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RadRounds Radiology Network's Blog – June 2010 Archive (36)

Radiation Fears Alleviated? -- Dearth of data lowers the bar in debate over radiation and cancer

(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING, Greg Freiherr) -- Radiologists have come to expect rising demand for CT, which is why anecdotal reports of sudden and dramatic falls in CT volumes have sent a shudder through the community. All the more alarming is that the rumored drop-offs are coming at the request of patients who want nothing to do with CT because they fear its radiation will someday cause cancer. Instead they reportedly are demanding ultrasound or MRI because neither has ionizing radiation—never mind… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on June 15, 2010 at 5:30am — No Comments

SmartMed Apps releases radiology positioning guide, RadX Mobile for iPhone

New Braunfels, TX June 7, 2010 – SmartMed Apps, software developer for mobile phones, has just released a radiological mobile positioning guide for the iPhone. RadX Mobile is an intuitive application for finding diagnostic exam information in an electronic format without the hassles of traditional paper based reference guides.

At the touch of the screen, RadX Mobile will provide radiographers with a quick and easy way to navigate to desired exam information complete with detailed exam… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on June 13, 2010 at 7:40am — No Comments

Researchers eye ultrasound as a form of male contraception

(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING) -- By Rebekah Moan





It may be possible to use ultrasound as a reliable, low-cost form of male contraception, according to ongoing research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Chief researcher James Tsuruta, Ph.D., embarked on the study after learning about research in the 1970s at the University of Missouri-Columbia finding that a dose of ultrasound to the testes with the appropriate frequency and power could result in enough germ cell loss… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on June 10, 2010 at 7:30pm — No Comments

AFIP Closing - ACR Comes to rescue with AIRP

ACR Launches American Institute for Radiologic Pathology New Radiologic Pathology Course Continues Resident Training after AFIP Closure



Reston, VA — The American College of Radiology (ACR) has launched the American Institute for Radiologic Pathology (AIRP), which will provide a four-week Radiologic-Pathology Correlation Course, given five times per year, beginning in January 2011.



The new AIRP course fulfills all requirements for more than 310 residency programs… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on June 10, 2010 at 8:54am — No Comments

Dearth of data lowers the bar in debate over radiation and cancer

(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING) -- By Greg Freiherr





Radiologists have come to expect rising demand for CT, which is why anecdotal reports of sudden and dramatic falls in CT volumes have sent a shudder through the community. All the more alarming is that the rumored drop-offs are coming at the request of patients who want nothing to do with CT because they fear its radiation will someday cause cancer. Instead they reportedly are demanding ultrasound or MRI because neither has ionizing… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on June 9, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

Imaging likely to feel effects of MedPac Stark law plans

(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING) -- By Daniel F. Gottlieb, Esq





In response to a dramatic increase in the volume and cost of diagnostic imaging and other ancillary services furnished to Medicare patients in referring physicians’ offices, the Medicare Patient Advisory Commission is considering ways to rein in both. MedPac, which advises Congress on Medicare payment issues, is looking at a menu of changes to the Stark law's in-office ancillary services exception (in-office exception) and… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on June 8, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments

Doctors use iPad for Imaging-based Surgical Guidance

(JAPAN) -- Surgeons use the iPad during a surgical procedure in order to access images from their PACS system for imaging guidance. Wrapped in a sterile custom made wrapper around the iPad, the surgeons were able to use touch gestures to navigate through 3D surface rendered images to help guide their scalpel. Radiology and the iPad comes to the rescue to save this patient's life. See for yourself this latest innovation in radiology and mobile technology. The iPad is truly rapidly… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on June 4, 2010 at 6:24pm — No Comments

Auntminnie at SNM - Society of Nuclear Medicine

Check out Auntminnie's coverage of the Society of Nuclear Medicine meeting - Auntminnie cites how the SNM is facing a number of challenges including those related to isotope shortages, regulatory issues, and proving nuclear medicine's continued value.


Auntminnie's coverage at this link:…
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Added by radRounds Radiology Network on June 3, 2010 at 9:56am — No Comments

iPad Review by Wired Magazine

Check out Wired's review of the iPad - a great device for radiology and radiologists. More apps in the radiology space to come. In the meantime if you are considering purchasing an iPad, review this video before you go to the Apple… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on June 2, 2010 at 10:50pm — No Comments

CT’s fall from grace may lead to spectral redemption

(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING) -- The CT marketplace in the U.S. is teetering on the edge of somnolence, a smoky gray purgatory stirred by a wafting hope of redemption but stalled in melancholy. CT has slipped into this netherworld following the manic adoption of 64-slice scanners, which has saturated the U.S. installed base with CT functionality that can meet all routine—and some extraordinary—clinical needs.





The release of 128-, 256- and 320-slice scanners has elevated CT capabilities,… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on June 2, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

ABR Oral Board Statistics, Pass Rate, Condition Rate, Fail Rate explained

The American Board of Radiology (ABR) releases some statistics regarding the rates candidates pass for oral boards. While most candidates are very anxious of failure, in reality, a large majority of candidates pass the oral boards on their first time. Oral board pass rates that are published do not include conditioning. Those candidates who condition the oral boards will eventually pass but are in a separate pool of statistics.



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- The condition rate for first time… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on June 2, 2010 at 12:50am — No Comments

Connections are Key to Finding Jobs

Lately the job market in radiology has been quite sour. So how does one find jobs these days? One word: connections.


As in all non-medical and non-clinical jobs, connections really matter. Relationships are what get you a high quality jobs. We advise against using recruiters or simply job postings. Usually the best jobs are unpublished. Hence, networking and connections really are the best way to find a great job. Not that it is easy--this method takes work but it will pay…
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Added by radRounds Radiology Network on June 1, 2010 at 9:53pm — No Comments

JACR - Latest edition is now out

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on June 1, 2010 at 12:14pm — No Comments

Productivity-based radiologist compensation: setting the baseline

(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING) -- Radiologist salaries are going to change... Read this great article from Diagnostic Imaging to learn more...





The first article in this series discussed why productivity-based compensation is controversial based on the various production levels in the group: the racehorses, plowhorses, and plodders. Once productivity-based compensation has passed the conceptual stage, the real work begins. And this phase, due to its potential complexity and the reality of… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on June 1, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments

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