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Lidocaine buffered with sodium bicarbonate is significantly more comfortable than plain lidocaine when administered for pain control to women undergoing ultrasound-guided core-needle breast biopsies. 

Shortly before her 40th birthday, a woman visits her primary care physician and is advised she should schedule her first mammogram. The patient is puzzled and says she “read somewhere” that she can wait a few years. The physician has heard this before and kindly convinces the patient to comply with the recommendation. She agrees, schedules the mammogram and receives her results before even leaving the imaging facility. 

Adults with disabilities undergo colon cancer screening at a lower rate when compared to the general population, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine. According to the authors, the findings represent an opportunity for care providers to ensure facilities are up to snuff and an impetus to reach out to group homes and other caregivers of disabled adults.

Researchers from the American Cancer Society found a significant uptick in the number of young and middle-aged Americans diagnosed with colorectal cancer, attributed to lifestyle factors such as obesity and sedentary lifestyles. Published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, the authors concluded the risk of colorectal cancer for young adults today is the same as it was in 1890. 

The growing trend of emergency physicians interpreting ultrasound exams can lead to increased imaging utilization downstream, according to an article published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

 

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‘Baking soda buffer’ reduces pain in breast procedures

Lidocaine buffered with sodium bicarbonate is significantly more comfortable than plain lidocaine when administered for pain control to women undergoing ultrasound-guided core-needle breast biopsies. 

Breast and Lung Cancer Screening: The Push for Patient Engagement

Shortly before her 40th birthday, a woman visits her primary care physician and is advised she should schedule her first mammogram. The patient is puzzled and says she “read somewhere” that she can wait a few years. The physician has heard this before and kindly convinces the patient to comply with the recommendation. She agrees, schedules the mammogram and receives her results before even leaving the imaging facility. 

Aetna begins offering virtual colonoscopy

Aetna is now offering CT colonography without patient copay, part of the provision for low-cost preventative screening in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Aetna was the last of the top five insurers in the U.S. to comply with the mandate, according to the American College of Radiology.

Imaging providers need to do a better job of reaching disabled adults, according to Mizzou study

Adults with disabilities undergo colon cancer screening at a lower rate when compared to the general population, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine. According to the authors, the findings represent an opportunity for care providers to ensure facilities are up to snuff and an impetus to reach out to group homes and other caregivers of disabled adults.

Researchers working to develop MRI-powered mini robots to deliver treatment

Researchers from the University of Houston and Houston Methodist Hospital are working to develop and deploy MRI-powered mini robots to travel the body’s venous system delivering drugs or a self-assembled interventional tool as treatment.

SIR17: Interventional radiology offers minimally invasive relief from sweating, back pain

Patients may soon be getting quality-of-life enhancements with interventional radiology techniques designed to alleviate excessive sweating and pain caused by herniated discs. A session at the Society of Interventional Radiology 2017 Annual Meeting called “Emerging IR Therapies” examined case studies of new interventional techniques and their clinical viability.

Researchers find sharp rise in of colon cancer in young adults

Researchers from the American Cancer Society found a significant uptick in the number of young and middle-aged Americans diagnosed with colorectal cancer, attributed to lifestyle factors such as obesity and sedentary lifestyles. Published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, the authors concluded the risk of colorectal cancer for young adults today is the same as it was in 1890. 

Non-radiologist reads can increase resource utilization

The growing trend of emergency physicians interpreting ultrasound exams can lead to increased imaging utilization downstream, according to an article published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

DBT can reduce mammography recall rates, costs for state Medicaid programs

The clinical benefits of adding digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) to the standard mammography workup are well documented, but is it cost-effective? Researchers from a variety of New England institutions built an economic model using data from 31 million Medicaid patients to determine the efficacy of mammography plus DBT.

Overall cancer mortality decreases, but regional disparities persist

Good news for the FDA and HHS marketing departments: The PSAs are working. Overall cancer mortality in the United States decreased by about 20 percent from 1980 to 2014, but it varied widely at the county level, according to a study conducted by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IMHE).

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