Arab Health: Is PET/MRI really worth the extra cost? January 28, 2013 -- DUBAI - Most PET/MR systems cost between $5 million and $7 million U.S., whereas a new generation PET/CT machine with 128 detectors costs between $1.5 million and $2 million U.S. Is PET/MR worth the extra dollars, asks a global expert on hybrid imaging at Arab Health.
Biomarkers require urgent standardization to succeed in oncology January 28, 2013 -- To be effective in clinical practice, functional and molecular imaging biomarkers in oncology require a stable platform, broad availability, readily specifiable acquisition parameters, standardized interpretation, and a defined reproducibility that has been documented in many cancers and normal ranges.
Doubts remain over mammography screening, says cancer expert January 25, 2013 -- A leading breast surgeon remains unconvinced that the benefits of mammography screening outweigh the harms. While deaths may be avoided, any benefit will be more than outweighed by deaths due to the long-term adverse effects of treatment, he stated in an article published online on 23 January in BMJ.
IAEA survey finds uneven access to radiation therapy in Europe January 24, 2013 -- Europe has wide disparities in access to radiation therapy services, shortfalls in infrastructure and skilled staff, and unequal spending on resources, according to an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) study of 33 countries published online on 24 January in Lancet Oncology.
Nobel prose pageant: Mansfield takes road to Stockholm again January 22, 2013 -- Sir Peter Mansfield was the joint winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for his work in MRI. The Maverinck has reviewed his new autobiography, The Long Road to Stockholm, and is not at all impressed by the contents and style of the book.
Radiographer-led 'hot' reporting can help optimize patient care January 22, 2013 -- New research from the U.K. has revealed radiographer-led immediate (or "hot") reporting in the emergency room can cut overall hospital costs, reduce treatment errors, and improve doctor confidence. And if radiographer reporting roles were expanded to chest and abdomen radiographs, the total savings could be substantial.
Options abound for mobile applications in radiology January 21, 2013 -- As long as they have an iPhone or iPad, imaging practitioners have plenty of quality radiology-oriented apps to choose from. Users of smartphones and tablets based on other operating systems currently face a more limited selection, however, according to an article published online in the European Journal of Radiology.
Software quantifies visceral adipose tissue January 21, 2013 -- A computer-assisted analysis technique can reliably quantify visceral adipose tissue and serve as a valuable support tool for diagnosing metabolic syndrome, researchers from Colombia and France have concluded.
Selection bias may affect breast cancer screening effectiveness January 18, 2013 -- A study out of Denmark found that a breast cancer screening program's purported effectiveness could be strongly influenced by the patients selected for screening. The researchers suggest that program detection rates should be interpreted with caution as they may be biased by eligibility criteria.