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"Things are going to be far more difficult for radiologists than they have been for the past 10 years. What we have now is not guaranteed. Some will thrive in the future, while many will be caught unprepared."

— Lawrence Muroff, MD, speaking at RSNA 2011, as reported in RSNA News
Other Imaging News
UnitedHealth Announces
Fee Overhaul

United Healthcare, the United States’ largest private insurer, recently unveiled its new physician compensation strategy, the Wall Street Journal reports. No surprise, hospital imaging is an area the plan targets for reduction.

CNN Calls Recall
Exam Use Cheating

After conducting its own investigation into the matter, CNN called out a subset of radiologists for cheating on board certification exams. Whether the practice of studying “recall exams,” compiled from memorized test questions, constitutes actual cheating is up for debate among radiologists; either way, the article brought the issue to the forefront.

Study: Cardiac Imaging
Had Small Impact on Patient Care

Even after patients at high risk of coronary artery disease showed moderately to severely abnormal results on SPECT, PET, or CT angiography cardiac imaging exams, a sizeable percentage were not referred for recommended follow-up care, according to a MedPage Today report on the study.
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Editor's E-Note
Detecting Alzheimer's disease and beginning treatment before symptoms appear could be a boon to fighting the disease. Current medications can slow its symptoms and progression, increasing the value of starting treatment as early in the disease course as possible. This month's E-News Exclusive looks at new research that may provide this opportunity.

— Jim Knaub, editor
E-News Exclusive
PET May Predict Alzheimer's Decline
By Jim Knaub

PET imaging using the radiotracer 18F-FDDNP can track and predict cognitive decline over a two-year period, according to a report in the February issue of Archives of Neurology.

Researchers at UCLA developed 18F-FDDNP, which binds to both plaque and tangle deposits—the hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease—and can be imaged using PET, to show where in the brain these abnormal protein deposits are accumulating. Study author Gary Small, MD, a professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, says FDDNP-PET scanning is the only available brain-imaging technique that can assess tau tangles. Autopsy findings have found that tangles correlate with Alzheimer's disease progression much better than do plaques.

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Getting Specific
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Technology Update: CT
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MRI's Open Market
More hospitals are opting for open MRI units as they see quality and patient comfort improvements. Read more »

Partly Cloudy
Cloud technologies are becoming more familiar to consumers and radiologists alike. Radiology Today spoke with three imaging organizations about their experience with the cloud in relation to image sharing and storage solutions.
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On the Case
Check out our original case study department, edited by radiologist Rahul V. Pawar, MD, DABR. Read more »

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