Breast brachytherapy may cause more complications
October 25, 2012 -- Breast brachytherapy has become increasingly popular for older and elderly women with early-stage breast cancer, but they may wish to think twice before selecting this treatment, based on a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Minnies 2012 winners highlight importance of breast imaging
October 24, 2012 -- Every year since 2000, has published the Minnies, our annual rankings of the best of the best in radiology. This year's winners offer a view of the expansive breadth of radiology, in addition to highlighting the ongoing importance of perhaps the specialty's most controversial technology: breast imaging.
ACR institute blasts imaging payment cuts in first report
October 24, 2012 -- The first major report from the American College of Radiology's (ACR) new Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute warns of diminished patient access to diagnostic imaging and other unintended negative consequences from public policies that have slowed imaging's growth.
Sharper image: 3D phase-contrast tomo shows smaller breast tumors
October 23, 2012 -- Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Germany, and France have collaborated to produce ultrasharp 3D breast images with a technique that delivers less radiation than a mammogram, according to an article published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Study finds PET utilization varies along racial, income lines
October 23, 2012 -- A five-year analysis of Medicare beneficiaries with cancer has found greater utilization of PET imaging among white patients with greater income levels in areas of higher Medicare spending.
Colonoscopy payment linked to lower cancer incidence
October 23, 2012 -- The approval of colonoscopy for colorectal cancer screening in 2001 may explain the drop in disease prevalence over the past decade, according to a new study published online October 23 in Gastroenterology.
Breast US tops mammography for symptomatic women under 40
October 22, 2012 -- Ultrasound beats mammography as the best imaging modality for initial evaluation of breast cancer in symptomatic women ages 30 to 39, according to a new study published in the November issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
MicroCT plus 3D helps solve mysteries of lung disease
October 22, 2012 -- A research group has combined microCT with image processing tools to create a 3D rendering of the pulmonary acinus, which could enhance understanding of lung diseases. The model could also help clarify the role of acini in drug delivery, as sites where gases and blood mix in the lung.
10-year prostate cancer outcomes show rad therapy's benefit
October 19, 2012 -- Ten-year clinical outcomes for prostate cancer patients participating in a trial comparing postoperative radiotherapy with observation only show that patients who were irradiated had significantly improved biochemical progression-free survival and local control.
ECRI offers advice on picking a CT scanner
October 19, 2012 -- Today's CT scanner market boasts the widest array of CT scanner models, capabilities, and pricing options in history. But all that choice can be overwhelming. In an October 17 webinar, nonprofit research organization ECRI Institute offered some guidance on how to cut through the clutter.
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