Primovist plus MRI equals cost savings for diagnosing colorectal liver cancer
December 3, 2008 -- CHICAGO - In tight economic times, more researchers are seeking to compare the costs of multiple techniques used to treat particular diseases. German researchers performed an economic evaluation of three initial diagnostic imaging strategies for colorectal liver cancer patients, with Primovist-enhanced MRI coming out on top.
MRI helps predict breast cancer invasiveness at surgery
December 1, 2008 -- CHICAGO - The use of breast MRI has increased by double-digits this year, a boost some industry watchers attribute to increased awareness of how the technology helps clinicians detect and treat breast cancer earlier in high-risk women.
Lung CAD holds up well in low-dose MDCT studies
November 25, 2008 -- Computer-aided detection (CAD) technology offers comparable performance in low-dose and standard-dose MDCT chest studies, according to research published in the British Journal of Radiology. The research team from Germany retrospectively evaluated chest CT examinations of 77 patients for pulmonary nodules.
Nodule measurement streamlined with space-scale analysis
November 25, 2008 -- Researchers from Florence, Italy, have developed a robust and accurate method of measuring most lung nodules, improving the odds that growing lesions can be detected at CT with greater accuracy and reproducibility compared to current methods that rely on prior segmentation of the CT data.
Dual-time-point FDG-PET/CT improves breast imaging accuracy
November 18, 2008 -- Recent study results suggest that dual-time-point imaging with acquisition in the prone position improves PET/CT accuracy in patients with suspected breast cancer over single-time-point PET/CT. However, for lesions smaller than 10 mm, MRI shows higher sensitivity and should be preferred, according to the researchers.
Single-session breast radiotherapy safe for pregnant women, study finds
November 17, 2008 -- Breast-conservation surgery becomes an option for pregnant women in their third trimester. For many of these women, radiation therapy can safely be postponed until after birth. But the option of breast-conserving surgery may become available to all pregnant women if electron-beam intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) is used.
Study reports link between breast toxicity and timing of rad therapy
November 17, 2008 -- The timing of treatment for breast cancer patients receiving external-beam radiation therapy (EBRT) following intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) may be an important factor in preventing toxicity. Patients who receive EBRT sooner than five or six weeks after receiving IORT may have a higher risk of developing chronic late toxicity, according to a study by German researchers.
Negative coronary calcium scores in the young can understate plaque burden
November 11, 2008 -- NEW ORLEANS - Among apparently healthy people under age 35 at risk of sudden death, negative coronary calcium scores do not necessarily signal the absence of atherosclerotic plaque, according to research presented on Monday at the American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions 2008.
MRI shows prowess in diabetic foot with osteomyelitis
November 10, 2008 -- Italian researchers have concluded that MRI shows high sensitivity for detecting osteomyelitis in a diabetic foot, but lower specificity related to Charcot neuropathic osteoarthropathy. The study comes from Carlo Poma Hospital and was published online on October 25 by La Radiologia Medica.
SPECT ties functional brain abnormalities to fibromyalgia
November 7, 2008 -- Using SPECT, researchers in France have detected functional abnormalities in certain regions of the brain in fibromyalgia patients. The findings support the idea that fibromyalgia symptoms are related to a dysfunction in the parts of the brain where pain is processed.
Model finds small polyp surveillance safe, cost-effective
November 4, 2008 -- A new model analysis concludes that surveillance of small (6- to 9-mm) colorectal polyps is both safe and cost-effective compared to immediate polypectomy, which suffers from relatively high costs, rare complications, and above all a low yield for colorectal cancer in lesions smaller than 10 mm in diameter.
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