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Have we dropped the ball on radiation safety?

Over the last several years, radiation dose and patient safety have been of particular concern among healthcare providers, particularly with the publication of studies showing that patients were exposed to enough radiation to potentially lead to tens of thousands of future cancer cases. Still, concerns continue to linger.  

PET helps predict improvement capacity for vegetative patients

The use of PET scans can help distinguish between patients that are in vegetative states and those that have some degree of consciousness and have the potential to improve, according to new research published online in  The Lancet.

Prostate cancer active surveillance ineffective without follow up

Active surveillance of low-risk prostate cancer becomes ineffective when patients don't return for follow up exams, according to a study presented last week at the European Association of Urology's annual congress.

Swiss Medical Board: Time to abolish mammo screening?

Last year, the Swiss Medical Board was mandated by Swiss health authorities to prepare a review of mammography screening, and based on its findings has recommended that no new systematic screening programs be introduced. What's more, it said, a time limit must be placed on existing programs.

Medical residents lack radiation safety knowledge

While radiology residents score higher when it comes to understanding radiation safety, residents across all specialties still demonstrate a limited amount of radiation safety knowledge, according to a study out of the Emory University School of Medicine.

Health policy and the value of imaging research

A look at three articles published in this week's issue of  FierceMedicalImaging  demonstrates the need for--and the value of--radiology and medical imaging research.

Lean principles help interventional radiology department reduce nurse, tech OT

The implementation of "lean" principles in the interventional radiology division at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine enabled it to streamline workflow and reduce nurse and technologist overtime, according to an article in the  Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Proton therapy's future: Uncertainty lingers

The high cost of building and equipping a proton beam therapy facility--and whether the benefits in terms of patient outcomes is worth those costs--means the future of proton therapy remains uncertain.

Amyloid PET scans 'latest campaign for overdiagnosis'

In a commentary published online in  JAMA Internal Medicine, Susan Molchan, M.D., a private practice psychiatrist from Bethesda, Md., suggested the push to get amyloid PET scans covered by Medicare is part of the "the latest campaign for overdiagnosis."

Mammo debate: Is it time to push the reset button?

Two opinion papers published this week in the  Annals of Internal Medicine  argue that it's time to start thinking differently about the issues associated with breast cancer and mammography screening, particularly with each side of the breast screening debate bringing up the same arguments based on data from old trials.