June 2012 Briefing - RadiologyLast Updated: July 02, 2012.
Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Radiology for June 2012. 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.
Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Reform Law
THURSDAY, June 28 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Supreme Court voted June 28 to uphold the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), which has been the subject of debate and multiple lawsuits since its 2010 inception.
Nomogram Developed to Estimate Early Breast Cancer Survival
WEDNESDAY, June 27 (HealthDay News) -- A nomogram has been developed to predict five- and 10-year mastectomy-free survival (MFS) in older women with early breast cancer and estimate the predicted benefit of radiation therapy (RT) following conservative surgery (CS), according to research published online June 25 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Duplicate Payments by Federal Government Increasing
WEDNESDAY, June 27 (HealthDay News) -- The federal government spends a substantial and increasing amount on individuals who are dually enrolled in separate managed care programs (the Veterans Affairs health care system [VA] and Medicare Advantage plan [MA]), according to a study published online June 26 in the Journal of the American Medical Association to coincide with presentation at the Annual Research Meeting of AcademyHealth, held from June 24 to 26 in Orlando, Fla.
Use of Electronic Records Tied to Fewer Malpractice Claims
TUESDAY, June 26 (HealthDay News) -- Use of electronic health records (EHRs) is associated with fewer medical malpractice claims among physicians from multiple surgical and medical specialties, according to a research letter published online June 25 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Half of Residents Report Working While Sick
THURSDAY, June 21 (HealthDay News) -- About half of residents have worked while sick, with many reporting feeling obligated to colleagues and patients, according to a research letter published online June 18 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Fatal Airway Necrosis Noted After Stereotactic Body Radiation
WEDNESDAY, June 13 (HealthDay News) -- A woman who was treated with stereotactic body-radiation therapy (SBRT) for two non-metastasized non-small-cell lung cancers died from fatal central-airway necrosis, according to a case report published in the June 14 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Gender Gap Exists in Physician Researchers' Salaries
TUESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- A survey of mid-career academic physician researchers shows that gender differences in salary exist even after adjusting for differences in specialty, institutional characteristics, academic productivity, academic rank, and work hours, according to a study published in the June 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Advanced Imaging, Radiation Exposure Up Over Last Decade
TUESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- From 1996 to 2010 there was an increase in the use of advanced diagnostic imaging and associated radiation exposure within integrated health care systems, according to a study published in the June 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Fractional Anisotropy Abnormalities ID'd in Mild TBI
TUESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- Following mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) reveals abnormalities in white matter fractional anisotropy (FA) indicative of traumatic axonal injury, which vary between patients, according to a study published online June 9 in Brain Imaging and Behavior.
Prevalence, Predictors of Interval Colorectal Cancer ID'd
FRIDAY, June 8 (HealthDay News) -- A variety of procedural and biologic factors contribute to the development of interval colorectal cancers, seen in 7.2 percent of Medicare beneficiaries, according to a study published in the June 15 issue of Cancer.
CT Scans Up Risk of Leukemia, Brain Tumors in Young
THURSDAY, June 7 (HealthDay News) -- For children and young adults, radiation from computed tomography (CT) scans is linked to an increased risk of leukemia and brain tumors, although the absolute risks are small, according to a study published online June 7 in The Lancet.
Beta-Carotene Safe During Prostate Cancer Treatment
THURSDAY, June 7 (HealthDay News) -- The use of the antioxidant beta-carotene during radiation therapy treatment for prostate cancer is not associated with an increase in prostate cancer deaths or metastases, according to research published in the May issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics.
Radiology Residents Might Benefit From Tablet Devices
TUESDAY, June 5 (HealthDay News) -- Residents in radiology programs believe that they would likely spend more time learning radiology if tablet devices and mobile electronic resources were incorporated into their radiology education, according to research published in the June issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Spondylolisthesis Linked to Spinous Process Fractures
FRIDAY, June 1 (HealthDay News) -- There is a strong association between degenerative spondylolisthesis and spinous process fracture in patients undergoing interspinous process spacer (IPS) surgery, according to a study published online May 24 in The Spine Journal.
Skin Testing Not Sufficient to ID Contrast Media Sensitivity
FRIDAY, June 1 (HealthDay News) -- More than 50 percent of patients with nonimmediate reactions to iodinated contrast media (CM) are identified with the drug provocation test (DPT) and not with skin testing, according to a study published online May 15 in Allergy.