January 2011 Briefing - Radiology
Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Radiology for January 2011. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.
Radiofrequency Ablation, Surgery Equal in Small HCC
MONDAY, Jan. 31 (HealthDay News) -- Overall survival is comparable for patients with small hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) treated with surgical resection (SR) or radiofrequency ablation (RFA), according to a study published in the January issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Ease of Angiography Similar in Right and Left Radial Route
MONDAY, Jan. 31 (HealthDay News) -- The success and difficulty of transradial coronary angiography are similar for both right and left radial artery approaches, according to research published in the Jan. 15 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Classifies Liver Cancer
MONDAY, Jan. 31 (HealthDay News) -- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and histological biopsy analysis are both efficient methods for subtyping hepatocellular adenomas (HCAs), according to a study published online Jan. 12 in Hepatology.
HIV Patients Tolerate Radiation for Head-and-Neck Cancer
FRIDAY, Jan. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Radiation therapy is relatively well tolerated in appropriately selected patients with HIV, according to a study published in the Jan. 1 issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics.
Electronic Health Records May Not Improve Care Quality
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Electronic health records (EHRs) and clinical decision support (CDS) do not appear to improve the quality of clinical care, according to a study published online Jan. 24 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Radiotherapy Increases Risk of Death From Cardiac Disease
THURSDAY, Jan. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Radiotherapy may increase the long-term risk of death from cardiovascular disease, especially in women with left-sided breast cancer who are treated with contemporary tangential breast or chest-wall radiotherapy, according to a study in the Jan. 25 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
PET Imaging Determines β-Amyloid Levels
TUESDAY, Jan. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Florbetapir F 18 positron emission tomography (PET) appears to be an effective method for determining β-amyloid levels in vivo, and lower levels of β-amyloid in older adults may predict greater cognitive decline as they age, according to two articles published in the Jan. 19 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
CDC Report Highlights Important Health Disparities
THURSDAY, Jan. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Among Americans, disparities in income, race and ethnicity, gender, and other social attributes have an impact on whether an individual is healthy or ill or will die prematurely, according to a report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released as a supplement to the Jan. 14 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
MRI During Chemotherapy IDs Subtypes of Breast Cancer
THURSDAY, Jan. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be used to monitor response during neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC), and it is effective in triple-negative or human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-positive breast cancer, according to a study published online Jan. 10 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Non-Conventional Radiotherapy May Reduce Dry Mouth
THURSDAY, Jan. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Parotid-sparing intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) is less likely than conventional radiotherapy to result in dry mouth in patients treated for head and neck cancer, according to research published online Jan. 13 in The Lancet Oncology.
Burnout Levels Particularly High in Residents
MONDAY, Jan. 10 (HealthDay News) -- The incidence of burnout and risk for burnout are high in physicians, particularly residents, and more than a quarter of anesthesiology chairs meet criteria for high burnout, according to two articles published in the January issue of Anesthesiology.
Imaging With Ionizing Radiation Common in Children
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 5 (HealthDay News) -- The use of diagnostic imaging procedures with ionizing radiation appears to be common among children, according to a study published online Jan. 3 in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.
EUS-Guided Injections Safe for Treating Pancreatic Cysts
TUESDAY, Jan. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS)-guided injection of ethanol and paclitaxel appears to be a safe and relatively effective method for treatment of cystic lesions of the pancreas (CLPs), resulting in a 62 percent complete resolution rate, according to research published in the January issue of Gastroenterology.