Tamoxifen confuses uterine appearance on ultrasound
December 11, 2001 -- The unusual ultrasound appearance of the uterus in women receiving tamoxifen citrate can be misinterpreted as endometrial thickening. This confusing appearance is due to microcystic change in the proximal myometrium of the uterus, according to a presentation at the 2001 International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology world congress in Melbourne, Australia.
Melatonin puts kids to sleep, makes MRI a dream
December 10, 2001 -- Doctors faced with performing MR studies on squirming children have found fair success in dosing the children with melatonin to induce sleep. Researchers at Birmingham Children's Hospital, U.K., gave 50 "uncooperative" children a 10-mg dose of melatonin prior to imaging.
PACS-RIS integration moves forward at RSNA
December 7, 2001 -- Integrating the report-based RIS with the image-based PACS has long been a goal of radiology administrators. Often, however, promises of faster workflow and higher productivity have been a Siren's song, luring would-be systems integrators to invest in products that can't communicate. Fortunately, two presentations at last week's RSNA meeting offered a safer course to success.  Discuss
R2 CAD unit approved for use with GE's FFDM system
December 6, 2001 -- R2 Technology has received an additional approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that expands the firm's ImageChecker technology to full-field digital mammography. LungCheck is next.
PET payment cut will force efficiency, procedure volume gains
December 6, 2001 -- Last week the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) cut FDG-PET reimbursement from $2,331.18 to $1,375. The decision was disappointing, but it could have been worse, PET advocates say.
U.S. House passes HIPAA extension
December 5, 2001 -- To the relief of harried healthcare administrators, the U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday night to postpone implementation of some provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). If the Senate concurs, the bill will delay the advent of transaction and code set standards until 2003.
Bedside, portable CT best reserved for high-risk ICU cases
December 5, 2001 -- Moving some critical care patients from the intensive care unit to the imaging suite is simply not an option. Radiologists from Germany investigated the feasibility of using a portable chest CT scanner for high-risk ICU patients.
MRI, CT are comparable for planning sinusitis surgery
December 4, 2001 -- CHICAGO - In patients with chronic sinusitis, CT does a good job of imaging the paranasal sinuses. But MRI has its advantages too, not the least of which is zero radiation. A study presented Friday at the RSNA meeting suggested that MRI can replace CT for preoperative planning in patients with paranasal sinus disease.
Ultrasound aids mammography in breast cancer diagnosis
December 3, 2001 -- CHICAGO - Using ultrasound as an adjunct to mammography for breast cancer detection can significantly improve diagnosis, according to researchers from Maastricht University Hospital in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Dr. Karin Flobbe presented the results of her group’s study on Friday at the RSNA show.
Medicare data shows odd trend for myelography
November 29, 2001 -- CHICAGO - By all accounts, MR spine imaging has supplanted the use of myelography by neuroradiologists. However, according to a group of researchers from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Medicare billing for myelography almost doubled between 1993 and 1999.