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RadRounds Radiology Network's Blog – February 2009 Archive (19)

White House calls for imaging preauthorization in budget plan

February 27, 2009

Diagnostic Imaging.

White House calls for imaging preauthorization in budget plan

By H.A. Abella



The Obama administration has sent to Congress a budget that relies on radiology benefit managers to cut imaging utilization costs, mirroring a recommendation issued last summer by the Government Accountability Office. Just like that recommendation did, the budget proposal drew criticism from imaging proponents.



The GAO report released in June… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on February 27, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

ACR Case in Point for Week of 2-23-09

This week, the ACR offers you five new and challenging cases from some of the nation's leading academic radiology institutions to test your knowledge and diagnostic skills. This week's cases are listed below.



Preview of Cases and Links to the ACR Webpage



Monday, February 23: 21-year-old woman with tender, bilateral neck masses

Tuesday, February 24: A 21-year-old woman with no significant medical… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on February 23, 2009 at 7:30am — No Comments

Functional MRI boosts early staging of cervical cancer

February 17, 2009

Diagnostic Imaging.

By H.A. Abella



Diffusion-weighted MRI added to standard T2-weighted scans can help spot cervical cancer in its early stages. A preliminary study from the Institute of Cancer Research in London determined that DWI can spot tumors missed by T2 imaging and bolster management options for women who wish to preserve reproductive organs. During the past half-century, the rate of deaths linked to cervical cancer has been cut in half in many… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on February 18, 2009 at 7:32am — No Comments

Mo-99 production resumes at troubled European isotope reactor

February 17, 2009

Diagnostic Imaging.

Mo-99 production resumes at troubled European isotope reactor

By Paula Gould



The High Flux Reactor in Petten, the Netherlands, is back online after its lengthy unscheduled closure, following special approval from the Dutch Council of Ministers. The decision should allow supplies of molybdenum-99 to stabilize after six months of periodic shortages and avert an immediate supply crunch. Both other sites in Europe that produce Mo-99… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on February 17, 2009 at 7:30am — No Comments

Radiology and Radiologist Job Markets - Forecast and Advice for Tough Times - An Editorial by Jennifer

radRounds (NEW YORK) -- With talk of the stimulus package, banks going into bankruptcy, job losses daily, and jobmuch more doom and gloom in the headlines for our economy... made me wonder. Are we safe in healthcare? For that matter, is radiology safe? What does the downturn in the economy mean for radiology and radiologists?



For this article, I talked with residents, fellows, and attending level radiologists (in private and academic practices) and one thing is clear -- there is much… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on February 15, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

ACR and New York Dept. of Health to Distribute Free High-Tech Mammography Education Tool to NY Facilities

CD-based Product Helps Doctors Sharpen Life-saving Mammography Skills Online Rather Than on Patients



Reston, Va. — The American College of Radiology (ACR) and the New York State Department of Health have partnered to distribute 1,500 copies of the College’s Mammography Case Review (MCR4) educational CD-ROM free of charge to physicians in approximately 600 ACR-accredited mammography facilities throughout New York state.



Mammography Case Review (MCR4), a self-evaluation… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on February 14, 2009 at 7:30am — No Comments

Image Gently Campaign Expands Into Physicians Offices With Parent Education Tools

New Brochures and Record Card Help Educate Parents and Keep Track of Their Children’s Exams



Reston, Va. -- Continuing its efforts to raise awareness about opportunities to lower radiation dose used in pediatric imaging exams, the Image Gently™ campaign has developed new materials to educate parents about medical imaging and to help them track their child’s past imaging exams. Pediatricians and other physicians are encouraged to download the materials from the Image Gently web site,… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on February 13, 2009 at 7:50am — No Comments

iPhone CT Scan - by Radiology Art

Here is a great image of an iPhone CT scan by Radiology Art Website.



Nice work!





Now can you identify all the components?



Please visit Radiology Art to check out more interesting objects that have been beautifully scanned and reconstructed artfully and… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on February 12, 2009 at 10:52pm — No Comments

Cardiac CT pegs athletes at risk for sudden death

By James Brice

February 10, 2009

Diagnostic Imaging




Multislice CT angiography can save lives by identifying occult congenital cardiac anomalies and disease that could lead to sudden cardiac death among competitive athletes.



Fans may remember the tragic death of college basketball star Hank Gathers in March 1990. The presumed first choice in the impending National Basketball Association draft choice staggered, collapsed, and died in a few seconds… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on February 10, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Auntminnie Founder and Pioneer Radiologist Dr. Phillip Berman MD - In Memoriam

Dr. Phillip Berman, a luminary radiologist, entrepreneur, and physician has passed away this past Sunday, February 8th 2009 from lung cancer. Dr. Phillip Berman is known as a radiologist and also the founder of well known radiology portal Auntminnie.com. Not only was he a great radiologist but he was also a successful physician-entrepreneur! Auntminnie was one of the first radiology portals started in 1999. Auntminnie was founded by Dr. Berman despite its founding during the dot com bust in… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on February 10, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

PET/CT picks up another 20% of lesions not found on chest CT alone

February 9, 2009

Diagnostic Imaging.

By Rebekah Moan




Fusion PET/CT detects an additional one-fifth of active lesions from the supraclavicular notch to the adrenals that are not found on chest CT alone, according to a retrospective study. Though PET/CT has been proven to be more sensitive than chest CT alone in detecting some types of cancer, chest CT is still among the first exams prescribed to patients with a known or suspected malignancy, said author Dr.… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on February 9, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

radRounds Leaderboard now features the top case contributors!

Take a moment and see who are the top case contributors on radRounds - our new leaderboard is now up. Congrats to them!

Visit our Leaderboard to see who is leading the pack.

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on February 8, 2009 at 1:25pm — No Comments

Radiology Podcast Directory - Now Open - Feeding a Radiologist's iPhone, iPod, or iPod Touch!

radRounds has created a radiology podcast directory in response to member request. We aim to grow this radiology-focused directory with both your recommendations and also with more medical imaging related podcasts or vodcasts being developed by various radiology publications and radiology societies. Please let us know if you want to add or make a suggestion to the directory. You can visit our new radiology podcast directory by visiting this… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on February 7, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

ARRS and ACR Governing Boards Reach Agreement in Principle for a Strategic Integration (Breaking News!)





The governing boards of the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) have reached an agreement in principle for a strategic integration that would leverage the unique strengths of each organization and provide the potential for enhanced service to radiologists and medical physicists seeking continuing medical education, quality and safety programs and a strong voice in Washington.



The agreement in principle… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on February 6, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Radiologists overestimate mammography malpractice risk

February 4, 2009

Diagnostic Imaging.

By Rebekah Moan




The perceived threat of medical malpractice claims makes a bigger impression on radiologists than the actual risk of litigation warrants. Dr. John F. Dick III, an internist in the department of medicine at Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, NH, and colleagues identified that misconception among other radiologist opinions about medical malpractice risk in an article appearing in the February issue of the American… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on February 4, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Radiation exposure varies widely during 64-slice cardiac CT

February 3, 2009

Diagnostic Imaging.

By James Brice



An international clinical trial involving 50 healthcare facilities and nearly 2000 patients has found that physicians often do not apply available dose reduction strategies in procedures, resulting in a wide variation in radiation exposure.



Investigators involved in the Prospective Multicenter Study on Radiation Dose Estimates of Cardiac CT Angiography in Daily Practice I study (PROTECTION I) were encouraged by… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on February 3, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

PET/CT in the evaluation of colorectal carcinoma (Featured Article from Applied Radiology)

radRounds Presents Feature Article from Applied Radiology:

PET/CT in the evaluation of colorectal carcinoma






Visit Applied Radiology Site for Full Article



Abstract: Positron emission tomography (PET) combined with computed tomography (CT) has improved the evaluation of colorectal cancer in terms of staging,…

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Added by radRounds Radiology Network on February 3, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Virtual Radiologic Corporation (VRC) will present at UBS Global Healthcare Services Conference - Live Webcast

radRounds (NEW YORK) - Virtual Radiologic Corporation, a leading global provider of teleradiology services, will be presenting at the UBS Global Healthcare Services Conference on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, NY. Chief Executive Officer Rob Kill is scheduled to present at 12:00 pm Eastern Time.

A live webcast of the audio presentation can be accessed through the Investor Relations section of Virtual Radiologic's Web site at… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on February 2, 2009 at 10:56pm — No Comments

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