Diagnostic Imaging Vol 32 No 1

Guidelines set admins scrambling

January 25, 2010

A Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposal meant to streamline billing and other imaging management duties could actually backfire and create administrative havoc, according to radiology administrators.

MRI boosts myocardial infarction assessment

January 25, 2010

Combining T2-weighted MRI to detect microvascular obstructions with delayed-enhancement imaging to measure tissue viability offers clinicians a better way to assess myocardial infarction, according to a new study from Japan.

Computer-aided dx breaks through in cardiac CTA

January 25, 2010

Computer-aided detection software developed especially for coronary CT angiography could boost imagers' ability to rule out clinically relevant stenosis in patients at low to moderate risk of coronary artery disease, according to researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina.

CT angiography predicts healing of bone fractures

January 25, 2010

CT angiography could help identify the factors that keep some types of lower extremity fractures from healing faster and better than other, similar lesions, according to Boston University researchers.

Economics, not race, sways mammo follow-up decision

January 25, 2010

African American women take longer to come in for follow-up care after a suspicious breast abnormality is found, according to a study from the University of South Carolina. The problem may have more to do with economics than race.

Learn what you need to know about oncology imaging

January 25, 2010

Despite a complex array of tests for imaging the abdomen, there are really only three things that oncologists need to tell radiologists in order to get the most out of these imaging studies, according to Dr. Fergus V. Coakley, chief of abdominal imaging at the University of California, San Francisco.

Cedars-Sinai accidents stir interest in scanner security

January 25, 2010

In the aftermath of CT-related radiation accidents at the prestigious Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, the FDA, healthcare providers, and manufacturers are taking action to avoid suffering through similar situations themselves.

Study finds back surgery, number of scanners linked

January 25, 2010

Health analysts have long complained that an abundant supply of health facilities, or particular types of physicians, increases the probability for diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to that specialty.

Outpatient imaging audit uncovers quality wasteland

January 25, 2010

An in-depth look at outpatient imaging services in Southeast Michigan has uncovered a wasteland of outpatient imaging where technologists are poorly trained, imaging is interpreted without written records, and films are allowed to pile up in patient waiting rooms.

Studies show how breast US reduces unnecessary biopsies

January 25, 2010

Breast ultrasound is having its moment. Multiple scientific presentations at the 2009 RSNA meeting showed how careful use of ultrasound could allow imagers to so precisely characterize lesions that women could avoid biopsies.

MRI reveals sport-related brain damage

January 25, 2010

The brains of 24 retired National Football League players with known cognitive impairment show signs of damaging atrophy, according to advanced MRI studies described at the 2009 RSNA annual meeting.

Ecstatic informatics group wins high honor for poster

January 25, 2010

Unbridled joy took hold in the normally subdued poster hall during the RSNA meeting when the first purple summa cum laude rosette given by the panel of judges since 1998 was bestowed upon an elated team of IT specialists.

Can you spot the image with the faked aortic dissection?

January 27, 2010

Korean researchers tested the ability of radiologists to spot CT images altered with commercially available software to introduce pathology and found that their skill at doing so is no more certain than a coin flip.