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Swiss docs: Not enough evidence to abolish mammo programs

A pair of Swiss physicians argue that while the Swiss Medical Board has recommended a move away from systematic mammography screening, there still isn't enough evidence to abolish screening programs.

Docs may be performing too many colonoscopies after polyp removal

Doctors may be performing too many surveillance colonoscopies on patients who have had pre-cancerous polyps removed during an earlier colon cancer screening procedures, according to a study published recently in the  New England Journal of Medicine.

ACR to CMS: Cover virtual colonoscopy

A proposed decision by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to cover a stool DNA colorectal cancer screening test has prompted the American College of Radiology (ACR) to ask it to cover CT colonography (or virtual colonoscopy), as well.

Cancer screening wonder: Skepticism taking over

The introduction of mammography and colonoscopy back in the 1960s helped introduce an "age of wonder" for cancer screening that correlated with a significant drop in mortality rates, according to Cary Gross, M.D., of Yale Medical School. Conversely, according to Gross, the 21st Century has launched a new age of wonder in the sense that people are now wondering how beneficial cancer screening actually is.

New photoacoustic technique improves imaging of intestine

A new, noninvasive imaging technique combining photoacoustic imaging, PET and a nanoscale contrast agent improves imaging of the intestine, according to an article in  Nature Nanotechnology.

Walmart health and its implications for imaging

Walmart has opened five primary care offices across the country with plans to add more. These offices are in/near their stores. And, the supply-chain-rich, nationally-networked behemoth has decided to roll out this initiative by targeting underserved populations. Consequently, it is necessary to ask ourselves, "What is next?" I argue that  imaging  will be the next service offered at discount prices by our local stores. "Welcome to Walmart! Would you like to get a mammogram today?"

Modern imaging tech helps cath labs reduce radiation dose exposure

Cardiologists at Cleveland Clinic were able to significantly reduce radiation doses in their catheterization laboratories through the use of new imaging technology and flat-bed panel detector systems, according to an article published online in  Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions.

Radiology in 2014: What 5 health leaders have to say

From reimbursement to the use of clinical decision support, several issues have been top of mind for radiologists and other health professionals when it comes to medical imaging in 2014. And they haven't been shy about sharing their opinions with  FierceMedicalImaging. Here are five of our favorite quotes so far in 2014.

FDA calls hi-focus ultrasound prostate cancer technology unsafe

The Gastroenterology and Urology Devices Panel of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted last week not to recommend approval of a high-focus ultrasound technology designed to treat low-risk prostate cancer.

Radiation therapy effective for cardiac care

Two studies recently presented at the recent annual American Association of Physicists in Medicine meeting in Austin, Texas, demonstrate how radiation therapy can be used for more than cancer treatment.