Diagnostic Imaging Vol 31 No 1

When the RSNA throws the book at us, we read it all

January 01, 2009

At 1186 pages, much of it in agate (very small) type, the RSNA 2008 program book is a pretty imposing document. Few people or organizations can claim to have reviewed most of it. But the Diagnostic Imaging news team did.

California blamesoperator errorfor CT incident

January 01, 2009

The California Department of PublicHealth has determined that excessiveradiation exposure to a two-year-oldboy who was allegedly subjected to151 CT scans while in the machinefor 65 minutes, leaving him with radiationburns on his face and head, wasdue to “operator error” by the radiologictechnologist.

Is this radiology's best connected couple?

January 01, 2009

If it's free, highly relevant to radiology, and on the Internet, you can probably gain access to it through the site www.radiologyeducation.com, thanks to the wife and husband team of Drs. Donna and Michael D'Alessandro.

CMS hesitates to approvePET for cancer despite data

January 01, 2009

Despite data indicating PET can influence the management of cancer patients regardless of their cancer type, National Oncologic PET Registry scientists faced a setback when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reviewed a request for expanded coverage.

Economic woes affect attendance

January 01, 2009

A big drop in exhibitor attendance led to an overall 5% decline in the number ofpeople who attended the 2008 RSNA meeting. Audited totals released by the RSNAafter the end of sessions on Dec. 5 indicate that 58,795 people attended the weeklongscientific assembly and meeting.

Database mining unearthssecrets about imaging use

January 01, 2009

Having mastered the basic process of digitizing, storing, and retrieving medical images and reports, radiologists are now turning their attention to analyzing vast collections of the data to uncover clinical and practice trends.

Rads lose procedure volumeto cardiologists, surgeons

January 01, 2009

As percutaneous transluminal angioplasty and stent placement replace bypass surgery in the treatment of peripheral arterial disease, cardiologists and surgeons now are performing far more of the procedures than radiologists

Occult infarction presages major event

January 01, 2009

Dr. Stephan Miller and colleagues at the University of Tübingen in Germany have discovered that silent myocardial infarction raises the likelihood of a future major cardiac event for 14% of patients with symptomatic peripheral vascular disease evaluated with MRA.

January 01, 2009

A large Italian study suggests that ultrasoundcan predict the risk of stroke in mostlyasymptomatic patients based on theassessment of carotid artery plaque morphology,not just the degree of stenosis.Sonographic surveillance of plaque evolutioncould boost stroke prevention.

Brain imaging finds whypeople overbid at auctions

January 01, 2009

New York University neuroscientists and economists have combined functional MRI with behavioral economic research to discover why people tend to overbid for products sold at auction: fear of losing a social competition.

'Yes we can' changeour minds about reform

January 01, 2009

"Arrrgh!! Two hours onthis motor vehicle accidentcase with CTs ofthe head, face, chest, abdomen,pelvis, lower extremities, andcervical, thoracic, and lumbarspine for numerous injuries, andnow I find out the patient hasno insurance. He'll be in theICU-studied every day-formonths, and we won't get acent."

'Image Gently'program expandsbeyond pediatrics

January 01, 2009

The Alliance for Radiation Safety inPediatric Imaging is expanding thescope of its Image Gently campaign.Efforts to protect children from unnecessaryexposure to CT scanningradiation won an endorsement byCareCore National, a radiology benefitsmanagement company that willapply the campaign's guidelines to itsnetwork.

True value comes to digital imagingvia mining of medical databases

January 01, 2009

For most of the past 15 years or so, radiologistsjoining the digital revolution havefocused on getting their images into thePACS-and out again, properly annotated witha report. For many today, that's still the primaryfunction of a RIS and PACS.

MR, CT vendors hit rangeof price-performance points

January 01, 2009

The makers of CT and MR scanners opened the spigot of new introductions at RSNA 2008. They flooded the exhibit floor with products: some premium systems, others optimized to hit particular price points or address clinical niches.

Physicians appreciate valueof decision-support system

January 01, 2009

Physicians and insurers have joined forces in Minnesota to create an entry decision-support system that promises to improve the quality of physician referrals for high-tech medical imaging while linking the process to webbased electronic medical records.

SPECT trial helpssolve mysteryof fibromyalgia

January 01, 2009

Millions of adults who suffer from chronic pain may no longer need to bear the added burden of wondering if their discomfort originates from a condition called fibromyalgia rather than depression or anxiety.

Radiation dose reductionthemes color RSNA 2008

January 01, 2009

Not long ago, our approach to treating difficultmetastatic tumors was to “spray and pray.” Weknew that chemotherapy and other traditionaltreatment approaches could cause great damageand had a limited chance of successfully destroyingthe entire tumor.

Multislice CT closes inon emergency triage role

January 01, 2009

Cardiac imaging researchers are validatingbroader clinical roles for 64-slice and dual-source CT while introducingthe radiological world to evenmore powerful machines that promiseto lower radiation exposure andimprove resolution.

Real-time elasticity findingsimprove breast specificity

January 01, 2009

Ultrasound has long been an efficient and usefuladjunct technique for breast imaging. It is thefirst modality to be proposed in some situations:if a young or pregnant woman has a palpablemass, for example, or immediately after surgery.

Targeted therapies gain groundon hard-to-treat liver tumors

January 01, 2009

Not long ago, our approach to treating difficultmetastatic tumors was to "spray and pray." Weknew that chemotherapy and other traditionaltreatment approaches could cause great damageand had a limited chance of successfully destroyingthe entire tumor.