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SMASH imaging increases effectiveness of MRI for musculoskeletal imaging
Using simultaneous acquisition of spatial harmonics (SMASH) T2-weighted imaging for knee MRI results in a significant decrease in imaging time, as compared to conventional fat-saturated T2-weighted imaging, without any negative effects on MRI interpretation or patient clinical outcome, says a new study by researchers from the Neuroskeletal Imaging Institute in Melbourne, FL. (2004-05-03)

ACR: Medical imaging study in health affairs incomplete and potentially misleading
In response to a study published in the August issue of Health Affairs regarding declining medical imaging use in recent years, the American College of Radiology (ACR) released a statement explaining that physician education efforts and quality assurance steps have resulted in more efficient use of imaging, but that arbitrary Medicare cuts are damaging patient access to care. The ACR also cited a December 2011 Health Affairs article that shows Medicare imaging cuts may have resulted in physical harm to patients. (2012-07-25)

Androgen receptor targeted imaging of prostate cancer as future modality for diagnosis
Future direction in prostate cancer imaging involves the development of androgen receptor based imaging using nonsteroidal antiandrogen agent for early diagnosis of prostate cancer. (2017-10-06)

Self-referral: A significant factor in imaging growth
A recent study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology suggests that self-referral in medical imaging may be a significant contributing factor in diagnostic imaging growth. (2011-07-01)

CCNY researchers open 'Golden Window' in deep brain imaging
The neuroscience community is saluting the creation of a 'Golden Window' for deep brain imaging by researchers at The City College of New York led by biomedical engineer Lingyan Shi. This is a first for brain imaging, said Shi, a research associate in City College's Institute for Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Lasers, and the biology department. (2015-11-11)

Non-invasive diagnostic imaging costs to Medicare Part B down significantly since 2006
According to a study in the Sept. issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology, overall non-invasive diagnostic imaging costs to Medicare Part B dropped 21 percent from 2006 to 2010. The study reveals that medical imaging is not a driver of escalating Medicare costs. (2012-09-04)

Better imaging from bench to bedside
Euro-BioImaging, a project which launches its preparatory phase today, aims to provide scientists throughout Europe with open access to state-of-the-art imaging technologies at all levels of biological and biomedical research, from bench to bedside. (2010-12-02)

Majority of primary care physicians find that medical imaging improves patient care
According to a study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, large majorities of primary care physicians believe that advanced medical imaging, such as computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography, provides considerable value to patient care. (2015-01-26)

Barrow researchers identify a new approach to detect the early progression of brain tumors
Researchers at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center recently participated in a pilot study with the Montreal Neurological Institute that suggests a certain type of MRI scanning can detect when a patient is failing brain tumor treatment before symptoms appear. The results of the study pave the way for a proactive treatment approach. (2008-08-28)

Illuminating science
Scientists at Cardiff University have developed a bright idea for detecting zinc in the body with implications for illnesses such as cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer's disease. (2006-07-25)

Comparison between clinicians' and radiologists' understanding and imaging of breast pain
Clinicians need more education in the types of breast pain that necessitate an imaging workup and what imaging to order, according to a study to be presented at the ARRS 2019 Annual Meeting, set for May 5-10 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (2019-05-05)

A better imaging agent for heart disease and breast cancer
Scientists are reporting development of a process for producing large quantities of a much-needed new imaging agent for computed tomography scans in heart disease, breast cancer and other diseases, and the first evidence that the material is safe for clinical use. The imaging agent is a tantalum oxide nanoparticle, which is inexpensive, and stays in the body long enough to image many different organs. The report appears in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. (2011-04-27)

3-D nanoscale imaging made possible
In a research article '3D Nano-scale Imaging by Plasmonic Brownian Microscopy' published today in Nanophotonics, the team around Prof. Xiang Zhang from the University of California in Berkeley demonstrate a method for meeting this challenge with stunning properties. (2017-12-15)

Past and present of imaging modalities used for prostate cancer diagnosis
This review illustrates a perspective on prostate cancer imaging summarizing current imaging approaches with a special focus on Prostate Specific Membrane Antigen (PSMA), Bombesin (BN) and Androgen Receptor (AR) targeted imaging using Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Single Positron Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) based on 99mTc and other radiotracers. (2018-12-24)

Is declining medical imaging use driving up hospital stays and medical costs?
A new report by the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute shows that the length of the average hospital stay in the United States has increased at the same time as use of medical imaging scans has declined. It is unclear if the trends are related, but potentially important, as hospital admissions are among the largest, and fastest growing, health care costs. (2012-10-23)

Imaging may not be major driver of hospital cost increases
The substantial increase in the use of medical imaging during recent years has fueled speculation that imaging costs were a major factor behind the rise in overall health care costs. However, a study from the Institute for Technology Assessment at Massachusetts General Hospital has found that imaging costs remained at a steady percentage of overall hospital costs during a six-year period. (2005-05-24)

Breast cancer risk can be lowered by avoiding unnecessary medical imaging
A report issued by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) last December reviewed all the available scientific data compiled to date about potential environmental risks of breast cancer -- factors such as pesticides, beauty products, household chemicals, and the plastics used to make water bottles (2012-06-11)

1.25 million euro for thermoacoustic imaging project
The German Research Foundation (DFG) has singled out TUM's Prof. Vasilis Ntziachristos for Reinhart Koselleck Project funding. Over the next five years, he will receive 1.25 million euro to develop a novel high-resolution imaging technique. The new method is based on the previously little-explored area of near-field thermoacoustic tomography. The DFG reserves Reinhart Koselleck funding for outstanding researchers with a proven scientific track record to pursue exceptionally innovative or higher-risk projects. (2012-08-28)

The American College of Cardiology calls on Congress to reject cuts to office-based imaging
In an end-of-year sprint to finish budget reconciliation negotiations, conferees turned to office-based medical imaging for quick cost savings after rejecting other Medicare offsets included in the Senate-passed reconciliation bill. The payment cuts to physicians who provide life-saving medical imaging services presumably are being used to offset the costs of preventing an across-the-board 4.4 percent cut in Medicare physician payments in 2006. (2005-12-23)

MRI and PET/CT can prevent unnecessary treatment of some cervical cancer patients
MRI and PET/CT can help spare patients with clinically operable cervical cancer from unnecessary high-morbidity treatment, however, pretreatment imaging does not lead to increased survival of these patients, a new study shows. (2008-04-11)

Patients with high health insurance deductibles use fewer imaging tests
In the first nationwide study to directly address the associations between high-deductible insurance plans and the use of diagnostic imaging, researchers including Kimberley Geissler at the University of Massachusetts Amherst found that patients enrolled in such health plans use about 7.5 percent fewer diagnostic tests such as MRI, X-rays and CT scans, than patients without such plans. Details appear in an early online edition of Medical Care. (2016-01-14)

Study raises concerns over unnecessary imaging after thyroid cancer
A marked rise in use of imaging tests after thyroid cancer has been associated with increased treatment for recurrence, but no clear improvement in survival from the disease, finds a study in The BMJ today. (2016-07-20)

Sleeping Trojan horse to aid imaging of diseased cells
A unique strategy developed by researchers at Cardiff University is opening up new possibilities for improving medical imaging. (2011-02-17)

New imaging method lets scientists 'see' cell molecules more clearly
Niels de Jonge, Ph.D., and colleagues at Vanderbilt University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, have developed a unique new imaging tool. In the online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, they describe a technique for imaging whole cells in liquid with a scanning transmission electron microscope. (2009-01-19)

Diffusion tensor MRI better than T2-weighted for evaluating diseased brain tissue in MS patients
Areas of abnormal white matter in the brains of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients appear much larger on diffusion tensor MRI than on T2-weighted MRI, a finding which could impact therapy options, according to a new study by researchers from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. (2004-08-02)

Patient factors contribute to imaging follow-up rates
A new study published in the April 2019 issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR) considers several potential factors that might have led to disparities in follow-up imaging rates among patients with indeterminate initial abdominal imaging findings. (2019-03-29)

Cardiac imaging in 2020
An emerging discipline of noninvasive cardiac imaging, molecular imaging, has evolved constantly in the last few years and is increasingly being translated from the preclinical to the clinical level. Molecular imaging allows for unique insights into specific disease mechanisms and holds great promise to change the practice of cardiovascular medicine by facilitating early disease detection, establishment of novel therapies, and selection of patients for treatment based on their individual disease biology. (2008-08-31)

Dual energy computed tomography angiography in the peripheral arterial imaging
This is a systematic review of 9 studies on the diagnostic applications of dual-energy computed tomography (DECT) in peripheral arterial disease. The systematic analysis of these studies represent the first summary of studies using DECT with regard to its diagnostic value, radiation dose and contrast medium dose. (2017-01-26)

SNM sharpens focus on molecular imaging innovation and translation
SNM's Molecular Imaging Center of Excellence is changing its name effective Oct. 1, 2010, to the Center for Molecular Imaging Innovation and Translation, a designation that reflects its new mission and vision. (2010-10-01)

Researchers uncover the frontiers of R&D in medical imaging
A large part of modern medical development is medical imaging which has played an increasingly important role for health monitoring, disease detection and treatments. The devices and machines for medical imaging cannot provide proper information without using image processing, pattern recognition, and computer vision techniques. These are areas of active research development which are well covered in this book by leading experts in the areas. (2014-09-21)

Moores UCSD Cancer Center designated an ACR Breast Imaging Center of Excellence
Moores UCSD Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego, has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. (2010-09-15)

Multimodality imaging training for general and advanced cardiology fellowships
In the current issue of Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications volume 4, issue 1, pp. 9-12(4) ; DOI https://doi.org/10.15212/CVIA.2019.0010, Chittur A. Sivaram, MD, FACP, FASE, FACC from the Department of Medicine, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK, USA considers multimodality imaging training for general and advanced cardiology fellowships. (2019-05-08)

Salt Lake City proclaims 'Molecular Imaging Days' during SNM's Annual Meeting in June
Ralph Becker, mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah, has issued an official proclamation declaring June 5-9 (2010-05-20)

New technique improves outcome for living donor liver transplants
Thanks to a review paper done at the University of Alberta radiologists at the University of Alberta Hospital are now using CT imaging for living-donor liver transplantation. CT imaging allows surgeons to plan the operation more accurately, which increases the likelihood for organ graft survival in recipients and reduces complication rates in donors. (2008-03-18)

Improving Europe's image
The European Science Foundation calls for greater collaboration across Europe on research in medical imaging. (2007-10-23)

Journal of Nuclear Medicine premiers new, full-color design
Beginning with the January 2009 issue, the Journal of Nuclear Medicine -- SNM's flagship publication -- will be printed in full color. (2008-12-16)

Mayo Clinic calls for standardization of safe imaging protocols for children
The benefits of medical imaging far outweigh the risks when children receive The Right Exam, ordered The Right Way, with The Right Radiation Dose. However, overuse and misuse of imaging change the benefit-risk ratio and Mayo Clinic is leading a collaborative effort to ensure a national protocol is put into action. (2014-07-10)

Gaining a better picture of lung disease
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a respiratory disease commonly known as chronic bronchitis or emphysema, is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide. 600 million people live with COPD and while researchers have yet to find any real treatment or cure, Grace Parraga of Robarts Research Institute at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada, is using various imaging techniques to gain new insight into the disease. (2009-11-20)

Microcirculation imaging
Microcirculation Imaging is the first handbook of its kind, introducing many different technical approaches for the visualization of microcirculation. Clearly structured throughout, this book is a must for every clinician and researcher relying on microcirculation imaging. (2012-06-25)

Journal of Medical Imaging will launch in 2014
The Journal of Medical Imaging will be launched by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, in early 2014, with all articles freely available in the first year. Under editor-in-chief Maryellen Giger of the University of Chicago, the journal's scope will cover an interdisciplinary range of topics including imaging physics, image processing, computer-aided diagnosis, digital pathology, quantitative imaging, multimodality imaging and image perception. (2013-09-12)

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