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 - lung cancer

Lung cancers discovered on annual repeat screenings were often identified in the previous round of screening, which suggests the incorporation of advanced image-processing techniques and additional display methods could boost early detection, according to a study published online in American Journal of Roentgenology.

 - CT Scanner with patient

The American Heart Association is promoting three pillars to maximize radiation safety in patients who undergo cardiovascular imaging: education, justification and optimization. Several societies endorsed the recommendations, which were published online Sept. 29 in Circulation.

 - exam

Cardiologists who used a handheld ultrasound were more likely to make an accurate diagnosis of patients with common cardiovascular abnormalities than colleagues who relied on a physical exam, for an estimated savings of $63 per patient. Handheld ultrasound’s ability to rule out abnormalities also likely would reduce downstream testing, according to a study published online Sept. 17 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Imaging.

 - man with back pain

Imaging for lower-back pain is often frowned upon because studies show it doesn’t usually lead to improved outcomes. This conventional wisdom may soon change, however, as researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles have received a $2.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop an imaging technique for a painful back condition.

 - Decision aids help inform prostate cancer screening

The Prostate testing for cancer and Treatment (ProtecT) randomized trial currently being conducted by British researchers will hopefully bring clarity to the debate on how to manage prostate-specific antigen- (PSA-) detected clinically localized prostate cancer.