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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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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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

Headaches And Head Issues: When Not To Image

It can be hard to know when a headache should prompt medical evaluation. Rules have been developed helping medical professionals determine when imaging will be most beneficial. if a headache has other symptoms associated with it (such as nausea or vomiting) or is new, significantly worse or comes on suddenly, medical evaluation is warranted and imaging may be needed.

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Medical Imaging Technology Generates $3 Billion In Economic Activity For Washington State

The medical imaging technology industry supports an estimated 12,124 jobs in the state of Washington and generates approximately $3.1 billion in total economic activity according to a report commissioned by the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance. This activity creates an additional 5,169 jobs elsewhere in the U.S.

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New X-Ray Imaging System Developed To See Live How Effective Treatments Are For Cystic Fibrosis

It can take several months to measure how effective treatment is for Cystic Fibrosis, the early-fatal lung disease, but now a new imaging method allows live viewing to monitor treatment. “Because we will be able to see how effectively treatments are working straight away, we’ll be able to develop new treatments a lot more quickly, and help better treat people with cystic fibrosis,” said lead researcher, Dr Morgan.

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Pelvic X-Ray May Not Be Necessary For Children With Blunt Torso Trauma

Pelvic x-rays for children who have suffered blunt force trauma are do not accurately identify all cases of pelvic fractures or dislocations. A study published online in Annals of Emergency Medicine casts doubt on a practice that has been recommended by the Advanced Trauma Life Support Program (ATLS). “Because of concerns about lifetime exposure to radiation in children, appropriate use of radiography is important. We just could not find enough accuracy or utility to justify the pelvic x-ray for most of these children,” said lead study author Maria Kwok, MD, MPH, of Columbia University Medical Center in New York, N.Y.

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