Monthly Archive for: ‘August, 2014’

Breast Imaging

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Nonscreened Patients With Breast Cancer Need More Treatment Than Screened Patients Screening women aged 40 to 49 for breast cancer has additional benefits beyond the proven decrease in mortality rate, according to researchers at Case Western Reserve University. Patients screened with mammography are statistically less likely to undergo chemotherapy, avoiding the associated toxic morbidities. Screening mammography also helps identify a …

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Assessing Consciousness in Patients With Brain Damage

Assessing Consciousness In Patients With Brain Damage

PET is a promising tool for determining which severely brain-damaged individuals in a vegetative state could potentially recover consciousness, according to new research published in The Lancet. It’s the first time that researchers have tested the diagnostic accuracy of functional brain imaging techniques in clinical practice. “Our findings suggest that PET imaging can reveal cognitive processes that aren’t visible through …

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Plaque Analysis May Improve Risk Assessment


Quantitative plaque analysis using cardiac CT angiography (CCTA) provides an accurate assessment of arterial plaque and could dramatically impact the management of patients with diabetes who face a high risk of heart attacks and other cardiovascular events, according to new research. Plaque that forms in the arterial walls can restrict blood flow and, in some cases, rupture, leading to potentially …

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Cirrhosis Screening May Improve Liver Cancer Survival

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Liver cancer survival rates could be improved if more people with cirrhosis are screened for tumors using ultrasound scans and blood tests, according to a review published in PLOS Medicine by physicians at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. The meta-analysis of 47 studies involving more than 15,000 patients found that the three-year survival rate was much higher among patients …

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