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VHA project a middle approach toward low dose CT lung cancer screening

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.

Balancing the risks and rewards of imaging with ionizing radiation

A new report from the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment in the UK reminds us that efforts are underway to continue to understand and balance the risks and rewards of medical imaging with ionizing radiation.

For cancer survivors, colonoscopy risks increase with age

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.

Remote robots cut imaging consult, procedure times

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.

MRI-guided prostate biopsy enables more precise cancer care

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.

Initiative reduces inappropriate imaging referrals

Efforts by the Ontario Ministry of Health to reduce inappropriate imaging referrals for lumbar MRI didn't lower the number of new referrals but did result in the ordering of more appropriate exams, according to a study published this month in the  Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Should age be a barrier to mammography?

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.

CDC cancer screening program for underserved women effective, but lacks reach

The National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) began in 1991 and has provided more than 4.3 million women with breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services. However, researchers say, it has only been able to reach a relative small percentage who are eligible for the program

Stanford researchers develop noninvasive brain imaging technique

Stanford University researchers have developed a method of imaging the brain through the use of lasers and carbon nanotubes.

Study: Mammo beneficial for women over 75

Mammography for women over the age of 75 results in the early detection of breast cancer and provides similar benefits to those provided to younger women regarding treatment and disease-specific survival, according to a study published in  Radiology.