From reimbursement to the use of clinical decision support, several issues have been top of mind for radiologists and other health professionals when it comes to medical imaging in 2014. And they haven't been shy about sharing their opinions with FierceMedicalImaging. Here are five of our favorite quotes so far in 2014.
Should elderly women undergo mammograms?
Like many of the issues involved in the mammography debate, this one has accounted for a wide variety of opinions. The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), for example, recommends against screening for women 75 and older. Conversely, the American Cancer Society recommends that women continue to have mammograms annually as long as they are in good health.
According to Judith A. Malmgren, M.D, affiliate assistant professor at the University of Washington's School of Public Health and Community Medicine in Seattle, the problem with determining the effectiveness in this age group is the paucity of available research; elderly women don't make good candidates for clinical trials. Read more...
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A new, noninvasive imaging technique combining photoacoustic imaging, PET and a nanoscale contrast agent improves imaging of the intestine, according to an article in Nature Nanotechnology.
Amid the continuing debate over whether there is sufficient evidence to support the widespread use of low-dose CT (LDCT) lung cancer screening, the Veteran's Health Administration has launched a demonstration project to assess its initial experience in implementing a screening program.
Colonoscopies for cancer survivors over the age of 74 may carry risks that outweigh the benefits, according to a study published online in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Researchers now are able to successfully perform imaging exams using robotic arms controlled remotely via the Internet, according to two papers published in the August issue of JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging.
Oncologists at the University of California San Diego Moores Cancer Center are using MRI with traditional ultrasound prostate exams to produce three-dimensional images of the prostate that enable physicians to see previously undetectable growths.
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