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Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S., but screening rates for the disease continue to be lower than those for both breast and cervical cancers, Courtney C. Moreno, MD, and colleagues at the Emory University School of Medicine reported this month. Colorectal cancer was projected to cause at least 50,000 deaths in the U.S. alone last year, but screening rates top out at 62.4 percent.

A lead-tip angle of 70 degrees has been established as CT pacemaker imaging’s “magic angle,” according to research published in Academic Radiology this month.

Fatigue is a real issue in radiology and affects diagnostic accuracy, according to a new systematic review of the subject published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Silent alternatives to conventional MRI scans are showing promising results, but reducing noise in MR angiograms (MRAs) is proving a more difficult task, a team of Stanford University scientists reported in the American Journal of Roentgenology this week.

After a negative mammogram, additional ultrasound for patients experiencing breast pain is unlikely to provide value, according to a study published by Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology. If additional symptoms are present, however, ultrasound may be worth considering.

 

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High false-positive rate raises questions about LCS project

Researchers knew more information was needed when they saw the false-positive rate of the Veterans Health Administration lung cancer screening (LCS) demonstration project (58.2 percent) was considerably higher than the false-positive rate of the National Lung Screening Trial (26.3 percent).

Consistent exercise linked to increased lifespan of breast cancer survivors

Regularly participating in resistance and aerobic exercise could increase the lifespan of breast cancer survivors, according to a new study published by the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

4 ways working overnight shifts can affect a radiologist’s performance

Many radiologists will experience overnight shift (ONS) work during their career, either as a resident or an attending-level physician. So how does working such hours affect a specialist’s ability to do their job?

How are supply-side factors associated with county-level screening mammography rates?

Supply-side factors such as the number of mammography facilities and the number of breast imaging specialists are weakly associated with county-level Medicare beneficiary screening mammography rates, according to a new study published in Academic Radiology.

Researchers find connection between peritumoral edema in breast cancer patients and disease recurrence

If preoperative MR imaging reveals the presence of peritumoral edema in a patient with invasive breast cancer, it could be a sign of disease recurrence later on, according to new research published in Radiology.

Value-based care in action: Radiologists help high-risk individuals receive care they need

Before artificial intelligence entered the picture, the biggest topic in radiology was the industry’s ongoing shift from volume-based care to value-based care. And from time to time, I’ll notice a particular story, statement or study that reminds me of that shift—an example of radiologists going that extra mile to make a difference in the lives of their patients—and think, “now that is what people had in mind when they talked about demonstrating real value.”

FNA-B performs better than PET-CT when imaging small pulmonary nodules

CT-guided fine-needle aspiration biopsies (FNA-Bs) have a higher sensitivity and diagnostic accuracy than PET-CT when imaging pulmonary nodules 8 mm or smaller, according to a new study published in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology.

Flash Storage: An Important Part of Any Enterprise Imaging Strategy

As electronic health records (EHRs), interoperability and value-based care have grown more important in healthcare, an increasing number of providers are tasking IT departments with developing, implementing and managing complex enterprise imaging (EI) strategies. And one of the biggest components of any EI strategy is its ability to properly store the massive amounts of data the provider produces on a daily basis.

3 lessons for providing patient-centered care through a lung cancer screening program

Screening programs give radiologists a chance to interact directly with patients, demonstrating their value to the entire healthcare enterprise. Researchers from Weill Cornell Imaging at New York-Presbyterian in New York City, for instance, implemented a CT-based lung cancer screening program at their own institution and wrote about their experience in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

The value of happiness: Patients satisfied with care more likely to undergo a mammogram

Radiologists are always looking for new ways to improve screening mammography utilization among their patients. According to a new study published by Academic Radiology, one way to produce an uptick in utilization is by ensuring patients have a strong relationship with their primary care physician and are satisfied with the quality of care they receive.

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