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June 2008 Blog Posts (74)

Sonologists produce sweeping agreement on ultrasound bioeffects

June 27, 2008



Sonologists produce sweeping agreement on ultrasound bioeffects

H. A. Abella

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Ultrasound experts have challenged their colleagues and regulatory agencies to scientifically validate the benefits and risks of clinical sonography.



An American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine consensus report calls on the FDA to open a scientifically valid process for modifying… Continue

Added by Diagnostic Imaging on June 27, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Senate fails to pass legislation to avoid physician payment cuts

June 27, 2008



Senate fails to pass legislation to avoid physician payment cuts

H. A. Abella

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Congress may not meet a July 1 deadline to avoid a 10.6% cut in Medicare physician payments after the Senate fell two votes short of the 60 needed late June 26 to cut off debate clearing the way for a final decision on the floor.



Despite dire predictions, the bill may be back for a… Continue

Added by Diagnostic Imaging on June 27, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Imaging thrives by making connections

June 27, 2008

Diagnostic Imaging.

Imaging thrives by making connections

Politics and the science of diagnostic imaging intermingle in the first half of 2008

James Brice

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The first six months of 2008 demonstrated the connectivity of diagnostic imaging.



Groundbreaking clinical research often has a multifaceted influence. It may establish or confirm the efficacy of a promising… Continue

Added by Diagnostic Imaging on June 27, 2008 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Some cool cases by Michele Anzidei - MR Animations

Thanks Michele! Here are some cool animated cases posted by our Dr. Anzidei!





Find more videos like this on radRounds…

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Added by radRounds Radiology Network on June 27, 2008 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Multiframe algorithm addresses image integrity

June 26, 2008



Multiframe algorithm addresses image integrity

Douglas Page

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Most schemes that address medical image integrity and authenticity deal only with single frame images and lack satisfactory solutions for multiframe modalities. Recent work in Brazil achieves viable integrity of n-frame medical images, such as x-ray angiography or intravascular ultrasound.



"We offer… Continue

Added by Diagnostic Imaging on June 26, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

radRound's readingRoom: Featuring interesting cases, presentations, and more!

radRounds has launched the readingRoom, a section of the website that will feature interesting cases, presentations, and other useful education material. If you would like to contribute any open, creative commons licensed, non-copyrighted material to share on radRounds--please let us know or simply email your submission to readingroom@radRounds.com. We will also feature… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on June 26, 2008 at 7:23am — 2 Comments

New device provides e-mail ECG service

June 25, 2008



New device provides e-mail ECG service

Douglas Page

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Recent advancements in electrocardiogram recording and encryption allow digital storage and secure e-mail transmission, reducing report turnaround time by two to three weeks.



One PC-based recorder developed in Scotland provides a 12-lead ECG in an encrypted file sufficiently small to be transmitted easily by… Continue

Added by Diagnostic Imaging on June 25, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Milk may outperform barium as GI contrast medium

June 25, 2008



Milk may outperform barium as GI contrast medium

H. A. Abella

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Researchers have found that whole milk is as effective a contrast agent as the standard barium suspension given orally to patients undergoing CT of the gastrointestinal tract. Barium cannot compete with milk in cost or taste.



Optimal GI imaging depends on adequate bowel distention. High-attenuation oral… Continue

Added by Diagnostic Imaging on June 25, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

For teleradiology revolution, press ‘1’ now

June 25, 2008



For teleradiology revolution, press ‘1’ now

Douglas Page

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A radical new teleradiology concept centered on cell phone technology may one day provide medical imaging to millions of people in areas currently underserved by medicine. The new approach replaces the conventional stand-alone medical imaging device with a new imaging system consisting of remote acquisition and… Continue

Added by Diagnostic Imaging on June 25, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Radiology societies seek Medicare coverage for CT colonography

June 24, 2008



Radiology societies seek Medicare coverage for CT colonography

H. A. Abella

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Several radiology-related professional societies have joined forces to urge the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to approve national Medicare coverage for CT colonography to screen patients for colorectal cancer.



The American College of Radiology, the Society of… Continue

Added by Diagnostic Imaging on June 24, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Bedside ultrasound provides easy way to monitor lungs of heart failure patients

June 24, 2008



Bedside ultrasound provides easy way to monitor lungs of heart failure patients

Wendy Despain

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Bedside ultrasound can be a valuable diagnostic tool for monitoring pulmonary congestion in patients with acute decompensated heart failure. As the heart weakens, fluid backs up into the lungs, and critical patients could benefit greatly by being monitored for their condition… Continue

Added by Diagnostic Imaging on June 24, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Salvage radiotherapy boosts disease-free survival in prostate cancer patients

June 23, 2008



Salvage radiotherapy boosts disease-free survival in prostate cancer patients

Shalmali Pal

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Treatment inside a two-year window and a prostate-specific antigen doubling time of less than six months may be the key factors in optimizing salvage radiotherapy results for recurrent prostate cancer, according to investigators from the Brady Urological Institute at Johns Hopkins… Continue

Added by Diagnostic Imaging on June 23, 2008 at 9:00pm — No Comments

radRounds MRI Fellowship Directory!

We have created an MRI fellowship directory by popular request by some of our residents. Here is the link to the MRI fellowship directory. It is a work in progress but we believe it has the best MR fellowships listed. If you know of more, please let us know!! We will include it asap. Our goal is to make it the most updated MRI fellowship available on the web.…

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Added by radRounds Radiology Network on June 22, 2008 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Ultrasound weighs fracture risks for elderly women

June 20, 2008



Ultrasound weighs fracture risks for elderly women

H. A. Abella

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An Achilles' heel may not be such a bad thing after all. Data from a prospective study performed in Switzerland on more than 6000 women showed that an ultrasound scan of the heel, combined with other clinical parameters, may predict the risk of fractures in elderly women afflicted by… Continue

Added by Diagnostic Imaging on June 20, 2008 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Mammography database of African American women addresses breast cancer disparities

June 20, 2008



Mammography database of African American women addresses breast cancer disparities

Douglas Page

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The rate of decline in breast cancer rates over the past decade has been smaller among African American women than the general population, despite improved screening techniques.



African American women are more likely to develop cancer before age 35 and more likely… Continue

Added by Diagnostic Imaging on June 20, 2008 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Nomograms for everyone

June 19, 2008



Nomograms for everyone

Greg Freiherr

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The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center has come up with a mathematical modeling system that can predict the probability of a patient with renal cancer being cancer-free 12 years after initial surgical treatment. This nomogram considers sex, the presence or absence of symptoms, radiological data, and the size of the… Continue

Added by Diagnostic Imaging on June 19, 2008 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Intraoperative angiography proves worth for brain aneurysm clipping

June 19, 2008



Intraoperative angiography proves worth for brain aneurysm clipping

H. A. Abella

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A decade-long study of more than 1000 patients has shown strong evidence that the use of angiography during intracranial brain aneurysm surgery is safe and useful to evaluate the surgery's success. It can alter management in more than 12% of cases.



Neurosurgeons have long tried… Continue

Added by Diagnostic Imaging on June 19, 2008 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Report from SNM: Society protests Medicare reimbursement policies

June 18, 2008



Report from SNM: Society protests Medicare reimbursement policies

James Brice

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Society of Nuclear Medicine officials say the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is manipulating the definition of radiopharmaceuticals to artificially deflate its payment rates for radioactive imaging agents essential to nuclear and molecular imaging practice. SNM opposition to the… Continue

Added by Diagnostic Imaging on June 18, 2008 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Study validates low-cost analog teleradiology

June 17, 2008



Study validates low-cost analog teleradiology

Douglas Page

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German researchers have found that a technically simple low-cost teleradiology system is sufficient to provide appropriate treatment of trauma, stroke, and intracerebral hematoma patients. It could help offset the rising cost of healthcare.



A paper documenting five years of experience with the system… Continue

Added by Diagnostic Imaging on June 17, 2008 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Report from SNM: PET avoids unnecessary liver resection for metastatic colon cancer

June 17, 2008



Report from SNM: PET avoids unnecessary liver resection for metastatic colon cancer

James Brice

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Liver resection for metastatic colon cancer is painful and debilitating enough, without a patient's subsequent discovery that the surgery did nothing to halt disease progression. A multicenter prospective trial presented Monday at the Society of Nuclear Medicine conference in New… Continue

Added by Diagnostic Imaging on June 17, 2008 at 10:00pm — No Comments

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