Italian rad oncologists go proactive to reduce adverse events February 8, 2010 -- The recent series of articles in the New York Times on errors in radiation therapy has experts searching for better ways to prevent adverse events. Researchers from Italy may have found one solution by replacing the conventional "reactive" methods for risk management and quality assurance with a more proactive approach.
320-row perfusion CT shows promise for pancreatic tumors February 5, 2010 -- Perfusion CT with a 320-detector-row scanner offers improved resolution of pancreatic tumors due to its ability to image the entire organ without slice overlap, according to researchers from Berlin and Toronto.
New ultrasound techniques show promise in thyroid nodules February 5, 2010 -- Differentiating benign from malignant thyroid nodules can be difficult, but advanced ultrasound applications such as elastography, computer-assisted analysis, and 3D ultrasound may make that challenge a little easier, according to a trio of presentations at the 2009 RSNA meeting in Chicago.
Functional MRI shows brain activity in some vegetative patients February 4, 2010 -- Using functional MRI, researchers have found some brain activation, awareness, and cognition in a handful of patients in a vegetative or minimally conscious state, according to research published online February 3 by the New England Journal of Medicine.
New VC CAD algorithm reveals submucosal colon cancers February 4, 2010 -- A new computer-aided detection (CAD) algorithm goes beyond flat-polyp detection to find submucosally invading colorectal cancers with virtual colonoscopy. Researchers say the software offers an important alternative to traditional CAD feature classification that could improve the sensitivity of all VC studies.
MRI shows that exercise may increase brain volume February 1, 2010 -- MR images show that exercise prompts an increase in hippocampal brain volume in patients with schizophrenia, as well as in healthy people, according to the February issue of Archives of General Psychiatry.
Conficker worm invades U.K. hospital IT network January 29, 2010 -- The Conficker virus infected approximately 120 computers in healthcare facilities run by the Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in the U.K., according to a statement issued by the trust on January 28.
Medical images unlikely to change risky behavior, study shows January 25, 2010 -- If you show an obese person a medical image of their plaque-clogged arteries, will it help motivate them to get more exercise? Not necessarily, although you might have better luck getting smokers to change their ways, according to a new review of literature from the Cochrane Collaboration.