Battle Ensues Over Which Technology Reveals the Most

MRI is pushing hard against the traditional space for PET/CT and other nuclear imaging.  With the worry about radiation exposure will this technology win out over PET/CT?

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Changing the Way We Do Diagnostics One Ear at a Time

The report in today’s Health Imaging internet news, “Got an iPhone? Image an Ear Infection.” May not mean much to IAMERS members immediately, but spend a few moments, read the short news story and consider where diagnostic medicine is heading. 15 million visits each year to the pediatrician just for ear infections. With this app and phone attachment the parent can take a picture and transmit it to the doctor. The image will give the physician information separating ear infections that need antibiotics from those that do not. Continue Reading…

CCTA Use Growing as End-users Struggle with Appropriate Utilization

Cardiac CT Angiography (CCTA) is growing as it should. As with any new applications in diagnostic medicine there are incidences of inappropriate use. However, the ability for this technology to identify those without significant coronary artery disease (CAD) is significant. The test is less expensive than cardiac catheterization and certainly brings with it much lower risk. CCTA is here to stay for screening those suspected of CAD and possibly needing intervention. With the increasing numbers of cardiology practices joining hospitals the use of this application will grow and its appropriate use will become more apparent to those who order the test.

http://www.cardiovascularbusiness.com/index.php?option=com_articles&article=35058

 

Limbo for CT Dose. How Low Can It Go?

The radiology community over the past three years has really taken it on the chin for unnecessary patient exposure to ionizing radiation. The report from HealthImaging this morning and linked here is the latest of many showing how to alter the dose to the patient and still get acceptable diagnostic scans. We’re heading in the right direction.

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