ASTRO White Paper Recommends Best Practices of Image Guided Radiation Therapy

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has released a new white paper, “Assuring Safety and Quality in Image Guided Delivery of Radiation Therapy,” that recommends best practices for image guided radiation therapy (IGRT).

The white paper recommends 10 fundamental elements of IGRT safety in clinical programs and provides an extended list of activities recommended for the broader radiation oncology community.

The white paper was approved by the ASTRO Board of Directors and has been endorsed by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, American Association of Medical Dosimetrists and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT).

Read more about the white paper and it’s recommendations here.

Neuralgia Patients Get Relief from Invasive Interventional Radiology Treatment

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Patients of Neuralgia, a condition where nerves are damaged by surgery, can get relief from an invasive interventional radiology treatment called cryoneurolysis.

A study done by William Moore, MD, a thoracic interventional radiologist at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, completed more than 200 cryoneurolysis procedures to halt nerve pain. The cryoneurolysis procedure places a tiny ball of ice on the damaged nerve.

Cryoneurolysis is an innovative procedure that uses a small probe that’s cooled minus 50 to minus 70 degrees Celsius, and creates a freezer burn along the outer layer of the nerve.

Read more about the procedure and study here.

Study: Stomach CT Scans May Help Find Osteoporosis

According to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, doctors can use a patient’s abdominal CT scans to also check for signs of osteoporosis. The researchers who published the findings, compared patient’s CT scans to their dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA), which is traditionally used to diagnose osteoporosis.

Dr. Perry Pickhardt, professor of radiology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, said “What we found is that there is pretty good correlation.” The finding provides doctors with a reason to use CT scans ordered for another reason, to also check for signs of osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis affects over 12 million Americans over the age of 50.

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Cloud Services Provide Connected Healthcare for Medical Imaging

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More hospitals are looking to cloud-based services to overcome time and cost of accessing and sharing medical images and reports.

Detroit-based Ford Heart & Vascular Institute generates 25,000 cardiac images each year, and the large file size created a storage issue. The hospital installed AT&T Medical Imaging and Information Management system, and as a result eight locations now have real-time access to a repository of their patients’ medical images.

Cloud based services can provide easier access to medical records, connect and mobilize physicians, and overall improve patient care.

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An Increase of Unhealthy Lifestyles in Asia-Pacific Spurs Need for Interventional Radiology Procedures

A new analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://medtech.frost.com) finds that the Asia-Pacific market for interventional radiology and other treatment methods are on the rise due to unhealthy lifestyles in the region.  According to the analysis, an increase of interventional treatments have lowered in-patient admission rates and have sparked demand in the market region for procedu

res. Revenues of more than US $591.3 million were earned in 2012 in the Asia-Pacific market and  growth is expected at a rate of 3.5% through 2017.

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