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Reasons for computed or digital radiography vary, but both do the job

February 12, 2008

Diagnostic Imaging.

Reasons for computed or digital radiography vary, but both do the job

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Most U.S. healthcare facilities have digital imaging technology in the form of either CR or DR. The decision is not when to go digital, but which technology is the most appropriate for each location.



Faced with limited budgets and space and other constraints, managers must… Continue

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Labor bureau predicts end for chronic tech shortage

February 12, 2008



Labor bureau predicts end for chronic tech shortage

Marjorie Preston

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Workforce projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics suggest the supply of imaging and radiation oncology technologists may exceed demand by 2016, despite a flat school enrollment. A study by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists suggests that, if BLS forecasts are accurate,… Continue

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

February 19, 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 of… Continue

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Ultrasound matches MRI and gold standard tests in detecting extent of Crohn’s disease

February 11, 2008



Ultrasound matches MRI and gold standard tests in detecting extent of Crohn’s disease

Wendy Despain

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Color Doppler flow and sonographic wall thickness are as good as — and in some cases better than — contrast MRI for showing the extent of Crohn's disease. Both ultrasound and MRI match clinical results from barium studies, surgery, and colonoscopy.



Dr.… Continue

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Echocardiography society issues new guidelines for carotid ultrasound

February 11, 2008



Echocardiography society issues new guidelines for carotid ultrasound

H. A. Abella

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The American Society of Echocardiography has issued a new consensus statement for interpreting and responding to results of carotid artery ultrasound. The guidelines set carotid artery wall thickness values greater than the 75th percentile as the threshold for aggressive treatment.… Continue

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Study challenges night call ban for first-year residents

February 8, 2008

Diagnostic Imaging.

Study challenges night call ban for first-year residents

Change in eligibility requirements to 12 months of residency training could affect smaller programs

Sarah Jersild

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The decision may have been made, but the war of words surrounding the Resident Review Committee for Radiology's resolution to change call eligibility requirements from six to 12… Continue

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Roper St. Francis gains advantages from CR/DR

February 8, 2008

Diagnostic Imaging.

Roper St. Francis gains advantages from CR/DR

Achieving optimal cost and time efficiencies requires proper blending of both systems

By Michael Ricciardone and Betty Ward

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Managing CR and DR implementations is a carefully orchestrated effort at Roper St. Francis Healthcare in Charleston, SC. Our healthcare system includes two hospitals in Charleston… Continue

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NightHawk’s Berger donates $1.5 million to RSNA scholarship fund

February 8, 2008



NightHawk’s Berger donates $1.5 million to RSNA scholarship fund

James Brice

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Dr. Paul E. Berger, founder and CEO of NightHawk Radiology Services, has donated $1.5 million to the RSNA's Research and Education Foundation to endow the Derek Harwood-Nash Scholar Grant. The donation is the largest gift to the fund by a single member in the 24-year history of the… Continue

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MeritCare Health seeks lower dose, faster diagnosis

February 8, 2008

Diagnostic Imaging.

MeritCare Health seeks lower dose, faster diagnosis

On plains of North Dakota, digital systems make sense, as PACS can transmit to a centralized point

By Cathy Holmen, RT(R), and Brent Colby



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The MeritCare Health System is committed to using digital imaging technology to deliver better patient care. Our two hospitals in the Fargo, ND,… Continue

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Children’s ATV injuries show consistent patterns

February 8, 2008

Diagnostic Imaging.

Children’s ATV injuries show consistent patterns

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Researchers have identified patterns to injuries suffered by chil­dren in all-terrain ve­hi­cles that might help radio­logists better diagnose the children's trauma.



Dr. Chetan C. Shah, a radiology fellow, and colleagues reviewed the records of 500 con­secutive children (six months to 19 years old)… Continue

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Three-D techniques showcase the pancreas and biliary

February 7, 2008

Diagnostic Imaging.

Three-D techniques showcase the pancreas and biliary

Advanced postprocessing aids diagnosis and surgical planning and helps radiologists problem-solve and communicate with referrers

By Eric P. Tamm, M.D., Aparna Balachandran, M.D., Priya Bhosale, M.D., and Janio Szklaruk, M.D., Ph.D.

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The advent of multislice CT, advanced computer workstations, and… Continue

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Teleradiology laws lag behind growth of modality

February 7, 2008

Diagnostic Imaging.

Teleradiology laws lag behind growth of modality

Clinicians’ concerns include lack of international guidelines for images and readers and appropriate cross-border regulations and accreditation

John Bonner

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Teleradiology has matured into a significant and effective element of the healthcare system in Europe. But the legal framework needed to safeguard… Continue

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Sonologists, ER physicians get joint FAST guidelines

February 7, 2008

Diagnostic Imaging.

Sonologists, ER physicians get joint FAST guidelines

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The guideline for the performance of focused assessment with sonography in trauma (FAST) examination describes clinical indications that call for the study. It also lists the qualifications for physicians performing the exam, quality control and safety standards, and technical require;ments for specific… Continue

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Siemens prepares x-ray tube to encircle patients

February 7, 2008

Diagnostic Imaging.

Siemens prepares x-ray tube to encircle patients

Novel volumetric design promises faster scans than traditional mechanical CT gantry approach

Greg Freiherr

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Siemens Healthcare is out to change the x-ray tube, which has hardly evolved from the pairing a century ago of anode and cathode inside a bulbous vacuum tube. With Xintek, a small company in… Continue

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Screening tackles hidden cardiovascular disease in retired football pros

February 7, 2008



Screening tackles hidden cardiovascular disease in retired football pros

H. A. Abella

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The colossal linemen of the National Football League and large folks in general may have more in common than their size. Everyone who weighs more than 300 pounds is more than twice as likely as a lighter person to die from a heart attack or stroke, according to a study sponsored by… Continue

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Portable CT KOs doubt of brain injuries in boxers

February 7, 2008

Diagnostic Imaging.

Portable CT KOs doubt of brain injuries in boxers

C.P. Kaiser

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Researchers aligned with the Nevada State Athletic Commission have found that use of a portable CT scanner can effectively screen professional boxers for intracranial hemorrhage following matches.



Acute subdural hematoma is the most common injury in boxing and the leading cause of… Continue

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Philips prepares hybrid for digital mammography entry

February 7, 2008

Diagnostic Imaging.

Philips prepares hybrid for digital mammography entry

Blend of CR and flat-panel technologies promises

Greg Freiherr

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Philips Medical Systems has been noticeably absent in digital mammography, at least in the U.S. This could change as early as the second half of 2008 if the FDA approves the computed radiography component of a novel mammography system… Continue

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PET/CT require new criteria to hone treatment

February 7, 2008

Diagnostic Imaging.

PET/CT require new criteria to hone treatment

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Integrated PET/CT scanners entered clinical practice in 2001. Their quasisimultaneous acquisition of complementary anatomic and functional information has revolutionized diagnosis and treatment monitoring for many oncological diseases.



PET/CT has the advantage of acquiring whole-body examinations in a… Continue

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PACS simulator helps ready residents for rigors of call

February 7, 2008

Diagnostic Imaging.

PACS simulator helps ready residents for rigors of call

Approach mimics variety of cases but can also be used to gain competency for new modalities

Douglas Page

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Call preparation consists of lectures, case conferences, core rotations, independent reading, and review of teaching files. A simulator developed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical… Continue

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New technologies put the squeeze on us rads

February 7, 2008

Diagnostic Imaging.

New technologies put the squeeze on us rads

Generalists out, rubber stampers in, hours expand, contract—what else is new at RSNA?

Bradley M. Tipler, M.D.

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My goals and objectives while attending the annual RSNA meeting have evolved over the years. I used to cram my daily schedule with refresher courses and scientific paper sessions. In recent years,… Continue

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