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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
Fuzzy 3D ultrasound CAD sharpens breast cancer sensitivity
September 3, 2009 -- A new breast ultrasound computer-aided detection (CAD) application uses a fuzzy 3D image processing scheme to deliver high sensitivity to improve the detection of early breast cancers. Read More
MRI finds proximal femur fractures missed by x-ray
September 1, 2009 -- MRI can detect a significant number of fractures of the proximal femur that are missed by plain radiography, as well as prompt early diagnosis and initiation of treatment, according to a British study. Read More
Advanced image processing stitches together CE images
August 31, 2009 -- An image processing technique forged in Japan could make wireless capsule endoscopy (CE) more useful by analyzing and cobbling together the somewhat unpredictable sequence of small intestine images generated by the tiny capsule endoscopy cameras. Read More
Most choose VC over colonoscopy, study shows
August 27, 2009 -- A new study from the Netherlands has found that most patients preferred reduced-prep virtual colonoscopy over conventional optical colonoscopy. Patients judged reduced-prep VC, both prep and procedure, as less burdensome, a fact the researchers hope could lead to greater compliance in colorectal cancer screening. Read More
Brazilian team marries lung CAD with PACS
August 20, 2009 -- Nearly all computer-aided detection (CAD) systems in clinical use today have a major shortcoming: the need to transfer image data to a separate workstation to run CAD software, with CAD data remaining separate from the PACS images radiologists read in their normal workflow. Researchers from São Paulo may have the answer. Read More
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