Radiation must be well targeted to prevent in-stent restenosis
November 9, 2001 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Of the 850,000 angioplasties performed in the U.S. this year, a great number of patients will develop recurrent symptoms due to in-stent restenosis. But the clinical outcome analysis from two START trials should help cement the efficacy of radiation therapy in stemming restenosis, according to a presentation at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology meeting.
Educational investment pays off in the radiology workplace
November 9, 2001 -- The connections between educational investments, recruiting, and retention exist at all levels of the organization. Although some of these associations may be less prominent, they are no less important to an organization’s long-term viability.  Discuss
Is fixed dosimetry in brachytherapy a prescription for trouble?
November 8, 2001 -- SAN FRANCISCO - The term "fixed dosimetry" may be a misnomer in that patients actually receive a wide range of radiation dose during intravascular brachytherapy, according to a presentation at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology meeting.
Ultrasound positions prostate cancer patients for therapy
November 7, 2001 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Ultrasound is a new but promising method of localizing the prostate gland and positioning patients for prostate cancer treatment, according to presenters at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology conference.
Breast conserving therapy rates may depend on access
November 6, 2001 -- SAN FRANCISCO - For doctors who treat breast cancer, a new study brings troubling, if nebulous, implications. Researchers at Duke University found that the decision to treat with mastectomy rather than breast conserving therapy may be more closely associated with referral patterns than with clinical factors.
FDA offers guidance on lowering CT dose
November 6, 2001 -- The U.S. Food and Drug administration has issued a notification emphasizing the importance of keeping radiation dose during CT procedures as low as reasonably achievable, "especially for pediatric and small adult patients, who may sometimes receive more radiation than needed to obtain diagnostic images," the agency said.
PET beats CT for staging, restaging, and managing NSCLC
November 5, 2001 -- As FDG-PET enters the mainstream of clinical oncology, it is proving to be particularly adept in the nuts and bolts of staging and disease management. In two studies that evaluated the use of PET in non-small cell lung cancer, Australian researchers said the technique offers "powerful prognostic stratification" that is highly appropriate to therapeutic needs.
September 11, Part II: Disaster yields lessons on PACS and recovery plans
November 2, 2001 -- In the weeks following the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, AuntMinnie.com spoke with radiologists at hospitals in New York City and Washington, DC, about the role radiology played in caring for the victims. In a two-part series, we’d like to share with you how five facilities handled the crisis, the lessons they learned, and how their experiences might shape future responses.
Front-line radiologists recall September 11
November 1, 2001 -- When radiology professionals at hospitals near the World Trade Center and the Pentagon got word of the September 11 terrorist attacks, they prepared for the worst. Perhaps the most tragic aspect of their stories is that the PACS networks, disaster protocols, and emergency rooms were never severely strained, because most victims never made it to the hospital.
RT updates: JRCERT extends deadline; CSRT ponders representation
October 31, 2001 -- Radiologic technologists have made themselves heard on several fronts in the past month, spurring action by the governing boards of two professional organizations. While JRCERT stuck to its educational requirements, CSRT mulled a new raison d'être.