Radiologists too often are either unwilling or unable to interpret screening mammography exams, so breast surgeons should learn the specialty and fill in when needed, an international speaker told a group of breast surgeons recently.
Although most hernias involving the anterior abdominal wall or groin can be diagnosed easily by inspection and palpation, imaging is the principal means of detecting internal, diaphragmatic, and other nonpalpable or unsuspected hernias.1,2
Reducing the number of breast biopsies by better classifying suspicious lesions noninvasively could improve healthcare and cut healthcare costs, laudable goals in the current era of healthcare-and economic-reform.
Breast-specific gamma imaging is highly accurate in monitoring the response of breast cancers to neoadjuvant chemotherapy, according to a study presented at the American Society of Breast Surgeons' annual meeting in Las Vegas.
Having a pathologist onsite during ultrasound-guided thyroid biopsies can decrease the number of repeat biopsies performed due to an inadequate sample, according to a study presented at the American Roentgen Ray Society annual meeting.
On Jan. 24, 2009, newly sworn in President Obama uttered a bold promise: “To lower healthcare costs, cut medical errors, and improve care, we'll computerize the nation's health records in five years, saving billions of dollars in healthcare costs and countless lives.
The topic of electronic brain atlases was first discussed in Diagnostic Imaging Asia Pacific almost a decade ago (see “Electronic brain atlases show value in brain studies,” June 2001, page 35). The article featured four atlases and addressed the potential of this innovation.
The adoption of digital technologies and IT in healthcare, and the consequent growth in the volume of patient data, presents hospitals with significant challenges in terms of data storage and obsolescence management.