ASTRO: SBRT works well for less risky prostate cancer
October 22, 2018 -- SAN ANTONIO - Despite past concerns, stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) delivered in a smaller number of sessions at a higher radiation dose works well for men with less risky forms of prostate cancer, according to a study presented on Monday at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) meeting.  Discuss
ASTRO: AI's rad therapy future is in predicting outcomes
October 22, 2018 -- SAN ANTONIO - Radiation oncology is already putting artificial intelligence (AI) to work by using the technology for automating mundane tasks. But AI's real value will come when it is able to accurately predict patient outcomes, according to a Sunday talk at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) annual meeting.  Discuss
ASTRO: Weekly breast radiation therapy is safe
October 22, 2018 -- A larger, weekly dose of radiation therapy has side effects that are comparable to those from conventional daily treatments for early-stage breast cancer, say U.K. researchers, who shared their findings on Sunday at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) meeting in San Antonio.  Discuss
Gadolinium-enhanced MRI with PET best for prostate cancer
October 22, 2018 -- Which MR imaging sequence used with whole-body fluorocholine-PET/MRI is most proficient at detecting metastases and staging patients with prostate cancer? Canadian researchers put four sequences through their paces in a study published online October 17 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Key MRI markers link vascular brain injury to health risks
October 22, 2018 -- Which MRI markers of vascular brain injury are most significantly associated with a greater risk for stroke, dementia, and death in older adults? If you answered white-matter hyperintensities, brain infarcts, and cerebral microbleeds, your conclusion matches the findings of a meta-analysis published online October 22 in JAMA Neurology.  Discuss
Study gives all-clear for skin cream during radiation therapy
October 19, 2018 -- It's OK for patients scheduled for radiation therapy to apply topical treatments such as skin cream in moderation before their procedures, according to a study published October 16 in JAMA Oncology. That's good news for the many patients who want to use skin cream to counter skin rashes or burns caused by radiation treatments.  Discuss
CT radiomics improves management of bile duct cancer
October 19, 2018 -- Researchers from China have developed a radiomics model that can determine the malignancy of lymph node metastases in patients with bile duct cancer by analyzing features on CT scans, according to an article recently published online in Radiology. They believe the model can predict the survival rate of patients.  Discuss
Should the BI-RADS 3 ultrasound category be revised?
October 19, 2018 -- Should the current BI-RADS 3 ultrasound category -- covering breast lesions that are "probably benign" -- be revised? It appears so, according to research published online October 17 in Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.  Discuss
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 74: What not to do on Halloween
October 19, 2018 -- It's hard to believe, but some healthcare facilities still x-ray Halloween candy. Does it make any sense? Andy isn't so sure in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend.  Discuss
FDA seeks to amend MQSA mammography regulations
October 18, 2018 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has submitted a proposed rule to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget to amend its mammography regulations.  Discuss
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