Women With Dense Breasts Will Have To Look Beyond Ultrasound For Useful Supplemental Breast Cancer Screening

Supplemental ultrasound screening for all U.S. women with dense breasts would substantially increase healthcare costs with little improvement in overall health, according to senior author Anna Tosteson, ScD, at Dartmouth Hitchcock’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.

In a study recently released in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Tosteson and colleagues, including lead author Brian Sprague, MD, provide evidence on the benefits and harms of adding ultrasound to breast cancer screening.

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Post TIA Imaging Predicts Recurrent Stroke Risk

CT evidence of acute ischemia either alone or in combination with chronic ischemia or microangiopathy present within 24 hours of a nondisabling stroke can help predict risk of recurrent stroke for up to 90 days, researchers reported. Patients with transient ischemic attacks (TIA) or nondisabling strokes who showed evidence of acute and chronic ischemia and microangiopathy had an eight-fold increase in risk for having another stroke over the next 3 months, lead researcher Jason K. Wasserman, MD, PhD, of Ottawa Hospital Health Research Institute, Ontario, and colleagues wrote in the American Heart Association journal Stroke, published online Dec. 4.

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Image Wisely Launches New Fluoroscopy Initiative

ImageWisely.org has launched a new initiative that will help radiology providers deliver quality patient care and optimize radiation dose and image quality during fluoroscopic procedures. The organization now offers online educational materials for fluoroscopy, computed tomography and nuclear medicine exams.

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Annual Lung Cancer Screening Recommended For Longtime Smokers

Lung cancer is often called a “silent killer,” and one-fourth of people with the disease show no symptoms when they are diagnosed. It’s often caught during chest X-rays or scans performed for other reasons. Last year, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended annual CT scans for patients ages 55 to 74 with a smoking history equivalent to one pack a day for 30 years who still smoke or who have quit within 15 years.

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Radiologists’ Visual Search Patterns Affected By Breast Density

A new study suggests that radiologists are more attentive during interpretation with the presence of dense breast tissue regions. “If we wish to optimize viewing algorithms or design appropriate training strategies, the impact of breast density on radiologists’ behaviors needs to be better understood,” wrote Al Mousa and the research team.

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Appropriate Use Of Cardiac Stress Testing With Imaging Reduces Healthcare Costs

According to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers concluded that overuse of cardiac stress testing with images has led to rising healthcare costs and unnecessary exposure to radiation. Cardiac stress testing with imaging has been the focus of debate in regards to rising healthcare costs and patient safety, and this report is believed to be the first comprehensive study of cardiac stress testing with imaging.

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Regular Mammograms Starting At Age 40 Reduce Breast Cancer Deaths

Thirty percent of nearly 40,000 women who will die from breast cancer in the next year could have been helped if they had received regular mammograms starting at age 40. A public service campaign called Mammography Saves Lives is encouraging women to find an accredited mammography center near them for regular screenings. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 300,000 new cases of breast cancer will are diagnosed each year.

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American Heart Association Says Physicians Should Be Knowledgeable Of Cardiac Imaging Tests To Counsel Patients On The Risks And Benefits

According the the American Heart Association, exposure to radiation of the heart should be discussed among referring and performing physicians in order to effectively counsel the patient on radiation risks and benefits so that the patient can truly give informed consent.

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CT Scans Are Not More Accurate Than Ultrasound For Diagnosing Kidney Stones

According to a clinical study conducted at 15 medical centers, and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, CT scans are no better than the less-often-used utltrasound exams when diagnosing kidney stones. Unlike ultrasound, CT exposes patients to significant amounts of radiation. While CT is a preferred choice in the emergency room, the ultrasound is a better place to start the initial diagnostic imaging test.

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X-RAY CE Announces The Release Of “Spine Imaging, 3rd Edition” Continuing Education Course For Imaging Professionals


X-RAY CE is proud to release Spine Imaging, 3rd Edition, a continuing education course for imaging professionals. Offering 12 Category A+ credits that are ASRT approved, this course discusses 200 case studies to challenge the imaging professional’s knowledge on a full range of topics in spine imaging. Each case includes images, supporting literature references, and a commentary to help gain a better understanding of how the correct diagnosis was reached. Emphasis on pathological conditions and clinical features are discussed as well.

Spine Imaging, 3rd Edition is available as a traditional home study course and as an E-Course for $94.95 and includes book or ebook, posttest and online testing using X-RAY CE’s online testing center.

X-RAY CE has been assisting imaging professionals with their continuing education needs since 2001 and has one of the largest selections of course modalities for the x-ray industry.

Learn more at: xrayce.com