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  • Knowledge Empowers: Regular Mammograms Reduce Breast Cancer Deaths

    radRounds Radiology Network
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
    Knowledge Empowers: Regular Mammograms Reduce Breast Cancer Deaths PSA Campaign Educates Women about Mammographic Screening Reston, Va. (Oct. 1, 2014) — Thirty percent of the nearly 40,000 women who will die from breast cancer in the next year* could have been helped if they had received a regular mammogram starting at age 40. And, for women looking to take charge of their breast health, is a good place to start. Mammography Saves Lives (MSL) is a public service campaign, which includes TV and radio public service announcements (PSAs) to encourage women, 40 and…
  • Updates to Dave's Places in Radiology

    Dave Woeber
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:12 am
    Dave's Places in Radiology, is Now The Radiology Portal
  • - Dental reviews. Professional social network for dentists, x-ray labs and technicians

    18 May 2014 | 7:48 am
    You are welcome to include your x-ray laboratory in our dental network Our website includes profiles of dental professionals and x-ray labs making communication between professionals easier than ever. You can include your photos, create a blog and follow other profiles. Dentagama specializes in dental reviews and connecting dental professionals worldwide. In our network you can find the cutting edge dentists, write a review about your dentist and follow the dental blogs. It's a way to market your x-ray laboratory and find potential partners and clients.
  • New Echocardiography Reporting Software for Small Practices

    Neva Bull
    8 Mar 2014 | 6:58 pm
    There is a new reporting solution for Echocardiography published by Tempo Allegro called Tempo Reports designed for private echo practices.  It grabs the measurement data from the ultrasound machine and stores them in a database. Reports can be generated with Microsoft Word with completely configurable templates. It also integrates with most practice management solutions. If you are interested check out the Tempo Allegro website for more info.
  • ACR: Presidents FY 2015 Budget Would Curtail Imaging and Radiation Oncology Self-Referral

    radRounds Radiology Network
    4 Mar 2014 | 4:19 pm
    ACR: Presidents FY 2015 Budget Would Curtail Imaging and Radiation Oncology Self-Referral Prior Authorization Provision Would Burden Providers and Restrict Access The American College of Radiology applauds steps to reign in medical imaging and radiation oncology self-referral included in the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget.[1] However, prior authorization for imaging services, also included the FY 2015 budget, is unnecessary and will ultimately raise costs, interfere in the doctor-patient relationship and restrict ready access to imaging care. Government Accountability Office (GAO)…
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    Radiology News

  • Emerson Hospital meeting: Innovations in breast cancer screening, treatment

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    The annual meeting of the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary will be held on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Nashawtuc Country Club, 1861 Sudbury Road, Concord. The public is invited to attend.
  • Cancer: Nash Breast Care Center designated 'Pink Ribbon Facility'

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:11 pm
    The Nash Breast Care Center on the campus of Nash General Hospital was recently honored by being named a Pink Ribbon Facility, an award given to digital imaging centers for providing excellence in breast health care coupled with the latest technological innovations. It also recognizes the center's exceptional commitment to the women of its community.
  • Oct. 19, 2014: Most expensive homes sold in metro Phoenix this past week

    18 Oct 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Oct. 19, 2014: Most expensive homes sold in metro Phoenix this past week Oct. 19, 27014: Most expensive homes sold in metro Phoenix this past week Check out this story on Zachary Rawling paid $3million in cash to have a home built next door to the David Wright home, which was designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, in Phoenix. A Las Vegas attorney, an ophthalmologist, an inventor, a family of doctors, a radiologist, the president of an aviation and aerospace company and the president of an instrument-calibration company are among the buyers and sellers…
  • Is Big Data the Solution to VA's Health Care Woes?

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:27 pm
    The pace of change in health care is fast and furious, but one thing is constant: a shift from reactive to proactive patient care. And the key component fueling this shift is data, which is becoming more accessible and used to inform more decisions each day.
  • Project aims to put mammograms on cloud for access by all

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:47 pm
    In her years as a breast-imaging radiologist, Kathryn Pearson Peyton saw the problem at least 10 times a day: Women, getting a new mammogram, who didn't know where their previous ones were. So when Peyton left her career - after facing the reality of the disease in her own life - she resolved to do something about it.
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    American Journal of Neuroradiology current issue

  • Biotin-Responsive Basal Ganglia Disease: Neuroimaging Features before and after Treatment [PEDIATRICS]

    Kassem, H., Wafaie, A., Alsuhibani, S., Farid, T.
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Biotin-responsive basal ganglia disease is an autosomal recessive neurometabolic disorder presenting with subacute encephalopathy that can cause death if left untreated. The purpose of this study is to assess the neuroimaging and clinical features of the disease before and after treatment with biotin. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the clinical, laboratory, and neuroimaging features of 15 genetically-proved Middle Eastern cases of biotin-responsive basal ganglia disease. Brain MR imaging was done at the onset of symptoms in all cases and within…
  • Interhypothalamic Adhesion: A Series of 13 Cases [PEDIATRICS]

    Whitehead, M. T., Vezina, G.
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    SUMMARY: Interhypothalamic adhesion is a newly described disease entity, characterized by an abnormal parenchymal band connecting the medial margins of the hypothalami across the third ventricle. Additional anomalies, including cleft palate, gray matter heterotopia, cerebellar hypoplasia, optic atrophy, hippocampal under-rotation, and white matter lesions, may coexist. The purpose of this clinical report is to describe the imaging findings from a series of 13 patients with interhypothalamic adhesions discovered on brain MR imaging.
  • Tapering of the Cervical Spinal Canal in Patients with Distended or Nondistended Syringes Secondary to Chiari Type I Malformation [SPINE]

    Zhu, Z., Sha, S., Sun, X., Liu, Z., Yan, H., Zhu, W., Wang, Z., Qiu, Y.
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Steeper tapering of the cervical spinal canal as documented in recent studies is thought to have a role in the pathophysiology of Chiari malformation-associated syringomyelia. This study aimed to determine whether taper ratio of the cervical spinal canal differs between patients with distended and nondistended syringes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seventy-seven adolescents (10–18 years) were divided into 2 groups: 44 with distended syrinx and 33 with nondistended syrinx. On T2-weighted MR images, anteroposterior diameter of the spinal canal was measured at each…
  • Antiplatelet Therapy prior to Temporary Stent-Assisted Coiling [LETTERS]

    Almekhlafi, M. A., Goyal, M.
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
  • Distinguishing Imaging Features between Spinal Hyperplastic Hematopoietic Bone Marrow and Bone Metastasis [EDITOR'S CHOICE]

    Shigematsu, Y., Hirai, T., Kawanaka, K., Shiraishi, S., Yoshida, M., Kitajima, M., Uetani, H., Azuma, M., Iryo, Y., Yamashita, Y.
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Systematic investigations of the distinguishing imaging features between spinal hyperplastic hematopoietic bone marrow and bone metastasis have not been reported, to our knowledge. The purpose of this study was to determine the distinguishing imaging features of the 2 entities. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the radiologic images of 8 consecutive male patients (age range, 52–78 years; mean, 64 years) with suspected spinal metastasis on MR imaging and FDG-PET, which was later confirmed as hyperplastic hematopoietic bone marrow. MR imaging,…
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    Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology

  • Percutaneous microwave ablation for early-stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in the elderly: A promising outlook

    Christian Acksteiner, Karin Steinke
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Abstract IntroductionMicrowave ablation (MWA) is a relatively new minimally invasive treatment option for lung cancer with substantially lower morbidity and mortality than surgery. This retrospective study was performed to evaluate the safety, effectiveness and follow-up imaging of MWA in the elderly aged 75 years and above. MethodsEleven percutaneous computed tomography (CT)-guided MWA of early-stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) were performed in 10 patients aged 75 years and older. All but one patient were treated with a high-powered MWA system delivering maximally 140 W. Follow-up…
  • Carotid ultrasound pulsatility indices and cardiovascular risk in Australian women

    Justin Alexander Oughton, Stephen Rose, Graham Galloway, Soo Keat Khoo, Sheila O'Neill, Alan Coulthard
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Abstract IntroductionUltrasound-acquired internal carotid arterial (ICA) pulsatility indices (PI) have been demonstrated to be useful measures of cerebrovascular disease. The purpose of this cross-sectional study was to investigate the association between carotid artery PI, cardiovascular risk and ischaemic heart disease in aging women. MethodsOne hundred and fifty-eight female participants of the Longitudinal Assessment of Ageing in Women study, aged 48–85 years, were evaluated. The relationships between common carotid artery (CCA) and ICA Doppler PI to cardiovascular risk factors (age,…
  • Continuing Professional Development

    6 Oct 2014 | 8:48 pm
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    6 Oct 2014 | 8:48 pm
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    BMC Medical Imaging - Latest Articles

  • Noise-compensated homotopic non-local regularized reconstruction for rapid retinal optical coherence tomography image acquisitions

    Chenyi Liu
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Background: Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a minimally invasive imaging technique, which utilizes the spatial and temporal coherence properties of optical waves backscattered from biological material. Recent advances in tunable lasers and infrared camera technologies have enabled an increase in the OCT imaging speed by a factor of more than 100, which is important for retinal imaging where we wish to study fast physiological processes in the biological tissue. However, the high scanning rate causes proportional decrease of the detector exposure time, resulting in a reduction of the…
  • Automatic diagnosis of melanoma using machine learning methods on a spectroscopic system

    Lin Li
    12 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Background: Early and accurate diagnosis of melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer, has the potential to reduce morbidity and mortality rate. However, early diagnosis of melanoma is not trivial even for experienced dermatologists, as it needs sampling and laboratory tests which can be extremely complex and subjective. The accuracy of clinical diagnosis of melanoma is also an issue especially in distinguishing between melanoma and mole. To solve these problems, this paper presents an approach that makes non-subjective judgements based on quantitative measures for automatic diagnosis of…
  • 3D facial landmarks: Inter-operator variability of manual annotation

    Jens Fagertun
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Background: Manual annotation of landmarks is a known source of variance, which exist in all fields of medical imaging, influencing the accuracy and interpretation of the results. However, the variability of human facial landmarks is only sparsely addressed in the current literature as opposed to e.g. the research fields of orthodontics and cephalometrics. We present a full facial 3D annotation procedure and a sparse set of manually annotated landmarks, in effort to reduce operator time and minimize the variance.MethodFacial scans from 36 voluntary unrelated blood donors from the Danish Blood…
  • Breakthrough reactions of iodinated and gadolinium contrast media after oral steroid premedication protocol

    Akiko Jingu
    5 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Background: Adverse reactions to iodinated and gadolinium contrast media are an important clinical issue. Although some guidelines have proposed oral steroid premedication protocols to prevent adverse reactions, some patients may have reactions to contrast media in spite of premedication (breakthrough reaction; BTR).The purpose of this study was to assess the frequency, type and severity of BTR when following an oral steroid premedication protocol. Methods: All iodinated and gadolinium contrast-enhanced radiologic examinations between August 2011 and February 2013 for which the premedication…
  • Interactive neonatal gastrointestinal magnetic resonance imaging using fruit juice as an oral contrast media

    Owen Arthurs
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Background: The objective was to evaluate the use of fruit juice with an interactive inversion recovery (IR) MR pulse sequence to visualise the gastrointestinal tract. Methods: We investigated the relaxation properties of 12 different natural fruit juices in vitro, to identify which could be used as oral contrast. We then describe our initial experience using an interactive MR pulse sequence to allow optimal visualisation after administering pineapple juice orally, and suppressing pre-existing bowel fluid contents, with variable TI in three adult and one child volunteer. Results: Pineapple…
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    Cardiovascular Ultrasound - Latest Articles

  • Determinants of clinical improvement after surgical replacement or transcatheter aortic valve implantation for isolated aortic stenosis

    Cristina Gavina
    5 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Background: Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is an alternative to surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) in patients with aortic stenosis (AS) and high surgical risk. Hemodynamic performance after TAVI is superior, but the impact of reverse remodeling on clinical improvement is controversial. We aim to address the differences in hemodynamic changes between SAVR and TAVI, and its correlation with LV remodeling and clinical improvement at 6 months follow-up. Methods: Forty-two patients treated by TAVI were compared with 45 SAVR patients with a stented bioprosthesis. Clinical, 2D…
  • Diastolic wall strain: a simple marker of abnormal cardiac mechanics

    Senthil Selvaraj
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Background: Diastolic wall strain (DWS), defined using posterior wall thickness (PWT) measurements from standard echocardiographic images (DWS = [PWT(systole)-PWT(diastole)]/PWT(systole)), has been proposed as a marker of left ventricular (LV) diastolic stiffness. However, the equation for DWS is closely related to systolic radial strain, and whether DWS is associated with abnormal cardiac mechanics (reduced systolic strains and diastolic tissue velocities) is unknown. We sought to determine the relationship between DWS and systolic and diastolic cardiac mechanics. Methods: We calculated…
  • Carotid artery intima-media thickness is closely related to impaired left ventricular function in patients with coronary artery disease: a single-centre, blinded, non-randomized study

    Kristin Evensen
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Background: Atherosclerosis is the underlying cause of the majority of myocardial infarctions and ischemic strokes. Carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) is a surrogate measure of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Left ventricular (LV) function can be accurately assessed by 2D speckle-tracking strain echocardiography (2D-STE). The aim of this study was to assess the relationship between carotid IMT and LV dysfunction assessed by strain echocardiography in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). Methods: Thirty-one patients with symptoms of CAD were examined with coronary…
  • Tissue Doppler, Strain and Strain Rate in ischemic heart disease ¿How I do it¿

    Razvan Mada
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Echocardiography is the standard method for assessing myocardial function in patients with ischemic heart disease. The acquisition and interpretation of echocardiographic images, however, remains a highly specialized task which often relies entirely on the subjective visual assessment of the reader and requires therefore, particular training and expertise. Myocardial deformation imaging allows quantifying myocardial function far beyond what can be done with sole visual assessment. It can improve the interpretation of regional dysfunction and offers sensitive markers of induced ischemia which…
  • In vivo assessment of arterial stiffness in the isoflurane anesthetized spontaneously hypertensive rat

    Eric Morgan
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Background: Rodent models are increasingly used to study the development and progression of arterial stiffness. Both the non-invasive Doppler derived Pulse Wave Velocity (PWV) and the invasively determined arterial elastance index (EaI) have been used to assess arterial stiffness in rats and mice, but the need for anesthetic agents to make these in vivo estimates may limit their utility. Thus, we sought to determine: 1) if known differences in arterial stiffness in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) are detectable by PWV and EaI measurements when made under isoflurane anesthesia, and 2) if…
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    Human Brain Mapping

  • Stimulus dependence of contralateral dominance in human auditory cortex

    Alexander Gutschalk, Iris Steinmann
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:24 pm
    Abstract The auditory system is often considered to show little contralateral dominance but physiological reports on the contralateral dominance of activity evoked by monaural sound vary widely. Here, we show that part of this variation is stimulus-dependent: blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD) responses to 32 s of monaurally presented unmodulated noise (UN) showed activation in contralateral auditory cortex (AC) and deactivation in ipsilateral AC compared to nonstimulus baseline. Slow amplitude-modulated (AM) noise evoked strong contralateral activation and minimal ipsilateral activation.
  • Increased functional connectivity between superior colliculus and brain regions implicated in bodily self-consciousness during the rubber hand illusion

    Isadora Olivé, Claus Tempelmann, Alain Berthoz, Hans-Joachim Heinze
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:23 pm
    Abstract Bodily self-consciousness refers to bodily processes operating at personal, peripersonal, and extrapersonal spatial dimensions. Although the neural underpinnings of representations of personal and peripersonal space associated with bodily self-consciousness were thoroughly investigated, relatively few is known about the neural underpinnings of representations of extrapersonal space relevant for bodily self-consciousness. In the search to unravel brain structures generating a representation of the extrapersonal space relevant for bodily self-consciousness, we developed a functional…
  • Reduced executive and default network functional connectivity in cigarette smokers

    Barbara J. Weiland, Amithrupa Sabbineni, Vince D. Calhoun, Robert C. Welsh, Kent E. Hutchison
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Abstract Altered functional connectivity has been associated with acute and chronic nicotine use. Connectivity alterations, specifically in the right and left executive control networks (RECN/LECN) and the default mode network (DMN), may contribute to the addiction cycle. The objective of this study was to determine if executive control network (ECN) and DMN connectivity is different between non-smokers and smokers and whether reductions in connectivity are related to chronic cigarette use. The RECN, LECN, and DMN were identified in resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging data in…
  • Statistical mapping of metabolites in the medial wall of the brain: A proton echo planar spectroscopic imaging study

    David M. Niddam, Shang-Yueh Tsai, Yi-Ru Lin
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Abstract With magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging (MRSI), it is possible to simultaneously map distributions of several brain metabolites with relatively good spatial resolution in a short time. Although other functional imaging modalities have taken advantage of population-based inferences using spatially extended statistics, this approach remains little utilized for MRSI. In this study, statistical nonparametric mapping (SnPM) was applied to two-dimensional MRSI data from the medial walls of the human brain to assess the effect of normal aging on metabolite concentrations. The effects…
  • The DTI connectivity of the human claustrum

    Carinna M. Torgerson, Andrei Irimia, S. Y. Matthew Goh, John Darrell Van Horn
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Abstract The origin, structure, and function of the claustrum, as well as its role in neural computation, have remained a mystery since its discovery in the 17th century. Assessing the in vivo connectivity of the claustrum may bring forth useful insights with relevance to model the overall functionality of the claustrum itself. Using structural and diffusion tensor neuroimaging in N = 100 healthy subjects, we found that the claustrum has the highest connectivity in the brain by regional volume. Network theoretical analyses revealed that (a) the claustrum is a primary contributor to global…
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    Journal of Clinical Ultrasound

  • Abdominal wall thickness is not useful to predict appendix visualization on sonography in adult patients with suspected appendicitis

    Vasan Koseekriniramol, Rathachai Kaewlai
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:52 pm
    ABSTRACT PurposeTo evaluate clinical and imaging factors for potential use in predicting appendix visualization on sonography (US) of adult patients with suspected appendicitis. MethodsAll adult patients who underwent appendiceal US from January through June 2010 were included in this retrospective study. Clinicopathological records were reviewed for age, sex, weight, body mass index, symptom duration, Alvarado score, surgicopathologic diagnosis, and disposition. Imaging records were collated for abdominal thicknesses, appendix visualization, and impression. The definitive diagnosis was made…
  • Diabetic mastopathy: A diagnostic challenge in breast sonography

    Marco Moschetta, Michele Telegrafo, Vincenzo Triggiani, Leonarda Rella, Ilaria Cornacchia, Gabriella Serio, Amato Antonio Stabile Ianora, Giuseppe Angelelli
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:52 am
    ABSTRACT PurposeOur purpose was to retrospectively evaluate the incidence and morphologic features of diabetic mastopathy in a group of patients with diabetes, searching for specific sonographic characteristics of diabetic mastopathy. MethodsOne hundred twenty diabetic patients underwent breast clinical examination, mammography, and sonography. All detected breast lesions were confirmed histopathologically. ResultsBreast lesions were found in 11 of the 120 patients (9%), including two cases of invasive ductal carcinomas and nine cases of diabetic mastopathy. In seven of those nine cases…
  • Contrast-enhanced sonography of thyroid nodules

    Jue Jiang, Lili Huang, Hongli Zhang, Wenqi Ma, Xue Shang, Qi Zhou, Ya Gao, Shanshan Yu, Yanhua Qi
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:52 am
    ABSTRACT PurposeTo investigate the value of contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) in the differentiation of benign and malignant nodules. MethodsOne hundred eighty-nine patients with 213 thyroid nodules were enrolled in this retrospective study. All patients underwent preoperative CEUS and were subsequently scheduled for surgery. The pathology results were obtained after surgery. The time-intensity curves were plotted with TomTec software. The quantitative parameters of the time-intensity curve, such as the maximum intensity of peak (IMAX), the rise time from 10% to 90% of the IMAX, and the…
  • Sonographic evaluation of the thyroid size in neonates

    Ronald Freire, Osmar Monte, Eduardo Kiyoshi Tomimori, Regina Maria Catarino, Thais Sterza, Thatyana Rocha, Katia Cristine Carvalho Pereira, Hortensio Simões Mattos, Leonardo Barros Fagundes, Marcelo Martins Liberato, Luiz Wagner Rodrigues dos Santos, Adeberto Pereira, Terezinha Cintra, Christina Hegner, Daniela Lube, Mylene Murad
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:51 am
    ABSTRACT PurposeTo validate the use of the ratio between the total transverse diameters of the thyroid lobes (Th) and the width of the trachea (Tr)—the Th:Tr or Yasumoto ratio—as a sonographic method for estimating thyroid size, and to determine reference values for this ratio and for thyroid volume in neonates. MethodsIn this cross-sectional study, we evaluated thyroid size according to the Yasumoto ratio and the thyroid volume calculated with the ellipsoid formula in 125 healthy, euthyroid, iodine-sufficient, full-term neonates. ResultsThe mean thyroid gland volume was 1.00 ml (95%…
  • Scrotal calculi in clinical practice and their role in scrotal pain: A prospective study

    Ahmet Aslan, Sinan Tan, Halil Yıldırım, Uğur Dönmez, Ali Çam, Mehmet Can Gezer, Mehmet Akif Teber, Halil Arslan
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:51 am
    ABSTRACT PurposeScrotal calculi are rare, and their clinical significance is uncertain. Scrotal pain is a frequent, hard-to-manage problem in urology clinics. Our purpose in this study was to determine the relationship between the presence of scrotal calculi and scrotal pain in a prospective manner. MethodsSonography and color Doppler ultrasound of the scrotum were performed in 758 consecutive patients referred with scrotal pain. The pain was rated by using an 11-point numeric rating scale; scores were compared among patients with scrotal calculi with and without additional scrotal pathology.
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    Radiation Oncology - Latest Articles

  • Sphincter preservation in distal CT2N0 rectal cancer after preoperative chemoradiotherapy

    Nir Wasserberg
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Background: Preoperative chemoradiotherapy is usually not indicated for cT2N0 rectal cancer. Abdominoperineal resection is the standard treatment for distal rectal tumors. The aim of the study was to evaluate the actual sphincter-preservation rate in patients with distal cT2N0 rectal cancer given neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy. Methods: Data were retrospectively collected for all patients who were diagnosed with distal cT2N0 rectal cancer at a tertiary medical center in 2000?2008 and received chemoradiotherapy followed by surgery (5?7 weeks later). Results: Thirty-three patients (22 male) of…
  • Proposed salvage treatment strategy for biochemical failure after radical prostatectomy in patients with prostate cancer: a retrospective study

    Makito Miyake
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Background: Treatment options for patients with recurrent disease after radical prostatectomy include salvage radiotherapy of the prostatic bed and/or androgen deprivation therapy. To establish an effective treatment strategy for recurrent disease after radical prostatectomy, we retrospectively analyzed the outcome of salvage radiation monotherapy in such cases. Methods: Data from 61 men who had undergone salvage radiation monotherapy for biochemical recurrent disease after radical prostatectomy were retrospectively reviewed. In all patients, salvage radiotherapy consisted of iraradiation to…
  • Optimal hypofractionated conformal radiotherapy for large brain metastases in patients with high risk factors: a single-institutional prospective study

    Hiroshi Inoue
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Background: A single-institutional prospective study of optimal hypofractionated conformal radiotherapy for large brain metastases with high risk factors was performed based on the risk prediction of radiation-related complications. Methods: Eighty-eight patients with large brain metastases ?10?cm3 in critical areas treated from January 2010 to February 2014 using the CyberKnife were evaluated. The optimal dose and number of fractions were determined based on the surrounding brain volume circumscribed with a single dose equivalent (SDE) of 14?Gy (V14) to be less than 7?cm3 for individual…
  • Feasibility and potential benefits of defining the internal gross tumor volume of hepatocellular carcinoma using contrast-enhanced 4D CT images obtained by deformable registration

    Hua Xu
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    ObjectiveTo study the feasibility and the potential benefits of defining the internal gross tumor volume (IGTV) of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) using contrast-enhanced 4D CT images obtained by combining arterial-phase (AP) contrast-enhanced (CE) 3D CT and non-contrast-enhanced (NCE) 4D CT images using deformable registration (DR). Methods: Ten HCC patients who had received radiotherapy beforehand were selected for this study. The following CT simulation images were acquired sequentially: NCE 4D CT in free breathing, NCE 3D CT and APCE 3D CT in end-expiration breath holding. All 4D CT images…
  • GTV-based prescription in SBRT for lung lesions using advanced dose calculation algorithms

    Thomas Lacornerie
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Background: The aim of current study was to investigate the way dose is prescribed to lung lesions during SBRT using advanced dose calculation algorithms that take into account electron transport (type B algorithms). As type A algorithms do not take into account secondary electron transport, they overestimate the dose to lung lesions. Type B algorithms are more accurate but still no consensus is reached regarding dose prescription. The positive clinical results obtained using type A algorithms should be used as a starting point. Methods: In current work a dose-calculation experiment is…
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    Sumer's Radiology Blog

  • Too much to do, too little time-problem or paradox

    Sumer Sethi
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    People keep complaining about lack of time and they keep saying they are busy. At times I have seen people who say they are too busy even to talk on phone.Well my dear friends it is never about time, it is always about priorities.If you really want to do something you will somehow manage time. We all have ‘less and more time’ with us all the time, and we keep swinging between the two sides depending on our priorities. Why is this so important to know, because you might be spending your precious “time” on valueless things and if you don’t prioritize, you end up being busy with very…
  • Variance between MDCT manufacturers in Hounsefield Measurement

    Sumer Sethi
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    In an article by Ramit Lamba et al published in AJR , found  low consistency in the Hounsfield unit measurements  obtained by the two scanners one by GE and other by siemens. They have concluded Hounsfield unit measurements for unenhanced abdominal soft tissues of the same patient vary between scanners of two common MDCT manufacturers.Reference and further readingCT Hounsfield Numbers of Soft Tissues on Unenhanced Abdominal CT Scans: Variability Between Two Different Manufacturers’ MDCT Scanners. Ramit Lamba, John P. McGahan, Michael T. Corwin, Chin-Shang Li, Tien Tran, J. Anthony…
  • Role of CT in Pancreatitis-AJR Review

    Sumer Sethi
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:55 am
    In a structured review published in AJR by Murphy et al, authors have compiled updated imaging nomenclature for pancreatitis.  These points include when to call pseudocyt or when to call walled of necrosis on CT. Very useful for all residents. Key points from the review includeCT is used to confirm the diagnosis of acute pancreatitis when the diagnosis is in doubt and to differentiate acute interstitial pancreatitis from necrotizing pancreatitis, which is a key element of the updated Atlanta nomenclature. The acute interstitial variety accounts for 90–95% of cases, with acute…
  • Interview in DD News-Dr Sumer Sethi

    Sumer Sethi
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    My interview on DD, Baatein Career Ki about PG medical preparation and career options for medical students.www.damsdelhi.comFrom Sumer's Radiology Site -The Top Radiology Magazine. Teleradiology Providers at Mail us at
  • Why is Tc99m prefered for nuclear scan?

    Sumer Sethi
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    Technetium- 99m  (metastable isomer) is the most frequently used radionuclide in nuclear medicine today. Its parent nuclide, molybdenum-99 (99Mo), can be produced in either a reactor or a cyclotron. 99Mo has a half-life of 66 h and therefore 99Mo/99mTc generators can conveniently be supplied weekly to nuclear medicine departments, providing a fresh daily supply of the radionuclide. The 6-h half-life of 99mTc is sufficiently long for most imaging applications and its 140-keV gamma radiation has reasonable tissue penetration but can still be easily collimatedFrom Sumer's Radiology Site…
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    Topics in Radiography

  • Prepare for Inspection!

    28 Sep 2014 | 10:51 am
    In any radiology department, whether your are a student or a seasoned technologist, it’s only a matter of time before you will encounter an inspection by a state or national accrediting agency.  JCAHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) is probably the most well-known group holding hospitals accountable to their accreditation standards.  Regardless of […]
  • How to Write a Resume for Health Care Careers

    16 Aug 2014 | 10:41 am
    Although I recently stated I was going on a Hiatus, I felt somewhat compelled to write just one more post.   Due to recent changes in my career, I’m tasked with hiring for positions not only in medical imaging, but health care specialties I don’t necessarily have a background in.  Though there is a team of […]
  • “Happy Memorial Day”

    24 May 2014 | 9:20 am
    I’ve recently been promoted to a managerial role within my hospital system, and thus recently have been allowed to enjoy the freedom to have weekends off (for the most part).  This year, Memorial Day weekend happens to be my first three-day weekend, and boy, do I really feel like I need a break!  While I […]
  • Radiologic Technologist Job Hunt

    29 Mar 2014 | 10:04 am
    Today I went to Twitter and posted a slew of jobs I found in the San Diego area.  I know my fans aren’t all from around here, so I thought I would start a weekly regional job hunt covering a different region every Saturday morning from 7:00 a.m. to approximately 9:00 a.m. (or until I […]
  • An Open Letter to the California Radiation Health Branch

    13 Mar 2014 | 8:11 pm
    Dear California Radiation Health Branch, I did some research yesterday on your website about the requirements for renewing my CA x-ray license and fluoroscopy permit, and found a couple of new requirements I was previously unaware of.  Thank goodness I happened upon this because I’m not due until September to renew and submit my continuing […]
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  • Attend Non-Accredited Sonography Programs Slows Career Start

    Lisa Parmley
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Graduating from a CAAHEP accredited ultrasound program can jumpstart a sonography career. Avoid the temptation to attend a non-accredited program. There is plenty of sonography program information on the internet. So much so that it is easy to get lured into programs offering inexpensive tuition and great career opportunities. However, students interested in sonography programs, […] The post Attend Non-Accredited Sonography Programs Slows Career Start appeared first on Ultrasound Technician.
  • Understand Ultrasound Tech Programs Two-Step Admission Process

    Lisa Parmley
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:51 am
    Selecting an ultrasound technician college or university for attendance is the end result of significant research, yet it is only a first step. The hopeful sonography students must maneuver through the application process that can be confusing. Before entering ultrasound tech programs, the students have to get into the schools first and then get admitted […] The post Understand Ultrasound Tech Programs Two-Step Admission Process appeared first on Ultrasound Technician.
  • Best 23 Accredited Ultrasound Technician Schools in Florida

    Lisa Parmley
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Florida is well known for its year-round mild climate, numerous outdoor recreational activities, and world-class attractions like Walt Disney World. However, it is also known for its strong commitment to higher education. As the health care industry begins expanding in 2013 in preparation for the Affordable Care Act, Florida is in an excellent position to […] The post Best 23 Accredited Ultrasound Technician Schools in Florida appeared first on Ultrasound Technician.
  • Accredited Ultrasound Technician Schools in Pennsylvania

    Lisa Parmley
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    Pennsylvania is a thriving state that is known for its American Revolution War history, Amish country and cultural opportunities. Many of the famous attraction names in 2013 are recognized by most people, like Gettysburg and Hershey Park. Pennsylvania has a well-earned reputation as a state dedicated to higher learning and a premier health care system, […] The post Accredited Ultrasound Technician Schools in Pennsylvania appeared first on Ultrasound Technician.
  • Sonographer Resume Writing 101 for Graduating Students

    Lisa Parmley
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    Writing a perfect-as-possible resume is crucial in today’s job market. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers are expected to have excellent writing and oral communication skills. The first proof a person has mastered writing skills is a well-written sonographer resume. However, it is important to understand the principles for creating a stand-out resume before the writing begins. A […] The post Sonographer Resume Writing 101 for Graduating Students appeared first on Ultrasound Technician.
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