August 2012 Briefing - RadiologyLast Updated: September 04, 2012.
Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Radiology for August 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.
New Treatment Available for Repeated Occlusion of Arteries
FRIDAY, Aug. 31 (HealthDay News) -- A new endovascular brachytherapy (EVBT) procedure using liquid beta-emitting rhenium-188 (Re-188) is safe and effective in preventing restenosis in people with long-segment femoropopliteal in-stent stenosis (ISS), according to research published in the August issue of the Journal of Endovascular Therapy.
MRI Scanners Temporarily Impair Neurocognitive Function
FRIDAY, Aug. 31 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to movement-induced time-varying magnetic fields within a static magnetic stray field of a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner, which is always present even if no imaging is taking place, temporarily impairs attention, concentration, and visuospatial orientation, according to a study published online Aug. 29 in Occupational & Environmental Medicine.
Functional Flow Reserve CT Improves Diagnosis of CAD
TUESDAY, Aug. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Noninvasive fractional flow reserve (FFR) computed from computed tomography (CT) (FFRCT) plus CT improves the diagnostic accuracy of coronary artery disease (CAD) compared with CT alone, according to a study published online Aug. 26 in the Journal of the American Medical Association to coincide with presentation at the annual European Society of Cardiology Congress, held from Aug. 25 to 29 in Munich.
Claustrophobia Linked to Depression With Back Pain
FRIDAY, Aug. 24 (HealthDay News) -- Claustrophobia is tied to higher rates of depression and psychological distress, but not disability, in back pain patients, according to a study published in the August issue of the Journal of Spinal Disorders & Techniques.
Mortality Rates Down for Adult Trauma Patients in Last Decade
THURSDAY, Aug. 23 (HealthDay News) -- The mortality rate for adult patients admitted to trauma centers in Pennsylvania has declined over the past decade, according to research published in the August issue of the Archives of Surgery.
Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency Not Specific to MS
THURSDAY, Aug. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Changes in brain blood flow associated with chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) are not specific for multiple sclerosis (MS) and do not correlate with its severity, according to a study published online Aug. 21 in Radiology.
Low Back Pain Outcomes Not Improved by Early Imaging
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 22 (HealthDay News) -- For workers with low back pain, early magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is not associated with better health outcomes at one year, according to a study published in the Aug. 15 issue of Spine.
High Density on Mammograms Not Tied to Risk of Death
TUESDAY, Aug. 21 (HealthDay News) -- High mammographic breast density is not associated with an increased risk of breast cancer-related or all-cause mortality, according to a study published online Aug. 21 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Study Shows 'SuperAgers' Have Thicker Cortex, No Atrophy
MONDAY, Aug. 20 (HealthDay News) -- 'SuperAgers,' individuals over the age of 80 with episodic memory performance as good as normative values for 50- to 65-year-olds, do exist, and they have a thicker cerebral cortex, with no atrophy, according to a study published online Aug. 16 in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society.
Karate Black Belts Have Differences in Brain Structure
MONDAY, Aug. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Black belts in karate have differences in white matter brain structure that are associated with their voluntary control of movement, according to a study published online Aug. 14 in Cerebral Cortex.
Brain Measurements Predict Age With 92 Percent Accuracy
THURSDAY, Aug. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Using measurements of more than 200 structural features of the brain, a child's age can be predicted with over 92 percent accuracy, according to a study published online Aug. 16 in Current Biology.
Atypical Functional Brain Activation Seen in Leukoaraiosis
TUESDAY, Aug. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Leukoaraiosis correlates with atypical functional activation during semantic decision tasks, according to a study published online Aug. 13 in Radiology.
High-Field MRI Superior for Delineation of Alar Ligaments
FRIDAY, Aug. 10 (HealthDay News) -- High-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) (1.5 Tesla [T], 3 T) is superior to low-field MRI (1 T) for the delineation of alar ligaments (AL), but the field strength does not influence signal intensity in healthy volunteers, according to a study published in the Aug. 1 issue of Spine.
Global Brain Connectivity Linked to Intelligence
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8 (HealthDay News) -- The activity of the lateral prefrontal cortex of the brain and its level of connectivity with other brain regions predicts intelligence, according to a study published in the June 27 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience.
Racial Disparity in CT Use for Children With Head Trauma
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Minority children with minor blunt head trauma and low or intermediate risk for clinically important traumatic brain injury are significantly less likely to receive cranial computed tomography (CT) in the emergency department than their nonminority peers with the same risk, according to a study published in the August issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.
Limitations ID'd in Women's Breast Health in Pakistan
TUESDAY, Aug. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Women in Pakistan need more awareness about breast health and access to early detection, and there is marked inconsistency among general practitioners (GPs) with respect to screening practices, work-up, and management, according to a study published in the August issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Superficial X-Ray Viable for Basal, Squamous Cell Carcinoma
MONDAY, Aug. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Superficial X-ray therapy remains a viable treatment for primary basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) in select patients, according to a study published online July 23 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Thigh Muscle Density Linked to Physical Functioning in RA
FRIDAY, Aug. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Thigh muscle density (TMD), as derived from computed tomography (CT), appears to be a strong indicator of physical functioning and disability in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, according to a study published in the August issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism.
Epicardial Fat Tissue Thickness Predicts Coronary Artery Disease
FRIDAY, Aug. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Asymptomatic patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) have significantly more epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) than those without CAD, with an average EAT thickness of 2.4 mm or higher predictive of significant CAD, according to a study published online in the August issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.
High-Cost Imaging of Advanced Cancer Patients Increasing
THURSDAY, Aug. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Use of imaging in stage IV cancer patients increased from 1995 to 2006, according to a study published online July 31 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Active Surveillance Up in Multidisciplinary Prostate CA Care
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Men with low-risk prostate cancer are more likely to pursue active surveillance when seen at a multidisciplinary prostate cancer clinic rather than when they see individual specialists in sequential settings, according to a study published online July 30 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Adding Radiation Aids Pediatric Nonmetastatic Medulloblastoma
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Compared with postoperative chemotherapy alone, adding conformal radiation therapy (CRT) to induction chemotherapy for the treatment of young children with nonmetastatic medulloblastoma increases event-free survival (EFS), according to a study published online July 30 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.