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Financial incentives have little impact on cancer screening rates

A program to increase cancer screening rates in Canada by providing financial incentives to primary care physicians has had little effect on those screening rates, according to a study published in the July/August issue of the  Annals of Family Medicine.

Boston hospital assesses emergency radiology operations in bombing aftermath

An article published recently in the journal  Radiology  details how the emergency radiology staff at one of those facilities--Brigham and Women's Hospital--responded to the mass casualties that flooded into the hospital in the aftermath of the bombing, and describes the changes it made to some operations and procedures as a result of that experience.

Minor head trauma doesn't warrant pediatric CT scan use

A new study has found that children who experience head trauma and only lose consciousness without suffering from any other symptoms don't need routine CT scans of the head.

USPSTF finalizes recommendation against ultrasound screening to prevent stroke

The United States Preventive Services Task Force has finalized its draft recommendation against ultrasound carotid artery stenosis screening as a way of preventing stroke.

Proton therapy better than IMRT for cancer treatments

Proton beam therapy has a significant advantage over intensity modulated radiation therapy when it comes to improving disease free survival and tumor control in patients with head and neck cancers, according to a study by Mayo Clinic radiation oncologists.

Do Medicare patients benefit from skyrocketing mammo costs?

The costs to Medicare to cover mammography screening skyrocketed in the first decade of the 21 st  Century, according to a study published online July 1 in the  Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

New noninvasive imaging technique can improve treatment for lung cancer patients

The use of a new imaging technique--quantitative computed tomography texture analysis (QTA)--could help provide lung cancer patients with improved treatments and better track their progress, according to a study in the journal  PLOS ONE.

FDA issues warning about problems at Montana mammo clinic

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a safety communication alert to patients who had mammograms at Big Sky Diagnostic Imaging in Butte, Montana, about possible problems with the quality of mammograms performed any time after Nov. 19, 2011.

Tomo plus mammo finds more cancers, reduces recall rates

Tomosynthesis added to digital mammography is associated with an increase in the detection of breast cancers as well as a decrease in call-back rates, according to a study published in the June 25 issue of the  Journal of the American Medical Association.

Are docs having the right kinds of cancer screening discussions with patients?

Breast cancer screening and its effect on cancer mortality rates, as well as the harms associated with overdiagnosis and false positives, was in the news yet again this past week as a  study in the journal BMJ showed that mammography screening can significantly cut mortality rates from the disease. But in a commentary accompanying the article, the authors suggested that the question remains whether the benefits of mammography outweigh its harms, a question that should be the subject of a discussion between doctors and their patients, they say.   That begs another question: Are doctors having the right kind of conversation with their patients about breast cancer screening?