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Imaging experts weigh in on screening controversy

November 17, 2009

Despite the hubbub, breast imaging researchers saw nothing new in the findings of Dr. Esserman’s group. Daniel Kopans, MD, a professor of radiology at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital, called her observation about mammography catching nonlethal cancers but missing aggressive ones “a fundamental concept that is older than I am. Mammography saves lives by finding moderate- and slow-growing cancer that will kill in five or more years without diagnosis and treatment,” according to Dr. Kopans.

Lung ca staging stirs debate about noncontrast imaging

September 23, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO-Th e new international standards for lung cancer staging and how they pertain to imaging sent sparks flying during a plenary session at the 2009 World Conference on Lung Cancer.

CMS nixes CT colonography screening

June 19, 2009

Bucking the tide of medical professional opinion, CMS decided against granting payment for CT colonography as a screening test for colorectal cancer. CMS ruled that the clinical evidence remains inadequate to conclude that CTC is appropriate for that role.

MR brain mapping assesses response to glioma therapy

September 01, 2008

Brain tumor patients receiving standard radiation therapy must wait up to 10 weeks for follow-up CT or MR to determine whether the treatment is working, based on the established MacDonald criteria for assessing treatment.

PET affects treatment in over one-third of cancer cases

April 01, 2008

A study based on nearly 23,000 patients at 1,178 US healthcare facilities has found that FDG-PET or PET/CT led referring physicians to alter their opinion about the optimal treatment for 36.5% of cancer patients.

CT-related radiation blamed for up to 2% of US cancers

December 01, 2007

A New England Journal of Medicine review article is highlighting the cancer risks of computed tomography at the same time that hundreds of scientific presentations and new product announcements at the 2007 RSNA meeting are fueling the continued growth of multislice CT.