 2019 -- Screening mammography benefits men at high risk of breast cancer, according to a study published online September 17 in Radiology. The findings support the establishment of screening guidelines for men at high-risk of the disease, the researchers noted.  Discuss
ASTRO: AI predicts side effects from radiation therapy
September 17, 2019 -- CHICAGO - Researchers developed an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm that was able to predict which patients were likely to experience side effects after radiation therapy for head and neck cancer, according to a study presented Monday at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) meeting.  Discuss
Clinical study validates ultrahigh-resolution chest CT
September 17, 2019 -- An ultrahigh-resolution CT scanner substantially improved the quality of imaging data acquired from patients with various chest diseases, compared with a standard CT scanner, in a new study, recently published online in the Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography. The advanced CT technology may enhance diagnostic imaging and disease characterization.  Discuss
ASTRO: Is hormone therapy after prostate surgery needed?
September 16, 2019 -- CHICAGO - Men who have undergone surgery for prostate cancer may not need long-term hormone therapy if they have low levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) after their procedure, according to research presented Sunday at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) meeting.  Discuss
ASTRO: Cervical cancer deaths rise as women's centers close
September 16, 2019 -- CHICAGO - Women in states where family planning clinics have closed received fewer cervical cancer screenings and were 36% more likely to die from the disease than women in states with fewer clinic closures, according to research presented September 16 at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) meeting.  Discuss
ASTRO: SABR generates immune response to prostate cancer
September 16, 2019 -- CHICAGO - The use of stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) to treat men with oligometastatic prostate disease not only destroyed tumors but also seemed to promote an immune response in the body to fight cancer in a new study, presented at this week's American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) meeting.  Discuss
Risk model improves accuracy of CT lung cancer screening
September 16, 2019 -- Using a risk-prediction model to determine eligibility for CT lung screening is more effective for detecting cancers than current guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, according to new results from the International Lung Screen Trial presented at the recent World Conference on Lung Cancer in Barcelona, Spain.  Discuss
ASTRO: Whole, partial breast RT yield similar cosmetic results
September 16, 2019 -- Whole- and partial-breast radiation after lumpectomy produce similar cosmetic outcomes for women diagnosed with early stages of cancer who seek to preserve their breasts, according to research presented September 15 at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) meeting in Chicago.  Discuss
Is screening with DBT worth the additional cost?
September 16, 2019 -- Shifting breast screening from digital mammography to digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) reduces recall rates, but it achieves only modest improvements in breast cancer deaths averted or life years saved -- while costing above commonly accepted cost-effectiveness ranges, according to research published online September 10 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.  Discuss
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