Internal mammary node biopsies needed for better RT planning December 31, 2008 -- A large study of breast cancer patients reveals that only 5% of patients with cancer-positive internal mammary nodes who receive radiation therapy (RT) will die of breast cancer recurrence within five years. This survival rate is comparable to patients with positive axillary lymph nodes who receive radiation therapy.
Greatest pain comes four hours after MR arthrogram injection December 26, 2008 -- Researchers in Switzerland have found that patients who undergo MR arthrography temporarily experience the most pain in the affected joints four hours after injection. The study also showed that the pain is most pronounced in younger patients, but the discomfort for virtually all patients disappears after one week.
Ultrasound suitable for soft-tissue mass triage December 24, 2008 -- Ultrasound can be a useful triage tool for evaluating soft-tissue masses, according to researchers from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in the U.K. They prospectively studied 358 consecutive patients with soft-tissue masses who had received ultrasound exams over a six-month period.
Interactive use of mammo CAD may improve mass detection December 22, 2008 -- Interactively employing computer-aided detection (CAD) technology while reading mammograms may lead to increased detection of breast masses, according to research from Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre in the Netherlands.
FDG-PET/CT recommended for staging Hodgkin's disease December 19, 2008 -- A British study confirms the high sensitivity and specificity of PET/CT in identifying focal bony disease in patients with Hodgkin's disease, according to research presented at the recent 2008 RSNA meeting. The results further suggest that the imaging modality can play an important role in initial staging of the disease.
Same-day VC prep works, but some preps are better than others December 16, 2008 -- Fecal tagging and reduced bowel preparation with iodinated oral contrast agents feasibly can be performed on the same day as a virtual colonoscopy exam, according to a new study from Italy presented at this month's RSNA meeting.
CAD may boost lymph node detection December 4, 2008 -- CHICAGO - An investigational computer-aided detection (CAD) system may allow for improved detection of lymph nodes, according to research from the University of Munich in Germany.
MIP boosts detection of small pulmonary nodules December 3, 2008 -- CHICAGO - Performing maximum intensity projection (MIP) reformatting of MDCT studies adds significant utility for finding pulmonary nodules less than 10 mm in size, according to research from the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf in Hamburg, Germany.