2011 Article Archive

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December 2011

FEATURES

Chest Scans and Dose
Researchers have outlined strategies for how to optimize radiation dose for chest CT, a commonly performed exam and one that exposes some of the most radiosensitive organs in the human body.

Pediatric Imaging — Distraction Techniques Improve Patient Care
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh employed some creative and kid-friendly techniques to distract patients from the reality of medical imaging. Not only did the facility see CT procedure volume increase 18%, but sedations for such procedures dropped 97% within two years.

ASTRO Reporter’s Notebook
A summary of noteworthy news from the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s annual meeting in October

Irreversible Electroporation
This interventional oncology procedure may provide a more precise alternative to radio-frequency ablation in some cancer patients.

RSNA Product & Service Showcase

FEATURES

Editor’s Note
Pittsburgh’s Other Pirates

Imaging Informatics
When Computers Retire

Radiology Coding
ICD-10 and Its Impact on Radiology

Molecular Imaging News
Virtual Bronchoscopy May Aid Lung Cancer Treatment Plans; SNM Tech Section Revamps Education/Development Fund

On the Case
A Surprise Within a Surprise

Target on Therapy
Higher Doses Do Not Improve Lung Cancer Survival; Nylon Dressing Reduces Radiation-Induced Dermatitis

Interventional Update
Radioembolization Research

Technology Trends
Implementing Speech-Driven Reporting

News Scan

Datebook

Second Opinions


November 2011

FEATURES

Meaningful Use Planning for Radiologists
Starting in 2015, penalties will be assessed if meaningful use under the current law is not shown.

7 Ways to Improve Customer Service
Providing quality service to both patients and referrers may be the most important component to a successful imaging organization.

Flexible Scheduling
Imaging facilities may be able to cut costs and improve service by making the traditionally fixed expense of staffing resemble a variable expense by splitting some full-time jobs among several part-time workers.

Finding the Role for Digital Breast Tomosynthesis
Breast imagers are still sorting out the most effective use for DBT and where fits into their screening and diagnostic imaging regimen.

RSNA Road Map
Our annual exhibitor list and trade show map for McCormick Place

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Note
Are You Ready to Ride?

Imaging Informatics
Quantitative Imaging

Ultrasound News
The ALARA Principle and Sonography

Managing to Succeed
What’s Your Social Media Policy?

MRI Monitor
Researchers Solve Riddle of MRI Vertigo; MRI, PET/CT Show Efficacy of Heart Drug

Women’s Imaging News

On the Case
‘Not Just a Diagnosis in Children’

RSNA Product and Service Showcase

News Scan

Datebook

Second Opinions

October 2011

FEATURES

Cutting-Edge Radiation Treatment
The authors of three Radiation Therapy Oncology Group trials recently spoke with Radiology Today about the studies and their significance.

Managing Mammography Priors
Read about one hospital’s solution to managing mammography films in its move to digital breast imaging.

Imaging Traumatic Brain Injury
Researchers seek objective measures to an elusive problem plaguing many of our nation’s military service members.

ICD-10 Readiness
Are your software vendors up to speed? Is it possible to estimate the project’s cost?

Technology Update: Direct Digital Radiography
A look at some of the newest technology developments in the DR market

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Note
Managing Mammography Films

Imaging Informatics
Building Better Dose Data

Interventional Update
Study Looks at Central Catheters and DVT; Ultrasound May Guide Carotid Stenosis Treatment Choice

MRI Monitor
fMRI May Improve Concussion Understanding; FDA Grants IDE Application for MRI-Conditional Pacemaker; ASL MRI Looks at Brain Blood Flow in Gulf War Vets

Molecular Imaging News
Targeting Angiogenesis

Research Review
Fat Around Heart May Play Role in Atherosclerosis; RSNA Research & Education Foundation Receives Grants; Gene Therapy May Boost Chemo in Breast Cancer

On the Case
Splenium Lymphoma

Products and Services

News Scan

Datebook

Second Opinions


September 2011

FEATURES

Now Playing in 3D
Like filmmakers, radiologists and other physicians are learning how to use 3D visualization technology effectively.

Stroke Imaging
Researchers ask how MRI availability affects imaging exam orders.

HIPAA Enforcement
A $4.3 million civil monetary penalty under the HITECH Act should get facilities’ attention: Don’t ignore privacy issues.

2011 Annual Buyers’ Guide
Don’t miss our annual directory of the latest imaging products and services.

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Note
What to Expect: More Cuts

Imaging Informatics
Making Images More Accessible to Researchers

CT Slice
Scanning May Predict COPD Flare-Ups; Using Scan Data to Map Blood Flow

Ultrasound News
Ultrasound Can Detect Brain Injuries in Premature Infants; MR-Guided Focused Ultrasound May Help Treat Solid Tumors

Interventional Update
SIR’s Career HQ Targets IR Subspecialists; Costs Exceed Pay in Some Medicare Neuro Interventions

Managing to Succeed
How to Establish an Employee Evaluation Process

News Scan
CCTA Improves Heart Disease Detection in Blacks; FDA Wants to Exempt Certain Radiology Devices

Products and Services

Datebook

Second Opinions


August 2011

FEATURES

11 Planning Lessons Learned
Imaging staff from Georgia’s Meadows Regional Medical Center share lessons they learned while transitioning their department to a new facility in hopes of helping others attempting the same process.

Going RIS-Less?
For teleradiology or other groups doing only outside reads, a Web-based information system may make more sense than RIS.

In Whose Best Interest? Different Views of Self-Referral
Physicians on either side of the heated imaging self-referral debate look at the same evidence yet draw very different conclusions.

From Jeopardy! to Medical Diagnosis
IBM’s Watson uses Nuance language processing technology in a collaboration that seeks the end result of a diagnostic computer.

Finding Holes in IT Security
One privacy misstep can cause massive headaches for a healthcare organization, and an organization’s own employees may prove to be the biggest risk.

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Note
Lessons Learned

Imaging Informatics
Meaningful Use — Radiology Looks Ahead to Stage 2

Managing to Succeed
Budgeting for Radiology Practices

Women’s Imaging News
Swedish Mammography Study Shows Mortality Benefit; Study Isolates Six Subtypes of Triple-Negative Breast Cancer; Customize Starting Age and Frequency of Mammograms; Targeted Agent Addition to Herceptin Chemo Helps Metastatic HER-2 Breast Cancer

On the Case
Time Is Brain

Products and Services

News Scan
Successful CD Import Cut Subsequent ED Imaging by 17%; Hospitals Seeing More of CT Procedure Growth; New Nuc Med Certificate Program Introduced; Liability Concerns Behind ED Physician Ordering Practices

Datebook

Second Opinions


July 2011

FEATURES

Images on the Move
Radiologists offer their take on how MIMvista, the first mobile application to receive FDA 510(k) approval as a diagnostic app, will fit into imaging workflow.

CT in the ER
Recent data have illustrated CT’s increased usage in the emergency department, although radiologists and emergency physicians often view the risks and benefits of such increased radiation exposure differently.

SNM Reporter’s Notebook
We’ve compiled some noteworthy news from the SNM annual gathering in San Antonio last month.

SBRT for Prostate Cancer
Early results appear promising, yet critics in radiation oncology say longer-term data are needed before widely offering the treatment to men.

Laser Removal
Interventionalists use an excimer laser to remove embedded IVC filters.

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Note
The Message From SIIM

Imaging Informatics
Empowering Referring Physicians

CT Slice
Scan May Predict Early Cardiac Death in Diabetics

Managing to Succeed
Slow Comeback

Interventional Update
Major Study Results Haven’t Found Their Way Into Clinical Practice

On the Case
Insidious and Deadly

Products and Services

News Scan
Meditation Found More Effective Than Morphine; Docs Financially Tied to MRIs Order More Back Scans; Survey Shows Fewer Radiation Therapy Openings; General Health Affects Breast Cancer Outcomes

Product & Service Showcase

Datebook

Second Opinions


June 2011

FEATURES

Information Not-So-Super Highway
Imaging Associates of North Mississippi Magnolia found a way to get maximum use from less-than-maximum bandwidth, allowing for improved communication among providers in the network and better patient care.

ARRS CT & MR Reporter’s Notebook
Read about some of the latest CT and MR news presented during the recent American Roentgen Ray Society annual scientific meeting in Chicago.

Dr. Oz, Thyroid Shields & Mammography
Last year, the popular TV doctor recommended that women request thyroid shields to wear during their mammograms. His message went viral and ultimately led to a debate with radiology experts in an April episode.

MRI CAD — Working to Improve Specificity
A Connecticut radiology group uses computer-aided detection to bring specificity to the sensitivity of breast MRI technology.

Products & Services Showcase

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Note
Necessary Shielding

Radiography News
Aged X-Ray Equipment: 74 mGy to Image a Hand; Course Offered to Radiologic Science Programs at No Cost

Target on Therapy
Acupuncture Provides Relief From Hormone Therapy; Glioma Patients With Fewer Symptoms Live Longer

Imaging Informatics
Importing Outside Images: Risk vs. Reward

Molecular Imaging News
Breast PET in Clinical Practice

On the Case
Dreaded Complications of a Ubiquitous Pathogen

Products and Services

News Scan
Research Looks at Genome Sequencing for Cancer Care; Joint Statement on Japan Crisis Radiation Risks

Datebook

Second Opinions


May 2011

FEATURES

Winds of Change
A National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering project currently under way is attempting to provide a new model for exchanging patient records in which patients exhibit more control.

Managing a Data Breach
Being thorough is priority No. 1 when establishing a policy that takes the guesswork out of managing disclosures.

Technology Update: SPECT

Prostate Embolization
New research looks at the possibility of shrinking enlarged prostate glands the same way interventionalists treat fibroids, with the potential to reduce complications commonly  associated with current treatments.

SIR Reporter’s Notebook
Here’s a sampling of some news worth noting from the latest annual meeting of the Society of Interventional Radiology.

Imaging Informatics Buyers’ Guide

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Note
Digitizing Records

MRI Monitor
Predicting Who Will Progress to Alzheimer’s

Imaging Informatics
Adding Dose Analytics to CT Scans

Molecular Imaging News
Imaging May Identify Drug Toxicity Sooner; Standard Lexicon Published for PEM

Managing to Succeed
Strategic Planning — Radiologist Involvement Matters More in Challenging Times

On the Case
So It’s a Mass — Let’s Take It a Step Further

Products and Services

News Scan
fMRI Research Examines Obesity and Food Addiction

Datebook

Second Opinions


April 2011

FEATURES

Pacemakers & MRI Safety
A recently approved pacemaker can be used in 1.5T scanners; hospitals and imaging centers are adjusting to the idea that patients with these implants can be scanned safely.

Liver Tumor Interventions
The ISET Symposium on Clinical Interventional Oncology examines catheter-based treatments for hepatocellular carcinoma.

Hard Decisions
Ultrasound elastography is increasingly being used to characterize breast lesions and, more recently, in other applications.

Hormone Replacement and Breast Screening
The Million Women Study looks at how hormone replacement therapy affects breast cancer risk, and women’s imaging centers consider how it may impact screening.

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Note
Radiation Dose: What Is Too Much?

Pediatric Imaging

Imaging Informatics
Improving Radiology Reporting and Communication

Molecular Imaging News
Using PET to Assess Thyroid Cancer Treatment; Domestic Mo-99 Production Bill Introduced

Research Review
Listening for Stroke; Keeping Breast Cancer Dormant

MRI Monitor
fMRI Provides Window Into Consciousness

Interventional Update
Angioplasty Could Be a Future MS Treatment; IR Treatment for High Blood Pressure Studied

Women’s Imaging News
Combination Therapy Outperforms Lumpectomy

On the Case
TB or Not TB: That Was the Question

Products and Services

News Scan

Product and Service Spring Showcase

Datebook

Second Opinions


March 2011

FEATURES

Vendor-Neutral Archive or Archive-Neutral Vendor?
Separating the archiving component from the rest of a PACS can give you more control of your data and ease migration headaches. But is that the responsibility of the archive or the PACS vendor?

Technology Update: C-Arm
Our annual look at what’s new in C-arm technology.

Guiding Biopsies
A new system for visualizing needle placement can give physicians greater accuracy and confidence in performing these procedures.

Speed Saves
The TREVO 2 trial looks at a system for removing clots after ischemic strokes.

Interventional Product Showcase

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Note
A Busy Time for SIR and IR

Imaging Informatics
Defining Workflow

Managing to Succeed
Tracking Transcription

On the Case
Not Your Typical Migraine Headache

Products and Services

News Scan
High Volume Reduces Mammography False Positives; Registry Participation Qualifies NaF-PET for CMS Reimbursement; MRI May Predict, Prevent Stroke; Culture of Safety Key to Reducing Medical Errors; Medicare Imaging Use Declines in 2009

Interventional Product and Service Showcase

Datebook

Second Opinions

February 2011

FEATURES

Swamped With CDs
Patients routinely arrive with images on CDs. This article looks at how facilities can develop policies to manage those images and discs.

Technology Update: CT
Our annual look at what’s new in scanner technology.

Women’s Imaging
Obesity and osteoporosis, ultrasound elastography, preoperative breast MRI, and the value of patient support systems in decreasing breast cancer mortality are topics discussed here.

Imaging Autism With MRI
Neuroradiologists and neurologists are using fMRI in an attempt to unlock the secrets of autism.

Reporter’s Notebook
A look at some interesting radiology research from RSNA 2010.

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Note
On the Case

Imaging Informatics
Data Mining

On the Case
‘Chasing the Dragon’

Technology Trends
Smartphones and Hospitals

Molecular Imaging News
PET Examines Cognitive Dysfunction in Children with FIRES; PET/CT Predicts Local Recurrence After RFA in Lung Cancer Patients

News Scan
CT Scanning Helps Understand Bullet Trajectories; Call Ahead for Emergency Department Seating; Customer Service Reps Increase Reading Room Efficiency

Products and Services

Datebook

Second Opinions


January 2011

FEATURES

Technology Update: MRI
Take a look at some of the latest products and services available in the MRI market.

5 Things to Watch in 2011
Dose reduction and teleradiology’s evolution are just two of the five things that bear watching in the coming year.

What Next?
The NLST showed a mortality benefit for screening certain smoking populations with CT scans. What remains to be seen is whether and how those results will translate into screening recommendations.

Treating Prostate Cancer
Much of the research presented at last fall’s ASTRO meeting focused on ways to better image and treat prostate cancer.

Minimizing Errors in Radiation Therapy
The radiation oncology community hopes to reduce therapy errors with accreditation, anonymous reporting, and a nonpunitive approach.


DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Note
Radiation Dose Reduction

CT Slice
Different Kinds of Plaque

On the Case

Imaging Informatics
Is PACS a Commodity?

Women’s Imaging News
Study Supports MRI Screening for Women With Breast Cancer History; Annual Mammograms at 40 Reduce Mastectomies

Interventional Update
Palliative Care Is Not Giving Up; Treating Hamstring Injury With Patient’s Own Blood

Winter Product & Service Showcase

News Scan
Exercise Changes May Delay Osteoarthritis Onset; Walking Slows Cognitive Decline; Uncertainty Can Make Women More Anxious Than Knowing About Serious Illness; Radiation-Induced Cancer Risk May Be Lower Than Thought; MR Spectroscopy May Find Chronic Traumatic Brain Disorder Earlier

Products and Services

Datebook

Second Opinions