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Computer-aided detection (CAD) systems have proved their reliability in terms of sensitivity and specificity as a second reader for chest imaging, mammography and breast MRI in standalone studies assessing performance for a selected group. But before you can ask how CAD is impacting diagnosis and proving its value in everyday clinical practice, the interaction (or learning curve) between radiologist and the technology and the balancing act between sensitivity and specificity must be considered.
Although breast MRI is an increasingly common complement to mammography because of its sensitivity in detecting suspicious lesions missed by mammography, two molecular imaging techniquespositron emission mammography (PEM) and breast specific gamma imaging (BSGI)are moving up the ranks due to greater physiological detail and spatial resolution both techniques offer.
Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE)-Europe has appointed Jacqueline Surugue as co-chair of the IHE-Europe Steering Committee.
Members of the American College of Radiology (ACR) urged the U.S. House of Representatives Rural Caucus against using radiology benefits managers (RBMs) in the Medicare system and against a proposed imaging equipment utilization rate change from 50 to 95 percent at a Capitol Hill briefing held June 24.
Philips has introduced its MammoDiagnost VU, a standalone mammography workstation that enables multi-vendor and multimodality image management and integration, to the U.S. market.
Physicians failed to report clinically significant abnormal test results to patients--or to document that they had informed them--in one out of every 14 cases of abnormal results, according to new research published June 22 in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The researchers found that having an EMR does not reduce failure-to-inform rates--and even increases them--if the practice does not have good processes in place for managing test results.
The Safari-1 reactor at the Pelindaba nuclear facility in South Africa has geared up production of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) in response to the global shortage of medical isotopes, which has disrupted and halted treatments for cancer patients.
Fifty-three people have been indicted for schemes to submit more than $50 million in false Medicare claims in the continuing operation of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force in Detroit, according to an announcement made Wednesday by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and FBI Director Robert Mueller.
PhotoDetection Systems (PDS) introduced its NeuroPET scanner to the molecular imaging community at the recent 2009 SNM annual meeting in Toronto.
Royal Philips Electronics has launched a new release of its portable ultrasound system for a range of applications including radiology, vascular, women's health, emergency medicine, regional anesthesia and critical care.