U.S. election mess affects radiology bills
November 14, 2000 -- Following last week's hair-raising election, a weary and divided U.S. Congress has reconvened to address unfinished business. The backlog includes five of 13 essential budget bills for the 2001 fiscal year, amended Medicare reimbursements to healthcare providers, and other bills that affect the radiology community directly.
Philips to re-enter nuclear medicine market with bid to buy ADAC
November 13, 2000 -- In the latest chapter of the vendor consolidation saga, Royal Philips Electronics, the parent of Philips Medical Systems, has agreed to acquire nuclear medicine and radiation therapy firm ADAC Laboratories.
Imaging obstacles throw readers for a loop in upper GI cancer
November 13, 2000 -- Shallow depressions and overlooked double contours were the two main reasons radiologists missed lesions on x-rays of patients with gastric carcinoma. Japanese investigators outlined the pitfalls of upper gastrointestinal radiography in the November issue of Radiology.
Implants and MRI
November 10, 2000 -- Part III: Augmented breast imaging presents new challenges for mammographers
MLO view
November 10, 2000 -- Part II: Augmented breast imaging presents new challenges for mammographers
FDG-PET turns in high sensitivity for small- and non-small cell lung cancers
November 9, 2000 -- Researchers from the VA Palo Alto Health Care System and Stanford University found that FDG-PET delivered the high sensitivity rates typically reported for non-small cell carcinomas, and an ability to detect small-cell cancers not emphasized in previous literature. And while PET's negative predictive value is good, it is unreliable for some types of cancer, they said at the Chest 2000 conference last month in San Francisco.
A best-ever performance
November 8, 2000 -- Part II: Last September's Olympic Games in Sydney provided an excellent opportunity for Australian ultrasound practitioners to display their prowess in musculoskeletal sonography. In this article, Olympic Polyclinic sonographers reveal their secrets for effective scanning. By Leanne McNoulty
Ultrasound wins the gold at Sydney
November 8, 2000 -- Last September's Olympic Games provided an excellent opportunity for Australian ultrasound practitioners to show their prowess in musculoskeletal sonography. In this article, Olympic Polyclinic sonographers reveal their secrets for effective scanning. By Leanne McNoulty
FDG-PET clears up metabolic murkiness between dementia and Alzheimer's
November 7, 2000 -- An FDG-PET scan can separate patients with Alzheimer’s disease from those who have dementia brought on by other illnesses, according to a study in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. A multi-institutional team used FDG-PET to track bilateral temporo-parietal hypometabolism in patients with hard-to-characterize memory loss, and found that the technique significantly enhanced clinical exams.