Diagnostic Imaging Vol 30 No 12

Remaking the grade

December 01, 2008

During the annual meeting of the American College ofRadiology in May, several radiologists peppered thegroup's leadership with concerns over controversialplans for a sweeping overhaul of the certification examinationprocess.

CT angiography helps planendovascular aneurysm repair

December 01, 2008

CT angiography of the abdominal aorta is a wellacceptedmodality in the evaluation of bothaneurismal and occlusive disease. In patientswith abdominal aorta aneurysms, it has a major rolein all stages of evaluation.

European hospitals cope with Mo-99 supply crisis

December 01, 2008

Nuclear medicine services in 20European countries, the U.S., andCanada are learning to cope with thepotential daily disruptions in the normalsupply of molybdenum-99 fromthe forced shutdown of the High FluxReactor in Petten, the Netherlands.

Are the changes beneficial or even needed?

December 01, 2008

The wide-ranging debate within the pages of two of radiology's leadingpeer-reviewed journals includes proposals for yet another dramaticapproach to reforming the residency and testing process: cutting residencyto three years and moving clinical training to a year of fellowship.

Ultrasound unveils sourceof stump pain in amputees

December 01, 2008

High-resolution sonography can accuratelydetect the causes of residual limbpain in amputees, according to Britishresearchers, who found that ultrasoundcan guide proper treatment andrehabilitation, help educate patientsabout their condition, and even helpwith design and fitting of prostheses.

Financial crisis squashesdemand for new scanners

December 01, 2008

As 2008 drew to a close, so did demandin the U.S. for imaging equipment.The timing couldn't be worse.The crisis in the U.S. credit marketsfelled an already stumbling market forcapital equipment such as MR andCT. Vendors began feeling the pinchin the first half of the year, reflecting adownturn that began last year.

Radiology can find reassurance on sunny side of Obama's change

December 01, 2008

Change may be the byword for the historic election of Sen. Barack Obama as president, but the type of change Obama may bring to the White House won't necessarily be accompanied by the uncertainties and anxieties that come with a sharp departure from the past.

3T MR beats 1.5T for ulnar wrist pain imaging

December 01, 2008

The orthopedic world of tiny structures and joints presents unique challenges in diagnostic imaging. With traditional 1.5T scanning, spatial resolution, imaging speed, and signal-tonoise ratios have left orthopedists wanting more. A new study indicates the move to advanced 3T imaging might be ideal for orthopedics.

Society starts molecularimaging trials network

December 01, 2008

The SNM has announcedthe formation of theMolecular Imaging ClinicalTrials Network, a multi-institutionaleffort to establishscientifically sound, efficientways to evaluate proposedclinical applicationsof biomarker imaging.

fMRI links defective brainwiring, high risk of obesity

December 01, 2008

Women with a weakened brain "reward circuitry" are at increased risk of weight gain over time and potential obesity, according to two studies from researchers at the University of Oregon. The risk increases for women who also have a gene associated with compromised dopamine signaling in the brain.

Feds push states to abolishcertificate of need regs

December 01, 2008

The U.S. Department of Justice and theFederal Trade Commission are pressuring stategovernments to repeal certificate of need lawsmeant to control healthcare costs by regulatingthe purchase of capital equipment, suchas MRI technology and CT scanners.

Age bows out as factor forrecurrence in DCIS patients

December 01, 2008

Younger women with ductal carcinoma insitu have traditionally been held to have ahigher risk of recurrence than older womenwith the condition. A new study from FoxChase Cancer Center inPhiladelphia, however,challenges this view.

Wine-based antioxidantmay shield against radiation

December 01, 2008

What could be better? A little wine, a littlecheese-with a side of radiation protection.University of Pittsburgh researchers arestudying the radiation protective propertiesof resveratrol, a natural antioxidant commonlyfound in red wine and many plants.

Molecular imaging scientist shares Nobel Prize for Chemistry

December 01, 2008

Roger Tsien, Ph.D., addressed the media Oct. 8 after learning he would share the 2008 Nobel Prize for Chemistry with Osamu Shimomura, Ph.D., and Martin Chalfie, Ph.D., for the discovery and application of green fluorescent protein as a tagging tool in bioscience and molecular imaging.