Early breast cancer screening = less-extensive treatment
July 12, 2018 -- Regular breast cancer screening with mammography for younger women translates into a lower stage at breast cancer diagnosis and less-extensive treatment, according to a study published online July 9 in the Annals of Surgical Oncology.  Discuss
Doctors in small practices less prone to burnout
July 12, 2018 -- Feeling burned out? It could be because you're working in a big, anonymous healthcare system. Doctors who worked in small primary care practices reported much lower burnout rates in a study published in the July-August issue of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.  Discuss
More CT screening may be needed for high-risk smokers
July 12, 2018 -- A few annual rounds of negative CT screening exams might not be enough to rule out lung cancer in the long term, according to an article published online July 10 in Radiology. A group from Canada found a high incidence of early-stage cancer in high-risk individuals several years after the conclusion of initial screening.  Discuss
EchoNous gets FDA nod for ultrasound vein-finding tool
July 12, 2018 -- EchoNous has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for EchoNous Vein, a handheld ultrasound scanner designed to help nurses with the placement of peripheral intravenous catheters.  Discuss
4 reasons why people seek CT lung cancer screening
July 11, 2018 -- CT lung cancer screening rates have fallen short of expectations, but many eligible people are still seeking out screening. A group out of Washington identified four main factors that motivate individuals to pursue CT screening in an article published online July 5 in PLOS One.  Discuss
Mammography screening should consider radiation risk
July 11, 2018 -- A woman's risk of radiation-induced cancer from regular screening mammography should be taken into consideration when assessing the performance of breast cancer screening programs, according to a study published in the August issue of Radiography.  Discuss
USPSTF dismisses CAC for heart disease risk assessment
July 10, 2018 -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has reaffirmed its recommendation against using nontraditional factors -- including coronary artery calcium (CAC) score -- to assess the risk of heart disease, in a statement published online July 10 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Discuss
AI algorithm generates 'artificial' medical images
July 10, 2018 -- Researchers from Canada have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm capable of generating "artificial" x-ray images that look just like the real thing. The artificial images can be used to train other AI algorithms in analyzing real medical images.  Discuss
C-11-based PET tracer could benefit arthritis patients
July 9, 2018 -- Carbon-11 (C-11) PET that targets translocator protein expression in the joint lining tissue of the knee may be a better way to determine the extent of rheumatoid arthritis, according to a study published in the July issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss
Time-of-flight PET can reduce radiation dose in pediatrics
July 9, 2018 -- By adding a time-of-flight technique to pediatric PET scans, clinicians can adjust radiation dose levels by as much as 50% with no discernible loss of diagnostic image quality, according to a study presented at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging annual meeting in Philadelphia.  Discuss
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