Rebekah Moan | Authors

Coalition Urges U.S. Panel to Approve CT Colonography for Routine Screening

October 20, 2010

A growing body of evidence supports the use of CT colonography for colon cancer screening, and a U.S. panel should reverse its decision to not endorse the procedure, according to the CT Colonography Coalition.

Some ovarian tumors can be safely followed on ultrasound

July 14, 2010

Once thought a risk for malignancy, septated ovarian cystic tumors are actually mostly benign. A study at the University of Kentucky changes the standard of care for those patients.

Nighthawk cuts jobs, closes offices, but still poised for growth, analyst says

June 25, 2010

Nighthawk remains poised for growth despite a recent announcement that it is closing some offices and cutting jobs, according to a financial analyst who follows the company.

Blood count test may predict prognosis in leukemia

May 17, 2010

A multi-institutional group of researchers have zeroed in on a more accurate way to decipher treatment outcomes in young leukemia patients using information from a simple complete blood count test.

Renal Mass Biopsies May Help Patients Bypass Surgery

February 22, 2010

Using renal mass biopsy to guide treatment decisions for small tumors is cost-effective relative to direct surgery, and can spare many patients unnecessary surgical procedures, according to Massachusetts General Hospital researchers.

Experts take umbrage with federal panel change to age for mammo screening

January 05, 2010

A U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation that routine breast cancer screening should begin at age 50, and take place every two years, did not sit well with the breast cancer community. The new recommendations will result in “many needless deaths,” stated the Society of Breast Imaging and the American College of Radiology.

New radiotracer shows early treatment response for patients with lung cancer

January 04, 2010

PET scanning with FDG has proved its mettle as a way to judge tumor response to treatment. Now Australian researchers are going one step further and working with another radiotracer, which they have determined can monitor the response of non-small-cell lung cancer and normal tissue changes during radical chemoradiotherapy.

Early study shows promise for radiofrequency ablation in dysplastic Barrett esophagus

November 23, 2009

Radiofrequency ablation can decrease disease progression in patients with dysplastic Barrett esophagus, or metaplasia of the espophageal epithelium, according to a study out of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The researchers also found that the technique eradicated dysplasia and intestinal metaplasia.

Ultrasound targets lymph node recurrence in breast cancer

November 20, 2009

Ultrasound is an effective way to monitor lymph node recurrence after breast cancer surgery, South Korean researchers reported. Regional lymph node recurrence affects just 2% to 16% of patients with any stage of breast cancer, but is difficult to manage and associated with poor prognosis.

Experts contest review article declaring breast MRI causes more harm than good by encouraging radical Rx

November 20, 2009

A review article asserting breast MRI does not improve surgical planning, reduce follow-up surgeries, or reduce the risk of local recurrences drew the ire of the breast imaging community.