Austrian study uses MDCT to uncover tale of 12 mummies
October 5, 2009 -- Following the path of King Tut, Nefertiti, and other famed Egyptian figures, a collection of 500- to 1,000-year-old Chachapoyan mummies from northern Peru has now gone under the CT scanner -- a first in the study of this Andean people, according to research in the European Journal of Radiology.
CAD fails to make up for inexperience in reading VC studies
September 30, 2009 -- Using computer-aided detection (CAD) software with a 3D display technique can increase sensitivity for inexperienced readers of virtual colonoscopy exams, but it fails to narrow the performance gap with experienced interpreters, according to a study published in the October issue of Clinical Radiology.
VC excels at diverticulosis staging
September 28, 2009 -- Although virtual colonoscopy practice has always focused on adenoma detection and colon cancer prevention, the exam is proving to be formidable in the staging of diverticular disease, a scourge of fast-food Western nations that affects most of their citizens by age 60.
CT, MRI look at different etiologies for myocardial fat
September 25, 2009 -- New studies appearing in Radiology online examine two different etiologies associated with myocardial fat deposits. Their presence on imaging studies, both in CT and MRI, can help radiologists evaluate the extent of disease and potential risks.
Cardiac MR changes management in 62% of cases, study shows
September 25, 2009 -- A German study has found that cardiovascular MR changes clinical management in approximately two-thirds of heart patient cases and can also eliminate the need for additional imaging procedures. Researchers also concluded that cardiovascular MR with contrast is safe and produces diagnostic-quality images in 98% of cases.
Medicare patients have high radiation therapy dropout rates
September 24, 2009 -- Nearly half of Medicare patients in the U.S. interrupt or don't complete their prescribed radiation therapy treatments for head and neck cancer, according to a new study published in the September issue of the Archives of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery.
Ultrasound densitometry finds beer helps women keep strong bones
September 23, 2009 -- While wine has long been cited for its health benefits, beer hasn't enjoyed nearly the same positive reputation. But a study published in the October issue of Nutrition found that ultrasound bone-density values were higher for women who drink beer, besting both wine drinkers and teetotalers.
VC researchers weigh 3 iodine tagging regimens
September 21, 2009 -- A laxative-and-tagging regimen consisting of iodinated contrast plus a sodium phosphate mixture showed the best cleansing results among three concoctions in preparing for virtual colonoscopy exams. But a two-day regimen of iodinated contrast and a mild laxative at mealtime was better accepted by patients, according to a new study from Italy.
CAD enhances breast MRI specificity
September 17, 2009 -- Although breast MRI is highly sensitive for detecting breast cancer, the technique remains plagued by a relatively low level of specificity. But computer-aided detection (CAD) technology can help reduce false-positive findings, according to research published online this month in European Radiology.
SPECT/CT helps novice clinicians detect arthritic joints
September 8, 2009 -- SPECT/CT can help orthopedic surgeons and radiologists identify multiple arthritic joints in the feet and ankles and localize degenerative joint disease, according to a study published in the September issue of the British edition of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.
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