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December 2010

FEATURES

CTA Convert
A cardiac surgeon follows the advice of his wife and a radiologist friend—and it probably saved his life.

Radiology Today Interview: Teleradiology’ Role
A discussion with StatRad managing partner Joe Moock

Ten Years … and Counting!
Check out this timeline highlighting Radiology Today’s first decade of covering imaging.

Making Strides
Stenting iliac arteries benefits peripheral artery disease patients out to two years, according to a new study.


DEPARTMENTS

President’s Note

CT Slice
Speeding Stroke Care

PACS Platform
How Will Meaningful Use Rules Affect PACS?

Target on Therapy
Study Compares IMRT and CRT Side Effects

Technology Trends
How Do You Define Interoperability?

Interventional Update
MRI-Guided Laser Destroys Kidney, Liver, and Prostate Tumors

Products and Services

News Scan
PET/MRI May Show Changes in Brain Trauma Cases; MRI May Help Predict When Stroke Occurs; SBRT, Chemo Combo May Better Control Head and Neck Tumors; Medicare Payment Flawed, but Docs Disagree on Reform

RSNA Product & Service Showcase

Datebook

Second Opinions

November 2010

FEATURES

Technology Update: Ultrasound
Here’s a look at what is new and innovative in the field.

Paper Into PACS
Filmless doesn’t mean paperless, but facilities are seeking IT applications to help eliminate paper yet capture the information in a DICOM environment.

Negative Exposure
Cell phone cameras are everywhere—including where they shouldn’t be. Their misuse in a healthcare setting can create trouble for both the user and the facility. Does your facility have good protections in place?

RSNA 2010 Road Map
Use our exhibit hall maps, exhibitor index, and program highlights to plan your visit and support the sponsors who bring you Radiology Today.

Radioimmunotherapy Advancing
Zevalin and Bexxar are FDA approved to treat follicular B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Learn about how they’re being used in a clinical setting.


DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Note
Are You Getting Ready?

PACS Platform
Mobile Workflow

Women’s Imaging News
Study Finds Long-Term Survival Increase in Breast Cancer; Can PET Evaluate Treatment Response in Ovarian Cancer?

RSNA Product & Service Showcase

CT Slice
Can Incidental Chest CT Scan Predict Heart Disease?; Negative Exam Positive for Patients

MRI Monitor
Imaging the Brain to Diagnose Autism

Bone Matters
FDA Issues Bisphosphonates Warning

Products and Services

News Scan

Research Review
Using MRI to Predict Continued Decline in Patients With MCI; Research Eyes Possible Therapeutic Target for Breast Cancer; Blood Test Predicts Risk of Death From Prostate Cancer

Datebook

Second Opinions


October 2010

FEATURES

Managing Dose
The industry is working to safeguard patients against radiation overexposure with improvements on radiation therapy and scanners and through better training.

Marketing Your Practice
It may be time for your radiology practice to shift from managing to building a business.

Healthcare or Childcare?
Women’s imaging centers aren’t in the childcare business, but many patients are beginning to expect such services when they show up for an exam. 

Fall Product & Service Showcase
Here’s a look at equipment and services for your facility.


DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Note
When Healthcare Meets Childcare

Target on Therapy
Improving Treatment Decisions

PACS Platform
Text Appeal

Risk Management & Malpractice Defense
What to Do When a Lawsuit Is Filed

News Scan

Products and Services

Molecular Imaging News
MIBG Scintigraphy Identifies ICD Candidates

Research Review
Radiation Oncologists Develop High-Dose RT Model; Radiologist Treats Teen Self-Injury

Datebook

Second Opinions


September 2010

FEATURES

Radiologists & Technologists — Building Effective Work Relationships
Working together well benefits everyone, especially patients. Imaging veterans discuss ways they promote a positive work environment in their facilities.

Tracking Lead
A Minnesota medical center developed its own simple bar-code scanner and spreadsheet system that efficiently tracks more than 500 protective garments in the facility.

Yttrium-90 Radioembolization
This new path in liver cancer treatment is becoming more widely traveled. Its growth is tied to its effectiveness and perhaps better communication among the interventional radiologists, oncologists, and nuclear medicine physicians involved.

2010 Annual Buyers’ Guide
Don’t miss our annual directory of the latest imaging products and services.


DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Note
Relationship Advice

PACS Platform
Moving Toward Interoperability

Managing to Succeed
Staying Competitive

Research Review
Study Examines Fracturing Vena Cava Filters; ACL Repair Does Not Reduce Osteoarthritis

Products and Services

Datebook

Second Opinions

August 2010

FEATURES

What Imaging Directors Are Facing
Reimbursement is down and competition is fierce. That’s what imaging directors said when we asked about the challenges they’re facing. They also shared some of what they’re doing to succeed in today’s imaging environment.

Donating Data
The Give a Scan project hopes to build an imaging database to help cancer researchers.

What Is Chiropractic Radiology?
There are about 150 chiropractic radiologists in this country and they consider themselves similar to neuromusculoskeletal radiologists, primarily serving practicing chiropractors.

Breast MRI Research
Scientists and clinicians are looking for the best ways to utilize MRI in diagnosing and monitoring breast cancer.

Summer Products & Services Showcase
Check out this selection of tools to help your facility.


DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Note
Hope to See You at AHRA

News Scan
Cardiac MRI Helps Triage Chest Pain Patients in ED; Risk Factor Assessment Could Replace CTA for PE

PACS Platform
Past and Future — CR Was Key to PACS’ Beginning and Has Role in Its Future

Managing to Succeed
Streamlining Credentialing

Women’s Imaging News
Locate and Illuminate — Ultrasound-Guided Optical Tomography Seeks to Reduce Breast Biopsies

Research Review
Predicting Outcomes — Using PET to Predict Therapy Success

Molecular Imaging News
Heart News From SNM

Products and Services

Datebook

Second Opinions

July 2010

FEATURES

Contrasting Approach
ABVALAR is the first FDA-approved blood-pool MRA contrast agent that offers additional time for imaging and possibly some new applications.

Reducing and Tracking Dose
Cutting radiation exposure per scan is only part of the safety equation. Recording, reporting, tracking dose, and building cumulative exposure information into medical records is the ultimate objective. The work toward that goal is just starting.

Technology Update: PET
For a nuclear medicine imaging modality as sophisticated at PET and PET/CT, new products and enhancements to existing systems come from customer feedback on everything from functionality to image quality and the need for cost-effective imaging solutions.

Building a UFE Practice — IRs Establish Successful Collaboration With Gynecologists
Several interventional radiologists discuss how collaboration with gynecologists has helped improve both their practices and patient care.


DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Note
Interoperability

PACS Platform
The Future of PACS and EHRs

Managing to Succeed
Maintaining a Hospital Contract When Administration Turns Over

News Scan
SPECT/CT Image Earns SNM Image of the Year; Why Do Early-Stage Lung Cancer Patients Skip Surgery?

Products and Services

Datebook

Second Opinions


June 2010

FEATURES

Imaging Dangerous Plaque
Using near infrared spectroscopy delivered through a catheter may help doctors better identify arterial plaque that is more likely to cause heart attack or stroke.

MRI Safety Evolution
Magnet strengths are increasing, implants and devices enter the market regularly, and MRI professionals need ongoing guidance from expert sources in screening and scanning.

Technology Update: CT
A look at the latest technology in scanners

Vertebroplasty — Sorting Things Out When Studies Conflict With Clinical Experience
While interventionalists see that the procedure helps their patients, two clinical studies report that vertebroplasty is no more effective than a sham procedure. What happens when research data and doctors’ clinical experiences collide?

Summer Product and Service Showcase


DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Note
Is That Safe in an MRI?

News Scan
256-Slice CT Expedites Chest Pain Triage; Calcium Scoring Improves Risk Assessment; Study Links CPOE and Hospitalwide Mortality; PET Drives Imaging Increase for Cancer Patients; Modified Chest CT Technique Reduces Patient Radiation Exposure; Steroid Injections Treat Hamstring Tendonitis

PACS Platform
Teleradiology Rules of Engagement

Interventional Update
Improving Risk Prediction — Could the Ankle-Brachial Index Help Predict Heart Attacks?

Molecular Imaging
News Imaging Aortic Dissection — PET/CT May Differentiate Between Chronic and Acute Disease

Products and Services

Datebook

Second Opinions


May 2010

FEATURES

Radiology Today Interview: David S. Mendelson, MD — VR, Workflow, and EMRs
Mendelson focuses on the implementation of front-end voice recognition and radiologists editing their own reports at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

Crystal Clear
Diffraction-enhanced imaging is years from commercial application, but it could provide clear images with as little as 1% of the radiation exposure of current equipment.

Goodwill Value — Is There Any in Today’s Radiology Practices?
When bringing on physician partners, most experts see little evidence of value beyond an appropriate share of a practice’s hard assets. However, there seems to be some consideration for goodwill in merger and acquisition activity.

Technology Update: SPECT
Equipment manufacturers share the latest on their systems.

Cryotherapy — Researchers Look to Ice Breast Cancer
Interventional radiologists are evaluating how to use cryoprobes to freeze and kill tumor tissue.
departments

Editor’s Note
The Future of Imaging Informatics

PACS Platform
PACS and RIS — User References Are the Key to Successful Integration

Molecular Imaging News
PET Imaging for Alzheimer’s Disease; SNM Receives Comparative Effectiveness Research Grant; SNM Continues Push for Permanent Growth Rate Fix

Managing to Succeed
Outsourcing Equipment Acquisition

News Scan
Prenatal MRI Exposes Rare Intestinal Disease; Ablation Therapy for Prostate Cancer Recurrence; Radial Scars Need Excision to Rule Out Malignancy

Imaging Informatics Buyers’ Guide

Products and Services

Datebook

Second Opinions


April 2010

FEATURES

Appropriating Imaging — What Is Radiology’s Role in Controlling Utilization?
Growth in imaging volume and cost has caught the attention of both public and private payers, producing efforts to contain expenditures. While test-ordering physicians outside of radiology drive much of this growth, imaging organizations bear the brunt of reimbursement cuts. What can—and should—radiology do to control imaging volume?

Radiology Today Interview: Rebecca Smith-Bindman, MD — Dose Reduction in Medical Imaging
Consistently reducing radiation dose in diagnostic imaging begins with measuring how much radiation a patient receives during an exam. Smith-Bindman and colleagues have researched this area, and she has some clear views on how radiology can reduce the radiation patients receive in the imaging suite.

Minimally Invasive Oncology — IR Researchers Expanding Cancer Care
Interventional radiologists are pursuing less-invasive treatments for cancers, including some that oncology has not yet found effective ways to treat. This report from the Society of Interventional Radiology annual meeting highlights research efforts offering options (or future options) for previously inoperable tumors.

Spring Product & Service Showcase
Take a look at what’s new for spring in imaging products and services.

departments

Editor’s Note
A Measured Approach

Target on Therapy
Helical IMRT — New Treatments Taking Shape for Multiple Myeloma

PACS Platform
Replacing CDs

Risk Management & Malpractice Defense
Informed Consent

Ultrasound News
Tracking the Tip — Improving Accuracy for Needle Biopsies

Products and Services

Second Opinions


March 2010

FEATURES

PET Myocardial Perfusion Imaging — A Promising, Though More Expensive, Alternative to Stress Tests
Imaging physicians at some facilities believe this exam provides superior images to a traditional stress test, particularly for women and patients who are overweight.

Navigating Through the Data — CAD Applications in Liver, Prostate, Breast, and Lung Cancer 
Radiology Today provides a look at what’s new in computer-assisted detection software applications that can help physicians better detect lesions.

Hidden Risk — Recent Incidents Highlight Need for Safety Vigilance in the MRI Suite
Although dangerous MRI incidents are rare, they happen often enough to remind everyone that there may well be risk that the imaging community hasn’t thought about yet.

Patient Backlash
Breast imagers report that women visiting their practices have joined the attack on the USPSTF mammography guidelines.

departments

Editor’s Note
Catalyst

PACS Platform
Quality Assurance in the Digital Age

Interventional Update
Stents Outperform Balloon Angioplasty

News Scan

Molecular Imaging News
Supporting Parkinson’s Disease Research

Managing to Succeed
Helping Leaders Lead — How to Govern Your Board Effectively Once It’s Established

Women’s Imaging News
CT May Reduce Unneccessary Appendectomies in Women; Digital Mammo Reduces Radiation Dose: BI-RADS to Be Included in RadLex

Products and Services

Datebook

Second Opinions


February 2010

FEATURES

Records in the Clouds

Cloud computing is a popular buzzword, but the idea has been around for years. One new imaging informatics application is using the cloud to share images and medical information. Two companies launched their Web-based information-sharing services at RSNA.

IR and Income Division
An IR service can provide an excellent revenue stream for a radiology group. But IR brings different costs and commitments that often need to be reflected in a group’s income division formula.

PAVM Embolization
IR researchers are showing that up to four dangerous arteriovenous malformations can be effectively treated in a single outpatient visit, greatly streamlining the treatment for patients compared with what is widely done today.

C-Arm Technology Update
Take a look at what’s new in C-arm systems.

Winter Product & Service Showcase
An introduction to products that can help you provide better care.

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Note
Cloudy With a Chance of Data

PACS Platform
Blu-Ray Archiving

Radiology Coding
ICD and CPT Coding — Subtle Changes You May Have Missed

Datebook

Target on Therapy
SBRT: Promising Results in Stage 1 NSCLC; Obesity, Diabetes Increase SBRT Side Effects

News Scan

Products and Services
More new products From RSNA

Second Opinions
A double take on who said what and what is worth a second look


January 2010

FEATURES

Four Things to Watch in 2010
Radiology Today selected these four topics from the RSNA annual meeting as trends to watch in the coming year and beyond. One is increased competition; check out the others in this annual feature.

Decision Support for Rad Reports
Radiologists agree that bringing in outside supporting information adds value to a radiology report. The challenge seems to be developing an efficient, cost-effective way of doing that. Experts discuss the problems and success of decision-support tools.

Technology Update: MRI
Here is a review of what’s new in MRI machines on the heels of RSNA 2009.

Uproar — Imaging Community Greets New USPSTF Mammography Screening Guidelines With Scorn
New guidelines suggesting that women at normal risk for breast cancer should not routinely have mammograms until the age of 50 have brought a barrage of criticism from imagers, cancer organizations, advocacy groups, and patients themselves. They think it is foolish to strip away what they see as proven benefits of mammography.

January Product & Service Showcase
Take a quick look at new equipment and service offerings from RSNA 2009.

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Note
New This Month...

PACS Platform
Images in the Palm of Your Hand

CT Slice
Study Finds Many Unindicated Exams

Radiology Coding
IR Roadblocks

Ultrasound News
AIUM Offers New Online Centers

Women’s Imaging News
IMRT Improves Cervical Cancer Outcomes

Products and Services
RSNA New Product Spotlight

News Scan

Datebook

Second Opinions

A double take on who said what and what is worth a second look