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Worth Repeating
"For doctors, patients and public policymakers to ever come to a consensus on healthcare, we need to educate ourselves on and agree upon the interventions that evidence and experience have proved to be beneficial—or we will be forever linked to a healthcare system that does too much for those who don't need it and not enough for those who do."

Pamela M. Davis, MD, a family physician and director of the family medicine residency program at Northridge Hospital Medical Center, as reported in the Los Angeles Times
Other Imaging News
Radiology’s Changing Competitive Dynamic
An article on Naplesnews.com explains how a Florida radiology group lost one contract and gained another, being displaced by a teleradiology group while displacing another.

Study Questions Brachytherapy for Breast Cancer
The study, according to a New York Times piece, found breast cancer patients who underwent brachytherapy were about twice as likely to have a mastectomy in the following five years compared with those who received whole-breast radiation, questioning brachytherapy’s effectiveness in treating the cancer.

Docs With Financial Interest Order More Negative Scans
Patients referred for studies by physicians who owned the scanning equipment had many more negative scans than those referred by doctors without such financial interest, according to a study presented at RSNA 2011. According to a MedPage Today article on the study, this difference amounted to an 86% increase in negative scans for doctors who owned the scanning systems.
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Editor's E-Note
RSNA is a valuable weeklong marathon of education, technology, exhibit halls, meetings, and catching up with friends in the imaging community. It provides a full helping of current research and a look ahead at the coming year in the field, all of which the Radiology Today team will report on in the coming months. But this
e-newsletter isn’t actually about that…

— Jim Knaub, editor
E-News Exclusive
The Twelve Days of RSNA
By Jim Knaub

I hope you’re home safely from RSNA 2011 and preparing for the holidays with your family. RSNA kind of blurs the transition from Thanksgiving to the hectic holiday season by injecting an even more hectic week in Chicago. If you’re like many RSNA veterans I spoke with at McCormick Place, the buses, or in various lounges around the Windy City, the season doesn’t really begin until you arrive home from Chicago.

In that blurred spirit (though not blurred by spirits), enjoy this RSNA carol.

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Irreversible Electroporation
This interventional oncology procedure may provide a more precise alternative to radio-frequency ablation in some cancer patients. Read more »

Pediatric Imaging: Distraction Techniques Improve Patient Care
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh employed some creative and kid-friendly techniques to distract patients from the reality of medical imaging. Not only did the facility see CT procedure volume increase 18%, but sedations for such procedures dropped 97% within two years. Read more »

Allied Health CareersChest Scans and Dose
Researchers have outlined strategies for how to optimize radiation dose for chest CT, a commonly performed exam and one that exposes some of the most radiosensitive organs in the human body. Read more »

ASTRO Reporter’s Notebook
A summary of noteworthy news from the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s annual meeting in October. Read more »

On the Case
Check out our original case study department, edited by radiologist Rahul V. Pawar, MD, DABR. Read more »

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