Is thermal ablation effective for treating NSCLC?
September 18, 2018 -- Thermal ablation is safe and effective for treating early-stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), and it could be a suitable alternative to stereotactic radiotherapy for patients who can't undergo surgery because of age or health status, according to research published online September 18 in Radiology.  Discuss
Drop ultrasound contrast agent warning, society says
September 18, 2018 -- The International Contrast Ultrasound Society (ICUS) has filed a petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration urging the agency to remove boxed warnings from ultrasound contrast agents. ICUS believes the warnings are obsolete in light of clinical experience and recently released data on the safety of the agents.  Discuss
Industry funding concentrated in radiation oncology
September 18, 2018 -- The vast majority of industry payments to radiation oncology researchers are concentrated among just 10 individuals, according to a study published September 12 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. And researchers who received payments from industry were more likely to publish more papers.  Discuss
Delayed NaF-PET enhances coronary plaque detection
September 18, 2018 -- In life, timing is everything. With sodium fluoride (NaF) PET, interpreting results three hours after tracer injection instead of the customary one-hour delay improved image quality and standardized uptake values, leading to significantly better coronary plaque detection, according to a September  13 article in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss
ISCT: 5 ways DECT can improve the value of imaging
September 17, 2018 -- SAN DIEGO - What are the top clinical applications of dual-energy CT (DECT), and in what ways does the technique add value to diagnostic imaging? Radiologists from Stanford and Duke University tackled these and similar questions in a session at the 2018 International Society for Computed Tomography (ISCT) symposium.  Discuss
Breast screening critics Gotzsche, Welch lose positions
September 17, 2018 -- Last week was a bad one for opponents of breast cancer screening. On Saturday, prominent screening opponent Dr. Peter Gøtzsche was booted from the governing board of the Cochrane just days after screening skeptic Dr. H. Gilbert Welch resigned from Dartmouth College over plagiarism allegations.  Discuss
How Medicare fee schedule changes will affect radiology
September 17, 2018 -- How will the 2019 proposed rule for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule impact radiology practices? In a new column, Richard Morris of Healthcare Administrative Partners unpacks the rule and explains how it may affect your operations.  Discuss
Breast MRI works for evaluating equivocal DBT findings
September 17, 2018 -- Breast MRI is an effective tool for further assessment of inconclusive digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) findings, according to a study published online September 12 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
3D-printed device aids knee replacement surgery
September 17, 2018 -- How might 3D-printed knee jigs help improve the quality of total knee replacement surgery? Researchers from India discussed the benefits of using these patient-specific models for the task in a review article published in the most recent issue of the Journal of Clinical Orthopaedics and Trauma.  Discuss
Ultrasound simulators improve students' skills
September 17, 2018 -- Incorporating ultrasound simulators as part of the medical school curriculum improves students' point-of-care skills and knowledge, researchers reported in a study published online September 12 in the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.  Discuss
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