X-RAY CE E-Courses and Online Testing Helps Expedite CE Credits For Imaging Professionals

Medical imaging professionals turn to X-Ray CE’s E-Courses when they are in a hurry to receive their CE credits. The E-Courses can be done completely online without having to wait for a textbook in the mail, and include online reading material, online testing, and instant certificate issuance.

X-Ray CE currently offers 29 E-Courses in a variety of imaging modalities. Imaging professionals that already have textbook, and just need to purchase a test can simply select the “Download Test” option.

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Clinical Tool Accurately Classifies Benign and Malign Spots on CT Lung Scans

A Terry Fox Research Institute led study has developed software that accurately classifies 9 out of 10 times, which spots or lesions are benign or malignant on CT lung scans.

The findings are expected to have immediate clinical impact worldwide for those at risk for or who are diagnosed with lung cancer. The results are published in the Sept 5th issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Report: Earlier Mammography Screening is Better in Younger Women

A study of 7,300 breast cancer patients showed that more than two-thirds of breast cancer deaths occurred in younger women with no history of mammography or with intervals of two years or more in between mammograms. Unscreened women accounted for 71% of breast cancer deaths, and the median age at diagnosis was 49, compared with 72 for women who died of other causes. According to Blake Cady, MD of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, the findings support mammogram screening before age 50.

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Global X-Ray Market To Reach $12 Billion in 2017

The global market for x-ray equipment expanded to more than $10 billion in 2012 and is set to rise by 18% to reach $12 billion in 2017 according to IMS Research (now part of HIS, Inc.).

Growth is expected to be driven by the continued digitalization of x-ray systems and increasing healthcare investment in emerging regions. “General radiography is undergoing a major transition away from film and toward digital flat-planel detector (FPD) technology, with more affordable solutions such as retrofit kits driving this migration in many cash-strapped regions,” says Sara Jones, analyst for medical electronics at IHS.

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Two Studies: Using Ultrasonography with Mammography

Advances in Ultrasonography (US) technology allow confident characterization of not only benign cysts but also benign and malignant solid masses.

According to Regina J. Hooley, MD, Leslie M. Scoutt, MD, and Liane E. Philpotts, Md from the Department of Diagnostic Radiology at Yale University School of Medicine, having knowledge of current and emerging US technology, along with meticulous scanning techniques is imperative for image optimization and diagnosis.

The ability to synthesize breast US findings with multiple imaging modalities and clinical information is also necessary to ensure the best patient care.

The full report is available in the September issue of Radiology.

In a separate study, findings were that BI-RADS 3 breast lesions had a lower cancer rate when using ultrasound, since more biopsies must be performed, most of which turn out to be negative.

“Supplemental ultrasound screening increases cancer detection beyond mammography alone, but may also result in an increased number of additional test,” says lead research Richard G. Barr, MD, PhD, and professor of radiology at the Northeast Ohio Medical University in Youngstown, Ohio.

“BI-RADS 3 lesions are common on screening ultrasound and often lead to unnecessary biopsies and additional imaging, causing substantial cost and anxiety for patients,” said Barr.

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