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Clint vanSonnenberg
 - Radiologist

The prospect of malpractice haunts many radiologists, and fear of a lawsuit shapes how many physicians practice medicine.

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In November 2010, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) ended one of the largest clinical trials ever conducted, the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), after annual CT screenings of heavy smokers showed a 20 percent reduction in mortality compared with conventional x-ray screening. One year later, dozens of U.S. cancer centers have begun to offer screening for the nations deadliest cancer, but few Americans are lining up for a chance at early detection.

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Clinicians working in the multidisciplinary field of oncology are realizing momentous gains in quality and efficiency, partially due to the integration of PACS and the EMR. The informatics-driven results include more informed, expedited and coordinated patient care.

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Emergency physicians are contending with ubiquitous closures, expanded coverage and continued spending cuts. Is CT helping EDs cope or causing new problems?

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Healthcare has become as much a matter of politics as medicine in the U.S., leading many physicians to fear that determinations about the fate of their specialties may lie entirely outside of their control.

Most primary care physicians (PCPs) are confident in their abilities to provide cancer survivors with adequate follow-up care, an assurance in the skills of PCPs shared by less than one-fourth of oncologists, who see themselves as better-equipped to care for survivors. Meanwhile, both PCPs and oncologists order significantly more screening than professional guidelines recommend.

Interoperability and imaging IT company Merge Healthcare has locked an installation contract for its iConnect software at Childrens Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

CT offers trauma radiologists on the battlefields and in local hospitals the capacity to calculate wound path trajectories, potentially speeding up and improving care and even enabling forensics teams to better understand the nature and direction of a casualtys shooter, according to a study published in the August issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Porter Hospital in Valparaiso, Ind., has purchased Merges iConnect image interoperability platform.

Interventional radiology sustains its auspices, a noninvasive alternative with widely varyingbut safelevels of radiation administered to patients, according to a study published in the July issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.