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September 2008 Blog Posts (86)

Optimal planning aids avoidance of vessels

September 30, 2008

Diagnostic Imaging.

Optimal planning aids avoidance of vessels

Minimizing areas of resection benefits patient but requires precise localization, identification of lesions

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The complexity of the liver can make the removal of pathology difficult. The organ's dual blood supply gives it many vascular structures to avoid. So when surgery is planned, practitioners must have… Continue

Added by Diagnostic Imaging on September 30, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Liver MR protocols address fibrosis threat

September 30, 2008

Diagnostic Imaging.

Liver MR protocols address fibrosis threat

Careful screening and a variety of contrast agents offer clinicians safe options for at-risk patients

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The apparent link between nephrogenic systemic fibrosis and certain gadolinium-containing MR contrast media has led to a tightening of procedures in radiology departments worldwide. Steps have been… Continue

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Lesion identification taps new strategies

September 30, 2008

Diagnostic Imaging.

Lesion identification taps new strategies

Liver's 500 separate functions and dual blood supply lead to unique clinical challenges

Paula Gould

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The largest solid organ in the human body and the largest gland, the liver dominates the field of abdominal radiology. Its complex arrangements for blood supply-drawing on not one but two separate… Continue

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Interventional options open palliative avenues

September 30, 2008

Diagnostic Imaging.

Interventional options open palliative avenues

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The options available for treating focal liver disease are expanding. For patients with advanced disease who are seeking temporary relief rather than restoration of full health, or those who want a downstaging solution to make them eligible for surgery, interventional radiologists have plenty to… Continue

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Functional techniques promise fast follow-up

September 30, 2008

Diagnostic Imaging.

Functional techniques promise fast follow-up

CT remains primary modality over MR, but choice depends on nature of cancer therapy being monitored

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Cancer is being tackled from a host of new directions. Traditional methods of curing and controlling malignancy through surgery, systemic chemotherapy, and radiotherapy are no longer the only story. The… Continue

Added by Diagnostic Imaging on September 30, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

European radioisotope supply woes continue

September 30, 2008



European radioisotope supply woes continue

James Brice

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The High Flux Reactor in Petten, the Netherlands, the primary source for the molybdenum-99 crucial to diagnostic nuclear imaging in Europe, will remain shut down until at least the end of November while officials devise a strategy to plug a gas leak.



The facility's operator, the Nuclear Research and… Continue

Added by Diagnostic Imaging on September 30, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

ESUR 2008 - Exclusive interview with Dr. Ullrich Mueller-Lisse, a Leading Expert Radiologist in Urogenital Radiology and Organizer of the European Society of Urogenital Radiology

Earlier this month, at the European Society of Urogenital Radiology Annual Meeting of 2008, some 270 radiologists from 33 countries gathered in Munich, Germany, to discuss recent advancements in urogenital radiology research and their implementation into daily clinical routine. radRounds brings to you extensive coverage of this exciting event, starting with an interview with Dr. Ullrich Mueller-Lisse, the “man behind the ESUR 2008… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on September 30, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

RBMA Conference: Managing Legal Exposure in Radiology

RBMA Conference: Managing Legal Exposure in Radiology



October 15-17, 2008



The Law.

Black, White or Shades of Gray?



When it comes to staying legal, the answers should be black or white. However, in radiology there are times when things may fall into the gray area. Do you know what to do to stay compliant and within the law?



The two-day seminar will address the gray areas and outline how to stay within… Continue

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

Featured Website/Partner: RadiologyinThai.com

We'd like to take this opportunity to let you know about a very well designed and well written blog by a group of radiologists lead by Dr. Rathachai Kaewla of Massachusetts General Hospital. We will also be featuring featured posts on radRounds.





Per radiologyinthai.com, "we gather to create this website with an ultimate goal of "to give knowledge in radiology". This knowledge is not only in medical diseases, imaging techniques, but… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on September 28, 2008 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Radiologists remain on top of salary pyramid

September 26, 2008



Radiologists remain on top of salary pyramid

Rebekah Moan

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Radiologists continue to be among the highest paid physicians, and the specialty has the fewest number of vacancies, according to a research letter recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.



Dr. Mark H. Ebell, a professor and assistant to the provost at the University… Continue

Added by Diagnostic Imaging on September 26, 2008 at 10:00pm — No Comments

DRA drove down imaging costs by $1.7 billion in 2007

September 26, 2008



DRA drove down imaging costs by $1.7 billion in 2007

Rebekah Moan

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The General Accountability Office released a report on Sept. 26 that found reforms mandated by the 2005 Deficit Reduction Act cut Medicare Part B spending on medical imaging by $1.7 billion in 2007.



The decline is a dramatic reversal from previous years. From 2000 to 2006, Medicare… Continue

Added by Diagnostic Imaging on September 26, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

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Added by András Székely on September 26, 2008 at 2:52pm — 3 Comments

Zerhouni announces resignation as NIH chief

September 24, 2008



Zerhouni announces resignation as NIH chief

James Brice

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Dr. Elias A. Zerhouni, the first board-certified radiologist to direct the National Institutes of Health, has announced that he will resign as chief of the giant medical research agency at the end of October 2008.



Zerhouni was radiology director at John Hopkins University Medical Center in May 2002… Continue

Added by Diagnostic Imaging on September 24, 2008 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Feds pressure states to kill certificate of need programs

September 24, 2008



Feds pressure states to kill certificate of need programs

Laura Newman

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The U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission are pressuring state governments to repeal Certificate of Need laws that have lingered as a way to control healthcare costs by regulating health facility establishment, expansion, and purchase of capital equipment, such as MRI… Continue

Added by Diagnostic Imaging on September 24, 2008 at 10:00pm — No Comments

RTOG Study Finds Less Salivary Gland Toxicity in Patients Treated with IMRT for Oropharyngeal Cancer

Boston – A multicenter trial testing intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) for patients with early stage oropharyngeal cancer showed a reduction in long-term salivary toxicity while achieving good tumor control according to new research from the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) presented at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) 50th Annual Meeting in Boston. RTOG, an NCI-funded national clinical trials… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on September 24, 2008 at 7:00am — No Comments

Report from ARRS: Three-T MR alone avoids complications of contrast-enhanced MR arthrography

September 23, 2008



Report from ARRS: Three-T MR alone avoids complications of contrast-enhanced MR arthrography

H. A. Abella

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A Duke University study has established that unenhanced 3T MR imaging can deliver the same diagnostic accuracy as contrast-enhanced 3T MR arthrography of the shoulder, but without the associated pain, radiation, and risk of adverse contrast… Continue

Added by Diagnostic Imaging on September 23, 2008 at 10:00pm — No Comments

MRI reveals inner ear anomalies in children with hearing loss

September 22, 2008



MRI reveals inner ear anomalies in children with hearing loss

Archives of Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery





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A study involving the imaging histories of more than 200 children with sensorineural hearing loss recommends MRI instead of CT for identifying soft-tissue defects associated with inner ear anomalies. Sensorineural hearing loss affects… Continue

Added by Diagnostic Imaging on September 22, 2008 at 10:00pm — No Comments

RTOG Study: Changes in Gene Expression during Treatment Predict Future Response for Cervical Cancer Patients

Boston – Changes in gene expression during chemoradiation can predict the likelihood of response to therapy for women with locally advanced cervical cancer according to new research from the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) presented at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) 50th Annual Meeting in Boston. RTOG, an NCI-funded national clinical trials group, is a clinical research component of the American College of… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on September 22, 2008 at 11:30am — No Comments

Review of Huda Physics Review Course, Summer 2008

We recently had a chance to speak to residents regarding the Huda Physics Review Course, sponsored by the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Department of CME. This course was held in Chicago and Boston this year.



MEETING DESCRIPTION:


Huda Physics Review covers essential issues relating to the formation of radiological images for all imaging modalities. Factors that affect image quality and patient safety will be emphasized. Radiological images will be used to explain… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on September 21, 2008 at 12:30pm — No Comments

CT colonography’s proven clinical worth now invites reimbursement

September 19, 2008



CT colonography’s proven clinical worth now invites reimbursement

H. A. Abella

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What radiologists gleefully celebrated almost a year ago has been officially validated for the entire medical community by The New England Journal of Medicine: CT colonography is an accurate alternative to colonoscopy to detect suspicious polyps and is primed for colorectal cancer… Continue

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

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