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Choosing Wisely for radiology: More than a conversation starter

When the Choosing Wisely campaign was launched in 2012, the stated goal of the initiative was to "spark conversation" about the necessity of certain frequently ordered tests and treatments. Currently, we are seeing evidence that Choosing Wisely recommendations--many of which are related to radiology and medical imaging--are, indeed, having an impact.

ASTRO's Choosing Wisely recommendations impact breast cancer practices

The Choosing Wisely campaign has resulted in the alteration of some breast cancer practices for the better, according to a study presented last week at the American Society for Radiation Oncology's annual meeting.

FDG-PET lung cancer scans less accurate in certain geographic areas

An analysis of published studies has found that FDG-PET is less effective at diagnosing lung cancer compared to other kinds of benign lung diseases in geographic areas where those diseases are more common.

Patients, providers say CTC benefits outweigh risks

Both patients and healthcare providers believe that the benefits of diagnosing extracolonic malignancies with computed tomography colonography (CTC) outweigh the risks--subsequent radiology exams or invasive procedures caused by false-positives--according to a study in the October issue of  Radiology.

Unnecessary imaging: Solving a multibillion-dollar problem

Earlier this month, research company peer60 published a report--as described in FierceMedicalImaging--which calculated that as much as $12 billion is wasted every year on unnecessary imaging. The...

PET imaging used to identify neurological patterns associated with PTSD

The use of PET imaging helps identify neurological patterns in the brain of patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

PET/CT more accurate than conventional CT in evaluating lymphoma patients

The Use of PET/CT is more accurate than conventional CT in measuring response to treatment and predicting survival of patients with follicular lymphoma, and should be routinely used in clinical practice, according to a study published in  Lancet Haematology.

MRI-based radiation therapy aids prostate cancer patients

The use of more precise radiotherapy treatments involving MRI-planned external beam radiation therapy on prostate cancer patients is not only curing them, but is doing so in a way that preserves their sexual function, according to research presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology.

Doppler ultrasound IDs patients at risk for ischemic stroke

The use of transcranial Doppler ultrasound can help to identify asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis patients who are at risk for stroke, according to a study published online in  Radiology.

Ultrasound just as effective as CT in detecting kidney stones

The use of ultrasound to detect kidney stones is just as effective as CT, according to a study in the Sept. 18 issue of the  New England Journal of Medicine.