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Cheryl Hall Harris, RN

Computer assisted detection for mammography first entered the scene in the late 1990s. Approval by the FDA with subsequent granting of increased reimbursement for the use of CAD by Medicare launched adoption of this technology into hospitals and imaging centers across North America.

Magnetic resonance imaging of the breast serves a unique and important function in the battle against breast cancer. This adjunct to mammography and ultrasound often provides vital information for specific circumstances, such as screening women at high risk of breast cancer, and computer aided detection (CAD) for MRI enables additional valuable clinical insight.

By combining SPECT with CT images, a number of different diagnosticstudies are enhanced, including tumor volume renderings, pinpointingthe site of an infection, myocardial perfusion imaging and in thesearch for distant metastases in advanced forms of cancer. Oncology andcardiology are the primary benefactors of this technology.

Like a freight train gathering speed, adoption of digital mammography has gained momentum as centers recognize the benefits of this technology.

Options for individual workstation design are just as important as overall room configuration when planning a new reading room.

The latest versions of hybrid PET/CT machines merge high-resolutionPET technology with multidetector CT scanners to produce fused imagesthat improve various aspects of patient care in oncology, cardiologyand neurology.

Functional MRI has begun the migration from the research lab to radiology departments with promising applications.

Digital mammography is being implemented in facilities ranging from academic medical centers to community hospitals to imaging centers. Here’s how to define the process.

Cardiac CT angiography is making its mark of diagnosis — as well as impacting the course of interventional procedures.
Remarkable advances in multidetector CT angiography (CTA) not onlyhave produced great excitement among both radiology and cardiologyspecialty groups but also have raised issues of responsibility forinterpretation of the resulting images.