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CAD has little effect on radiologists' diagnoses

Radiologists rarely change their diagnoses after using computer-aided detection systems with digital mammography, according to a study published this month in the  American Journal of Roentgenology.

CDS increasingly important in struggle to manage imaging utilization

The use of computerized physician order entry software supplemented by real-time clinical decision support is becoming an increasingly important tool in efforts to manage imaging utilization.

Emergency CT angiography can slash unnecessary hospitalizations

The use of CT angiography to diagnose emergency department patients presenting with chest pain can reduce unnecessary hospitalizations, according to a study published in the September issue of  Radiology.

'FAST' MRI speedier, more accurate than digital mammo

An abbreviated MRI screening protocol for breast cancer results in an exam that takes just three minutes, is just as good as a regular MRI that takes an average of 21 minutes and is more accurate than digital mammography, according to a study in the  Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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.