- breast cancer

Women with breast cancer may be able undergo treatment with a one-week regimen of partial breast radiation after surgery as opposed to irradiating the entire breast for multiple weeks, as a study published recently in Annals of Surgical Oncology showed no increase in recurrence or difference in cosmetic outcomes using the partial breast radiation technique.

 - radiation dose, CT

Less than 8 percent of patients with suspected urinary stones underwent CT using appropriate low-dose techniques, according to a research letter published online in JAMA Internal Medicine.

 - Doc with money

CMS published its 2014 Open Payments data this week, detailing payments made by drug and device companies to various healthcare providers. The data includes information on 11.4 million financial transactions made to physicians and teaching hospitals, totaling $6.49 billion.

 - IV, intravenous, saline

After a patient was harmed in a radiology department by incorrect administration of a drug to counter contrast reaction, the department set about to make sure not to repeat the mistake. Members conducted a searching root-cause analysis, ferreted out their underlying weak points and have now published their findings. 

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With thyroid cancer incidence rates rising at a perplexing rate, concerns about overdiagnosis are starting to take center stage. A paper citing a few reasons for this spike in overdiagnosis, and how radiologists can help stem the tide, was recently published online in Academic Radiology.