ESR survey: Patient confidentiality, consent policies are outdated
April 5, 2013 -- Monitoring of access to confidential patient imaging information hasn't kept up with changes in technology, according to the results of a survey by the European Society of Radiology (ESR). In addition, Europe lacks clear guidelines on patient confidentiality and invasion of privacy, as well as updated patient consent policies.
Remember chest x-rays for mediastinal diseases
April 4, 2013 -- The posteroanterior chest radiograph remains a powerful tool in diagnosing mediastinal diseases, but to detect an unsuspected mass and avoid potential mistakes, it's essential to understand the concept of mediastinal reflections, according to prize-winning research.
Spare the details: Radiologists want CAD results, not analysis
April 4, 2013 -- Should radiologists understand the analytical processes by which computer-aided detection (CAD) software works? Not according to a new study in the Journal of Digital Imaging, which found that readers really want only the CAD results.
Screening reduces late-stage breast cancer rates in Italy
April 2, 2013 -- A study of breast cancer screening in 700 municipalities in Italy during an eight-year period showed that the incidence of late-stage breast cancer declined starting in the third year of screening, an article published online on 15 March in Cancer revealed.
MRI points to distinct signature for brains of kids with migraines
April 1, 2013 -- Children with migraine headaches have a characteristic pattern of gray-matter changes that may be useful as a biomarker of the condition, according to Italian investigators who presented their findings at the American Academy of Neurology's 2013 annual meeting.
Study explores cost of telemedicine for rural hospitals
March 29, 2013 -- Given the scarcity of physicians and healthcare facilities in rural areas, German researchers are developing a financial model to calculate the most cost-effective option to deliver medical expertise to patients in need through telemedicine.
Free breathing recommended for MRI-guided radiotherapy
March 29, 2013 -- Free breathing by patients can reliably reduce uncertainty in tumor position caused by respiratory motion during MRI-guided radiation therapy procedures on the kidney, according to Dutch researchers.
Jury still out on whether DBT can replace 2D mammography
March 28, 2013 -- More evidence is needed before radiologists can determine unequivocally that digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is ready to replace standard digital mammography, according to a literature review published online in the Breast journal. Fortunately, a number of research studies under way could prove that point.
Is the science really so good at 'scientific' meetings?
March 27, 2013 -- Every year at the ECR and other congresses, the Maverinck hears what great science is presented. Frankly, though, he thinks there is very little hard science presented at such events -- mostly technology and applied research -- and they are primarily teaching, social, and commercial gatherings, not strictly scientific meetings.
NHS, U.S. launch exchange program for health IT
March 26, 2013 -- The U.K. National Health Service (NHS) is joining forces with the U.S. Veterans Health Administration on an exchange program designed to share ideas and best practices for digital health.