Arab Health: Disappearing women cause anguish after screening
January 29, 2013 -- DUBAI - Fresh data about the Egyptian breast cancer screening program released on the second day of Arab Health confirm that "unreachables" -- patients with suspicious cases who fail to show for follow-up -- remain a serious problem.  Discuss
Joint task force publishes brain amyloid PET criteria
January 28, 2013 -- A task force assembled by the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging and the Alzheimer's Association has concluded that brain amyloid PET imaging could potentially help diagnose individuals with cognitive impairment if certain conditions are met.  Discuss
Lumpectomy with RT tops mastectomy for early-stage cancer
January 28, 2013 -- Women with early-stage breast cancer sometimes opt for mastectomy rather than less radical surgery out of concern about cancer recurrence. But recurrence risk was lower for women who chose lumpectomy followed by radiation therapy (RT) compared with those who received mastectomies, according to a study published online on Monday in Cancer.  Discuss
LED displays offer comfort without hindering performance
January 28, 2013 -- Without sacrificing diagnostic performance, monitors that employ light-emitting diode (LED) backlights are more comfortable to use for diagnostic interpretation than displays employing traditional backlighting based on cold cathode fluorescent lamp technology, Korean researchers have found.  Discuss
ASCO GI: CT unnecessary for staging early gastric cancer
January 25, 2013 -- SAN FRANCISCO - CT is unnecessary for staging gastric cancer owing to its poor sensitivity for diagnosing nodal involvement and the rarity of metastasis in patients with stage T1 disease, according to a Thursday presentation at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2013 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium.  Discuss
Could a new breast MR protocol replace screening mammo?
January 25, 2013 -- Using a streamlined breast MR protocol for women with dense tissue takes less time and finds more early cancers than mammography -- potentially replacing it as a screening modality, according to research presented at the RSNA 2012 meeting.  Discuss
Qigong has benefits for breast cancer patients
January 25, 2013 -- Qigong, an ancient Chinese mind-body practice, reduces symptoms of depression and improves quality of life in women undergoing radiation therapy for breast cancer, according to a study published online January 25 in Cancer.  Discuss
Bras aid positioning for large-breasted women during RT
January 25, 2013 -- Large-breasted women pose a challenge when radiation therapy (RT) for early-stage breast cancer is being planned and performed. Using a bra or bustier improves simulation and positioning in the supine position, according to an article published in the January issue of Practical Radiation Oncology.  Discuss
DBT could replace mammo for evaluating noncalcified lesions
January 24, 2013 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) could replace conventional diagnostic mammography for further workup of noncalcified lesions found on screening mammography, according to a study published in the February issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
To certify or not to certify, that is the question
January 24, 2013 -- The recent buzz around the new Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise certification caused me to step back and think about the value of certification, and how it might affect -- and potentially better -- the implementation of healthcare imaging and information technology.  Discuss
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