Can local use guidelines reduce inappropriate imaging?
November 12, 2018 -- Imaging utilization rules based on national guidelines may not cover all clinical circumstances. Appropriate use criteria based on local best practices can fill this gap, however, and help avoid inappropriate imaging, according to research published online November 7 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
OIG finds FDA lacking in postmarket cybersecurity plans
November 12, 2018 -- After calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in September to further integrate cybersecurity into its premarket review process, the U.S. Office of Inspector General (OIG) has now deemed the FDA's policies and processes to be "deficient" for addressing postmarket cybersecurity incidents with medical devices.  Discuss
Study in Cancer shows early mammography saves women's lives
November 9, 2018 -- Women who adhere to early and regular screening mammography have lower mortality rates and benefit more from breast cancer therapies at the time of diagnosis of the disease, according to a study published online November 8 in the journal Cancer.  Discuss
CT tumor evaluation criteria may need to be reworked
November 9, 2018 -- Current guidelines used to determine the effect of cancer treatment on metastatic tumors often yield inconsistent results, say researchers from Germany, who uncovered notable differences in tumor selection on CT among radiologists. Their findings were published online November 6 in Radiology.  Discuss
New SPECT tracer targets NSCLC receptor
November 9, 2018 -- Researchers from the U.S. and China are developing a SPECT tracer that could improve the diagnosis and treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The radiotracer targets a key receptor linked to the progression of NSCLC, according to a preclinical study published in the November issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss
Is gadolinium deposition disease really a disease?
November 9, 2018 -- Is gadolinium deposition disease really a disease? Italian researchers aren't so sure after they studied patients who received gadolinium-based contrast agents for MRI scans. They reported their findings in a study published online October 30 in Investigative Radiology.  Discuss
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 75: What does 'alternative medicine' mean to you?
November 9, 2018 -- The term "alternative medicine" can mean different things to different people. It turns out that Andy and Ryan have very different perceptions of the concept, as we learn in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend.  Discuss
MRI reveals mechanics of beatboxing
November 8, 2018 -- Have you ever wondered how performers can so fluidly make those syncopated beatboxing sounds? Researchers have shed some light on the mystery by using real-time MRI to show how motions of the mouth and tongue create different beatboxing sounds and styles.  Discuss
Longer mammography follow-up may be risky for many women
November 8, 2018 -- Mammography facilities that serve more "vulnerable" women tend to have longer follow-up times to biopsy after an abnormal mammogram, according to a study published online November 5 in Health Services Research. And taking longer to biopsy suspicious findings could be putting these women at risk.  Discuss
3D head models reduce workload for brain radiotherapy
November 8, 2018 -- 3D-printed models of human heads may remove the need for brain cancer patients to undergo a simulation CT exam before receiving whole-brain radiotherapy -- reducing costs and increasing workflow efficiency, according to an article published in the January issue of Technology in Cancer Research and Treatment.  Discuss
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