Cally Vinz


A Case for Decision Support of Imaging Services

While we agree that both approaches can help manage utilization rates of imaging and reduce health care costs, we beg to strongly differ that prior notification is the better option. We have hard facts that indicate decision support is better for not only patients, but providers, health plans, and our nation.

Carl Jones


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Carla de Venecia, MD


Image IQ: 52-year-old Female with Family History of Breast Cancer

52-year-old asymptomatic female with family history of breast cancer presents for annual mammogram.

Carla M. Blanco, MD


Primary Peritoneal Mesothelioma

A 56-year-old Vietnam veteran man was admitted with a three-day history of worsening abdominal pain progressing into an acute abdomen. He had past medical history of Hepatitis C, diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure and chronic abdominal pain of unknown etiology. There was no gross bowel pathology by upper endoscopy or colonoscopy early the year of admission.

Carla Ribeiro, MD


CT and MRI help evaluate adrenal gland disorders

The adrenal glands are paired retroperitoneal endocrine organs. They are thin, inverted Y- or V-shaped soft tissue structures and have flat or concave margins. The vertical length of each gland may be anywhere from 2 to 4 cm. Their “limbs” are approximately 0.4 cm thick in axial cross-section, which is roughly as thin as the adjacent diaphragmatic crus.

Carlo Catalano, MD


Finding dose/quality balance presents CT imaging challenge

Interest in cardiac imaging with multislice CT is growing, as evidenced by the large number of studies that have been published on this topic. Advances in cardiac MSCT have also been aided by the introduction of extremely fast, user-friendly scanners.

Carly Reed


Ultrasound in Interventional Radiology: Small Market, Big Future

With increasing economic pressures and concern regarding radiation dose, a safer and comparable alternative to CT and X-ray is being sought. Ultrasound may be the answer.

Carmen Blanca HernÁndez, MD


MSCT moves ahead of DSA for peripheral arterial disease

Peripheral arterial occlusive disease is a chronic and progressive disease that is common in the Western world.

Carmen Villalba Martin, MD


MR, CT imaging offer answers to questions about renal mass

The widespread use of cross-sectional imaging techniques means that renal masses are now a common incidental finding. The term renal mass covers a diverse group of pathologic entities, including inflammatory, vascular, and benign tumors and neoplastic lesions. Most renal masses are simple cysts that can be characterized easily and require no treatment or follow-up. But approximately 25% to 40% of all renal cell carcinomas are diagnosed after the unexpected discovery of a renal mass.1 Around 85% of these renal cancers will be adenocarcinomas. Most of the others will be transitional cell carcinomas of the renal pelvis.

Carol P. Geer, MD


CT perfusion for stroke: Should you use it?

CT perfusion for stroke leaped from clinical discussion forums to the front pages in the last 13 months.

Caroline Malhaire, MD


Breast tomosynthesis tackles new challenges

Mammography is the only screening modality that has been proven to reduce mortality from breast cancer.

Caroline Venstermans, MD


Correct Application Of MRI: helps find causes of lower back pain

Low back pain is extremely common in Western society.1 It is second only to upper respiratory illness as a symptom-related reason for visits to the doctor.2

Caroline Wilson


SIIM 2008 chooses a city full of lakes in which to build its bridges

Practice meets theory at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine 2008 Annual Meeting, May 15-18, in Seattle. The SIIM meeting has always provided a collegial environment for practical education and demonstration combined with the latest research and science in imaging informatics.

Carolyn C. Meltzer, MD


Anatomic, functional imaging collaborate in cancer detection

Several oncologic imaging modalities have evolved significantly since CT was developed in 1973. Although CT provides a noninvasive method for evaluating cancer patients, first-generation scanners were limited in their speed of data acquisition and spatial resolution. Current multislice CT scanners can evaluate a patient completely, with exquisite anatomic detail, in as little as 15 to 30 seconds.

Carolyn Fishman


What Can Big Data Do For Radiologists?

With big data comes big responsibility, but radiologists can benefit from the continuing big data trend.

Carter Newton, MD


Vendors make cardiac scans easy to read

Junior high school student with proper training could read certain cardiac CT studies

Catarina Silva, MD


Multislice CT illuminatescholangiocarcinoma cases

Cholangiocarcinoma is an adenocarcinoma that arises from the intra- and extrahepatic bile duct epithelium.

Cathleen Cooper


3-D CT angiography aids in liver surgery planning

CT angiography is a powerful technique for assessing visceral arteries that may obviate catheter angiography. A quality CTA with good contrast timing, minimal visual noise, and proper 3D postprocessing techniques provides excellent detail of arterial anatomy. CTAs are particularly important for patients with unresectable liver metastases, in whom regional chemotherapy is an alternative treatment option.

Charles A. Mistretta, PhD


Innovative physics boosts MRI speed, cuts CT dose

Recent advances in fast imaging have provided radiologists with tools for simplified scanning and improved diagnosis. Real-time diagnostic capability gives radiologists unprecedented freedom to uncover pathology and measure its extent and severity. Multislice CT captures hundreds of slices per second, freezing motion and creating mammoth files of data for reconstruction into diagnostically relevant renderings of organs, bone, vessels, and disease.

Charles Bankhead


Cardiac PET/CT gains clinical recognition

Cardiologists impressed by the diagnostic power of PET/CT are beginning to recognize its clinical importance. In sites where the transition from PET to PET/CT has been made, rising cardiac PET imaging volumes have followed.

Cher Heng Tan, MBBS


Imaging may reveal injuries in intravenous drug users

Parenteral drug abuse is relatively uncommon in Singapore compared with other forms of substance abuse.1 The recent trend, however, of addicts injecting self-dissolve tablets with other drugs, bringing risk of serious limb morbidity, is causing concern.

Cherie Puthoff


5 Tips for Improving Radiology Billing and Coding

Even if you outsource your billing, you need to keep up with regulations and changes. Here are five tips for radiologists to keep billing and coding on track.

Cheryl Whitaker, MD, MPH, FACP


First-Ever Mammography Exchange Will Make Prior Exams Available

The proposed pilot of the Chicago Mammography Image Exchange (CMIX), starting in May, will connect nine sites to improve care for uninsured or lower-income patients.

Chiara Zuiani, MD


CAD comes under scrutiny in breast screening debate

Computer-aided detection (CAD) tools use software to analyze digital or digitized images to find features associated with the target disease.

Chih-chun Wu, MD


Metastatic Adenocarcinoma of Pituitary Gland

A 55-year-old female presented with a one-month history of excessive thirst and polyuria. She had an operation for adenocarcinoma of the lung about 21 months ago.

Christal Robinson


Thigh Mass

Case History: Woman in 7th decade of life presents with right lateral thigh mass.

Christian Fink, MD


MRI expands options in lung assessment

Pulmonary embolism is a common, potentially life-threatening condition.1 Diagnosing PE remains a major challenge because typical symptoms such as dyspnea, tachycardia, acute chest pain, and syncope are unspecific and may not be present in all patients. Imaging therefore plays a pivotal role in establishing a diagnosis.2

Christian Plathow, MD


MRI proves clinical value in lung cancer

Non-small cell lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women and men in the Western Hemisphere. Surgical resection remains the mainstay of therapy in disease at stages I and II, and this treatment has an acceptable morbidity and mortality rate. Imaging is needed for effective treatment planning and accurate diagnosis, including preoperative assessment of resectability.

Christiana Schmitz


Gymnastic complaints extend beyond common growth plate injuries

Adolescent gymnasts are developing a wider variety of arm, wrist, and hand injuries than previously described in gymnast-related medical literature.

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