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Study: Age, education critical to device use for docs and patients

Acceptance and use of mHealth devices for medical care by doctors and patients varies given age and education levels, according to a report from Hannover Medical School in Germany, which examined how medical staff and patients perceive mHealth devices.

CT angiography a life saver for suspected heart disease patients

The use of computed tomography coronary angiography (CTA) in patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD) improves outcomes and contributes to improved survival, according to a new study published in the journal  Atherosclerosis.

Over-imaging of children: The discouraging pattern continues

Last year, a study published in  JAMA Pediatrics  evaluated the use of CT scans between 1996 and 2010 in children younger than 15 years and found that between 1996 and 2005 the use of CT doubled among children younger than 5 years old, and almost tripled for older children. The good news in that study was that even though the rate of CT imaging on children remained high, it declined in the period between 2005 and 2010. It seemed that efforts to reduce children's exposure to ionizing radiation through campaigns like Image Gently were having an effect. That's why the results of new research out of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, reported in this week's issue of  FierceMedicalImaging, are so discouraging.  

Tomosynthesis effective for finding cancer, reducing recall rates for women under 50

Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is effective in reducing patient recalls and detecting cancers when compared to digital mammography, but is even more effective when used to screen women under the age of 50, according to a study published in October 13 in the  Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Pediatricians order too many head CT scans for children

Children with concussion symptoms are still undergoing too many CT scans according to a study out of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Center.

New PET imaging technique IDs dangerous bacteria

Researchers at Johns Hopkins are combining a PET scanner with a chemical tracer to detect and monitor, in real time, dangerous bacteria inside the body.

Researchers using ultrasound to measure abdominal aortic aneurysms

Researchers at Purdue University's Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering are investigating how ultrasound can be used to study abdominal aortic aneurysms, the 13th leading cause of death in the U.S.

How appropriate are ACR's appropriateness criteria?

Back in the 1990s the American College of Radiology began a huge project to define the appropriate use of different imaging technologies. This effort--the ACR Appropriateness Criteria--is continually updated and covers all medical procedures, helping healthcare providers conduct the most appropriate medical imaging exam for a patient's clinical condition. Recent research shows us, however, that some work still needs to be done when it comes to the use of appropriateness criteria.   

Stanford researchers using ultrasound to power internal medical devices

Engineers at Stanford University are working on ways to use ultrasound to send power--safely and wisely--to "smart chips" programmed to monitor a person's health or treat pain.

Interruptions lead to mistakes by radiology residents

Interruptions in the form of telephone calls increase the possibility that radiology residents can make mistakes in creating preliminary reports, according to an article published online in  Academic Radiology.