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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ASTRO And AAPM Launch Incident Reporting System

The American Society for Radiation Oncology and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine have announced the launch of a national initiative to facilitate safer and higher-quality radiation oncology care. The secure reporting system called RO-ILS: Radiation Oncology Incident Learning System, will provide data to educate the radiation oncology community about practice risks and how to improve safety and patient care.

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Brain scans differentiate adults who have recovered from childhood ADHD and those whose difficulties linger

About 11 percent of school-age children in the United States have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) While many of these children eventually “outgrow” the disorder, some carry their difficulties into adulthood: About 10 million American adults are currently diagnosed with ADHD.

In the first study to compare patterns of brain activity in adults who recovered from childhood ADHD and those who did not, MIT neuroscientists have discovered key differences in brain activity. The researchers used a technique called resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study what the brain is doing.

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The IAC Seeks Public Comment on Standards Changes

The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) is seeking comments from the radiologic community on its proposed accreditation standards for MRI and CT facilities. The following standards are open for public comment.

  • Technical Staff Required Training and Experience (MRI)
  • Technical Staff Required Training and Exerience (CT)
  • Technical Staff Required Training and Experience (CT)

View the standards and comment.

Cardiologist Urged To Reduce Radiation Exposure

A position paper published in the European Heart Journal urges reduced radiation exposure for cardiology patients. Dr. Eugenio Picano, lead author of the position paper says, “Cardiology accounts for 40% of patient radiology exposure and equals more than 50 chest X-rays per person per year.” The paper lists doses and risks of the most common cardiology examinations.

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XRAY CE Releases New Course: Gastrointestinal Imaging

This new continuing education course for imaging professionals discusses over 200 gastrointestinal cases and is avaialble in traditional textbook or online e-course. Gastrointestinal Imaging by X-RAY CE grants 15 category A+ credits and is ASRT approved. X-RAY CE offers one of the largest selections of continuing education courses for x-ray professionals. Learn more by visiting X-RAY CE.

Global Diagnostic Imaging Market to Hit $26.6 Billion by 2016

The global diagnostic imaging market is estimated to grow from $20.7 billion in 2010 to $26.6 billion by 2016, according to the market research firm MarketsandMarkets.

The overall compound annual growth rate of the diagnostic imaging markets is expected to be 4.2 percent from 2011 to 2016, though that rate jumps to 8 percent in emerging nations such asIndia and China, according to the report summary. Asia-Pacific is expected to pass Europe as the second largest market behind the U.S.

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Noninvasive Imaging May See Risky Coronary Plaque Early On

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland find that a noninvasive imaging technique using positron emission tomography (PET) and CT images with (18)F-sodium fluoride and (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose may be able to detect coronary atherosclerotic plaques.

If the results of their continued research are confirmed, this technique has the potential to change the way coronary artery disease is treated.

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