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June 2011 Briefing - Radiology

Last Updated: July 01, 2011.

 

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Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Radiology for June 2011. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Low-Dose CT Screening Tied to Reduced Lung Cancer Mortality

THURSDAY, June 30 (HealthDay News) -- Screening with low-dose helical computed tomography (CT) may reduce mortality from lung cancer, according to a study published online June 29 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Uncertainty of Diagnosis Tied to Increased Patient Anxiety

THURSDAY, June 30 (HealthDay News) -- Women awaiting diagnostic breast biopsy or invasive treatment experience increased stress levels, but only those awaiting biopsy have increased anxiety, according to a study published in the July issue of Radiology.

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African-Americans Have More Noncalcified Plaque

WEDNESDAY, June 29 (HealthDay News) -- African-Americans tend to have more noncalcified atherosclerotic plaque, while whites tend to have more calcified plaque, according to a study published online June 1 in Radiology.

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Mammography Invites Linked to Fewer Breast Cancer Deaths

TUESDAY, June 28 (HealthDay News) -- Invitation to mammographic screening is correlated with a significant reduction in mortality from breast cancer in the long term, according to a study published online June 28 in Radiology.

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Morphologic Changes Occur Over First Two Years Post-ACL Injury

TUESDAY, June 28 (HealthDay News) -- Significant changes are seen in cartilage thickness two years after acute injury of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), and these changes are associated with age at the time of injury, according to research published in the June 15 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.

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Normal CT Scan Tied to Favorable Head Trauma Result

MONDAY, June 27 (HealthDay News) -- Children with minor blunt head injury with normal initial computed tomography (CT) scan results and a Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) score of 14 to 15 are very unlikely to need neurosurgical intervention, according to a study published online June 17 in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

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Many With High-Risk Breast Cancer Don't Undergo Radiation

MONDAY, June 27 (HealthDay News) -- In response to the publication of clinical trials there was an increase in the number of women with high-risk breast cancer receiving postmastectomy radiation therapy (PMRT), but no further increase has been seen following publication of evidence-based guidelines, according to a study published online June 27 in Cancer.

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Myocardial Damage Found in Asymptomatic Cocaine Addicts

FRIDAY, June 24 (HealthDay News) -- Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging detects a high prevalence of cardiac damage in asymptomatic cocaine addicts, according to a study published online June 20 in Heart.

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Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Approach Feasible for Infants

FRIDAY, June 24 (HealthDay News) -- Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) using a feed-and-swaddle approach does not require deep sedation or cardiac anesthesia, and can be used to evaluate aortic arch abnormalities in infants, according to a study published in the July 1 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.

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Multidetector CT Scan Diagnostic of Appendicitis

TUESDAY, June 21 (HealthDay News) -- Multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) is a highly sensitive and specific test for routine evaluation of suspected appendicitis in adults, according to a study published in the June 21 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Inconsistent Thresholds Seen in CT, MR Perfusion Imaging

MONDAY, June 20 (HealthDay News) -- Optimum values for cerebral perfusion imaging with computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance (MR) to identify tissue at risk of infarction in acute stroke are not consistent, according to a review published online June 2 in the Annals of Neurology.

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Chemoradiotherapy May Benefit Recurrent Head, Neck Cancers

THURSDAY, June 16 (HealthDay News) -- Retreatment with concurrent chemotherapy and reirradiation (CReRT) may be a treatment option for a specific group of patients with recurrent or second primary head and neck cancer (HNC), although prior treatment with chemoradiotherapy (CRT) is associated with worse overall survival (OS), according to a study published online June 13 in Cancer.

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Unequal Care Access for Children With Public Insurance

THURSDAY, June 16 (HealthDay News) -- Access to outpatient care is restricted for children with public insurance compared to those with private insurance, according to a study published in the June 16 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Life Expectancy in U.S. Counties Below Many Nations

WEDNESDAY, June 15 (HealthDay News) -- Most counties within the United States fall behind the international frontier with the best life expectancies in the world, according to a study published online June 15 in Population Health Metrics.

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Similar Number for Outpatient, Inpatient Malpractice Claims

TUESDAY, June 14 (HealthDay News) -- The number of paid malpractice claims is similar in both inpatient and outpatient settings, according to a study published in the June 15 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Gender Disparity Observed in Myocardial Perfusion Imaging

TUESDAY, June 14 (HealthDay News) -- The majority of inappropriate and uncertain studies for myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) are ordered for women by primary care physicians (PCPs), according to a study published online April 23 in the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology.

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New Device Performs PET, MRI Scans Simultaneously

FRIDAY, June 10 (HealthDay News) -- The first device to perform simultaneous position emission tomography and magnetic resonance imaging scans has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the agency said Friday.

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New Diagnostic Strategy for Patients With Suspected PE

FRIDAY, June 10 (HealthDay News) -- A proposed diagnostic strategy combines clinical assessment, D-dimer testing, ultrasonography, and lung scan to give a noninvasive diagnosis for the majority of outpatients with suspected pulmonary embolism (PE), according to a study published in the June issue of Chest.

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High-Pitch CT Offers Diagnostic Accuracy for Children

MONDAY, June 6 (HealthDay News) -- Use of high-pitch, dual-source computed tomography (CT) in pediatric patients with congenital heart disease offers diagnostic accuracy at lower radiation doses, according to a study published in the May 15 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.

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Coronary Artery Calcium Score May Predict Mortality Risk

THURSDAY, June 2 (HealthDay News) -- A higher coronary artery calcium (CAC) score may be an independent predictor of mortality in patients with diabetes, according to a study published in the May issue of Diabetes Care.

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Functional MRI May Indicate Language Disability in Autism

WEDNESDAY, June 1 (HealthDay News) -- Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) may be used as an indicator of language impairment in children with autism, according to a study published online May 31 in Radiology.

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