Diagnostic Imaging Vol 31 No 4

Radiation dose fears colorcoronary CTA guidelines

April 01, 2009

Citing uncertainties about a linkbetween ionizing radiation and cancer,an American Heart Association expertpanel is advising cardiac imagers to usecoronary multislice CT angiographyonly when its clinical benefits areclearly established.

Private imaging facilitiesgrew at hospitals' expense

April 01, 2009

Use of noninvasive diagnostic imaging at private imaging facilities between 1996 and 2006 skyrocketed while hospitals' share of the imaging market fell, according to a Thomas Jefferson University study.

Disagreement continues to dog screening mammography

April 01, 2009

In a commentary on the mammography controversypublished in Diagnostic Imaging six and ahalf years ago,2 I discussed how two prestigiousgroups of scientists analyzed data from the eightmost commonly recognized clinical trials onscreening mammography conducted to date andarrived at opposite conclusions.

Study offers updated guidelines on useof breast MR imaging

April 01, 2009

Surgical decisions should not be based solely on MRI findings because not all suspicious lesions on MRI are cancer, and suspicious lesions should be biopsied before a surgical plan is devised in order to avoid surgical overtreatment, according to guidelines published in the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

High-risk women benefitfrom mammography, MRI

March 01, 2009

Alternating two screening modalities pays off forwomen with high genetic likelihood of breast cancerAlternating MRI with mammographyevery six months picks up breastcancers missed when mammographyis performed alone for high-riskwomen.

Study blasts agenciesfor radiation standards

March 01, 2009

A study from the Institute for Energy and Environment Research blasted U.S. regulators for relying on radiation protection rules that underestimate exposure risks for women and children because they are based on standards of a “reference man,” a hypothetical 20 to 30-year-old white male.

Mammographers receivewarnings on lidocaine risks

March 01, 2009

The FDA has issued an advisory warning to physicians and patients about potential health risks from topical anesthetic lidocaine used to reduce the discomfort of breast compression during mammography.

Cardiac MR salvage imagingshows therapy benefits

March 01, 2009

Cardiac researchers assessing the benefits of revascularization therapies will operate a little less in the dark thanks to salvage imaging, a new cardiac MR technique that relies on T2-weighted pulse sequences

Study blasts agenciesfor radiation standards

March 01, 2009

A study from the Institute for Energy and Environment Research blasted U.S. regulators for relying on radiation protection rules that underestimate exposure risks for women and children because they are based on standards of a “reference man,” a hypothetical 20 to 30-year-old white male.

Mammographers receivewarnings on lidocaine risks

March 01, 2009

The FDA has issued an advisory warning to physicians and patients about potential health risks from topical anesthetic lidocaine used to reduce the discomfort of breast compression during mammography.