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CASE OF THE MONTH

March 4, 2008

Diagnostic Imaging.

CASE OF THE MONTH

K.M. Udo Remmes, Ph.D.

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CLINICAL HISTORY

A 41-year-old man complained of inconsistent episodes of right shoulder pain for four weeks. He did not remember experiencing trauma before the first expression of symptoms. The patient’s medical history did not document prior disturbances. The orthopedic surgeon suspected the presence of… Continue

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Cardiologist visits RSNA, a technology wonderland

March 4, 2008

Diagnostic Imaging.

Cardiologist visits RSNA, a technology wonderland

Camel sniffs under tent and likes what it finds, plans to bring fellow camels back next year

JIM ADAMS, M.D.

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I’m not sure I actually felt like the proverbial camel with his nose under the tent. But as a cardiologist attending the 2007 RSNA meeting, I definitely did feel different from how I’ve… Continue

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Contrast-enhanced ultrasound improves diagnosis in some liver cancer cases

March 3, 2008



Contrast-enhanced ultrasound improves diagnosis in some liver cancer cases

Wendy Despain

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Injected contrast improved liver ultrasound sensitivity and specificity in malignant liver lesions, aiding diagnosis in 13.7% of cases in a French study. Researchers concluded that contrast-enhanced ultrasound should be routine practice when considering surgical management of… Continue

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Breast shields, tube current modulation drive down pediatric CT doses

March 3, 2008



Breast shields, tube current modulation drive down pediatric CT doses

H. A. Abella

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The combination of tube current modulation and bismuth shields during pediatric chest CT scanning can reduce radiation dose with a minimal impact on image quality, according to a study by researchers from Duke University and the University of Arkansas. Proper implementation of these… Continue

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Teleradiology RIS demands quicken pulse

March 3, 2008



Teleradiology RIS demands quicken pulse

Douglas Page

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The rising demand for teleradiology-RIS solutions may be the best way to assess the health of teleradiology.



One vendor said the call to organize and manage remote reads and reading services is so loud that teleradiology RIS packages are "selling like hotcakes."



Conventional RIS solutions evolved… Continue

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Digital information systems conference focuses on interoperability and workflow

March 3, 2008



Digital information systems conference focuses on interoperability and workflow

University of Rochester department of imaging sciences

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Problems that affect interoperability, workflow, and communications both within radiology and between radiology and other departments in the enterprise will be the focus of the eighth annual Digital Healthcare Information and Management… Continue

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Cardiac CT wins one battle, but struggle has just begun

May 1, 2008



Cardiac CT wins one battle, but struggle has just begun

James Brice

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Medicare's decision against a national coverage determination for coronary CT angiography is not the end of conflict for the modality. It is just the beginning. The next battle involves fulfilling the promises the multisociety alliance made to assure the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that its… Continue

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Studies establish primacy of uterine fibroid embolization for most patients

February 29, 2008



Studies establish primacy of uterine fibroid embolization for most patients

Sarah Jersild

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Two major studies have concluded that uterine artery embolization is as good as or better than hysterectomy for treatment of uterine fibroids. Embolization patients recovered faster and were hospitalized for less time than patients who underwent hysterectomy or myomectomy.… Continue

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Covering daily news for radiologists keeps this reporter alive and kicking

February 29, 2008

Diagnostic Imaging.

Covering daily news for radiologists keeps this reporter alive and kicking

H. A. Abella

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For a guy like me—a non-native speaker of English—writing daily news stories for U.S. radiologists can be a pretty frightening experience. But just as some people enjoy skydiving and others running with bulls in Spain, I get my adrenaline rush from my… Continue

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fMRI sheds light on diagnosis and management of autism

February 28, 2008



fMRI sheds light on diagnosis and management of autism

H. A. Abella

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Functional MRI can identify brain activity patterns unique to people with autism spectrum disorders, according to a study published in February. Findings suggest that fMRI-based measurements could improve the diagnosis and treatment of these conditions.



Public and scientific interest in… Continue

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WINDS satellite may launch teleradiology into new orbit

February 27, 2008



WINDS satellite may launch teleradiology into new orbit

Douglas Page

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The launch of the experimental Japanese WINDS satellite February 23 could also boost teleradiology into a new ultrahigh-speed communication era.



If the technology proves successful, the geostationary Ka-band communications satellite would offer Internet speeds of up to 1.2 Gbps. Such a… Continue

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Trial finds perfusion-diffusion mismatch can expand time available for tPA stroke treatment

February 27, 2008



Trial finds perfusion-diffusion mismatch can expand time available for tPA stroke treatment

H. A. Abella

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Results of a much-anticipated study gauging tissue plasminogen activator's impact on acute stroke patients with MRI-diagnosed penumbra mismatch suggest it is effective up to six hours after the onset of stroke and its administration could lead to improved… Continue

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Quality review center meets multi-institutional PACS challenges

February 27, 2008



Quality review center meets multi-institutional PACS challenges

Douglas Page

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One of the major challenges in providing management of imaging studies for multi-institutional clinical trials is accommodating image files created by a variety of PACS.



The Quality Assurance Review Center, a research program within the University of Massachusetts Medical School… Continue

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Resources describe NSF risks from gadolinium MR contrast media use

February 26, 2008



Resources describe NSF risks from gadolinium MR contrast media use

James Brice

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Several new resources offer radiologists, nephrologists, and other clinicians answers to many questions associated with nephrogenic systemic fibrosis and gadolinium-based MRI contrast.



Directed by nephrologist Dr. Richard Swartz, University of Michigan researchers have… Continue

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Lower cost ultrasound beats gold standard in assessment of psoriatic arthritis

February 26, 2008



Lower cost ultrasound beats gold standard in assessment of psoriatic arthritis

Wendy Despain

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Standard musculoskeletal ultrasound is better than gold standard radiography at detecting overall joint pathology in the hands and feet of patients with psoriatic arthritis. MR imaging showed marginally better sensitivity at detecting joint effusions and synovitis, while… Continue

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Cheap drug protects against CT contrast-induced nephropathy

February 26, 2008



Cheap drug protects against CT contrast-induced nephropathy

H. A. Abella

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As the number of patients undergoing contrast-enhanced CT scans grows, so does the risk of contrast-induced nephropathy. What can physicians do to protect their patients from kidney damage? Ask them to pop an N-acetylcysteine pill before the exam, according to a study by University of Michigan… Continue

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Sonographer experience translates into fewer unnecessary ovarian tumor surgeries

February 25, 2008



Sonographer experience translates into fewer unnecessary ovarian tumor surgeries

Allison Fromm

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Unnecessary surgeries for suspected, but ultimately benign, ovarian tumors could be reduced if ultrasonography is improved, according to a recent report in The Lancet Oncology. The study showed that the number of surgeries for suspected cancers was significantly higher… Continue

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MRI detects occult breast cancer in Paget’s disease patients

February 22, 2008



MRI detects occult breast cancer in Paget’s disease patients

Marjorie Preston

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Women with Paget's disease of the nipple can be more assured that MRI will detect otherwise hidden malignancies, leading to opportunities for breast conserving therapy, following research from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.



Paget's disease of the… Continue

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Multiphoton microscope tracks plaques in mouse model

February 21, 2008



Multiphoton microscope tracks plaques in mouse model

Don Rauf

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Long considered a sentinel factor for Alzheimer's disease, beta-amyloid proteins can accumulate in the brain in aggregations called senile plaques with amazing speed, affecting neurodegeneration just as readily, according to researchers at Harvard Medical School. Using in vivo multiphoton microscopy, Dr.… Continue

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Ultrasound predicts spontaneous onset of labor and successful delivery in prolonged pregnancies

February 20, 2008



Ultrasound predicts spontaneous onset of labor and successful delivery in prolonged pregnancies

Wendy Despain

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Ultrasound assessment of cervical length in first pregnancies past 41 weeks can serve as an independent predictor of the likelihood of spontaneous labor and successful vaginal delivery. Cervical length was shorter in women who experienced spontaneous onset… Continue

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