For almost 25 years, women in the UK aged over 50 have been regularly invited for breast screening. However, in recent years the screening programme has come under attack, so much so the government is undertaking a national review. Abi Millar talks to Dr Daniel Kopans and Dr Robin Wilson to investigate the value of screening initiatives, and to see if the physical and psychological consequences are unjustifiably damaging.
Diagnostic imaging in North America is dominated by the US market, which is one of the most advanced in the world. However, in terms of delivering consistent growth, this global leader has been unable to match its Canadian neighbour. GlobalData reports.
Breast examinations are being transformed by full-field digital mammography equipment. With the worldwide market set to grow significantly in the next few years, GlobalData analyses the key facts and trends driving this expansion.
Alberta Health Services plans to significantly increase the number of PET/CT scans being undertaken in the province. Dr Chris Molnar talks to Nic Paton about the organisation’s intention, and what this means for the future of scanning and diagnosis.
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Picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) have now been implemented across the NHS in England. This process provides lessons to learn for other health services and organisations as they look to go digital, according to programme director Mary Barber of NHS Connecting for Health.
The use of MRI in the diagnosis of strokes has been growing steadily in recent years with a greater emphasis placed on rapid scanning. In this special report, Professor Anthony Rudd, consultant physician at St Thomas’ Hospital, London, and Dr Elizabeth Brown, consultant radiologist at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, talk to Philip Kleinfeld about the trend and consider how the introduction of a national strategy has changed the way stroke patients are treated.
The number of people around the world suffering from Alzheimer’s disease will soar in the next few decades. There is, however, still much about the illness that remains unknown. Dr Linda McEvoy, assistant professor in the department of radiology at the University of California, explains to Medical Imaging Technology how her team is carrying out research to provide earlier diagnosis and improve treatment for sufferers.
There is a need for a new technological screening approach to provide better results with fewer risks to patients. Alternative screening techniques are under evaluation, but, as Professor Dr med. Per Skaane explains, automated ultrasound and tomosynthesis provide only a part solution for organised population-based high-volume screening programmes.