Diagnostic Imaging Vol 31 No 10

Radiologists back universal coverage, pan 'public option'

October 06, 2009

In an online survey conducted by Diagnostic Imaging, members of the diagnostic radiology community expressed strong support for the idea that healthcare reform should guarantee access to care for most or all U.S. residents.

Calcium scoring fills imaging triage role

October 06, 2009

Coronary artery calcium scoring has been tested at the University of Western Ontario to flag nuclear myocardial perfusion scans that missed the presence of three-vessel coronary artery disease, and to triage patients who need coronary CT angiography or cardiac catheterization.

Physicians question value of breast cancer legislation

October 06, 2009

Radiologists and surgeons doubt the potential value of federal legislation aimed at improved breast cancer awareness among young women and more extensive disease management for patients who undergo breast surgery.

Image Gently addresses IR to reduce bad practices

October 06, 2009

Expansion of the Image Gently radiation reduction campaign to interventional radiology has coincided with a disturbing study from the International Atomic Energy Agency indicating that image-guided interventions performed in developing countries are exposing patients to extraordinary levels of ionizing radiation.

Postprocedural complication of vertebroplasty

October 06, 2009

A 60-year-old woman, diagnosed with lung adenocarcinoma, sought medical relief for intense back pain. The neurological exam revealed a slight deficit in strength and degree of left leg extension, without tone or sensibility deficits or atrophy of the lower extremities.

Physicians should seize malpractice reform opportunity

October 06, 2009

In his Sept. 9 address to a joint session of Congress, President Obama opened the door to a discussion of changes in the medical malpractice system, saying he was instructing the Department of Health and Human Services to revive an idea from the Bush administration

Hospitals sidestep leasing despite credit crunch

October 06, 2009

Results of a survey of hospital-based radiology practice directors suggest the credit crunch that has accompanied the national recession does not appear to have promoted interest among hospital administrators in leasing as an option for obtaining new medical equipment.

Adding CT contrast policy to EMR enhances safety

October 06, 2009

Partners Healthcare System in Boston has integrated CT contrast media guidelines into its electronic medical record to encourage physicians to comply with the safety standards and to cut costs for the hospitals in its network.

International effort leads to free journal access

October 06, 2009

The International Society of Radiology has launched Global Outreach Radiology, a program that aims to allow radiologists in developing nations to view selected practical educational articles from peer-reviewed journals online at no charge.

Digital mammo tops film for DCIS diagnosis

October 06, 2009

The largest study to date comparing film-screen and full-field digital mammography found the digital approach better for visualizing microcalcifications deemed crucial to diagnosing ductal carcinoma in situ.