RSNA is a medical association made up of over 50,000 physicists, oncologists, radiologists and other scientists who are dedicated to offering excellent patient care and promoting quality healthcare. The society is committed to providing educational programs and high quality materials that will help radiologists and scientists continue to learn about and be educated in all of the advancements within the medical field. Their headquarters is located in Oak Brook, Illinois and their yearly educational meeting is held at the McCormick Place in downtown Chicago, Illinois. RSNA offers thousands of continuing education credits and also publishes two of the top Radiology journals, Radiology and RadioGraphics.
If you work in the medical industry, then you have probably heard, at some point, the acronym PACS. But perhaps you aren't sure what it stands for, what it does and why itÂs used. Learn why some PACS praisers claim that it has revolutionized the field of radiology, while others find it not very useful.
For those of you who are unaware, October has been designated as the official month of National Breast Cancer Awareness. Government agencies, public service organizations and professional medical associations join together in order to raise awareness, educate individuals on the severity of breast cancer, share information and facts on the disease and provide options for getting help. It is also an opportunity to host charitable events and to raise funds for research. There are still plenty of studies that need to be implemented in order to help find answers as to how breast cancer is caused, discovering preventions and helping to find a cure from this disease!
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A research study developed in November of 2012 by the Indiana University School of Medicine showed that out of 307 people who had undergone outpatient CT scans at the university hospital, an astounding 67% of them hardly had a clue as to what radiologists actually do. This is not necessarily the patientsÂ fault, however. Not many radiologists actually interact with the people that are being scanned. Most radiologists spend their time in reading rooms, studying and interpreting images; striving to come up with the best solutions for their findings. Meanwhile, the patients are interacting with physicians and doctors, not the actual individual who has dissected each image and is the most familiar with the results of a scan.
While both the PET (Positron Emission Tomography) and the CT (Computed Tomography) imaging scanners identify abnormalities in organs of the body and have 3D imaging capabilities, they still reveal and compile very different information. Check out the differences between the PET and the CT imaging scanners:
A PET scanner captures images of bodily organs by using a camera and a liquid tracker - It shows molecular function and activity. For the process to work, a liquid tracker (usually known as a Tracer), is injected into a vein. That tracer then swarms to the cells within the body that are collecting the most energy (which is usually a sign of disease or cancer). The tracer then creates positrons. These positively charged particles are captured by the camera and data is collected. PET scans are capable of revealing many outcomes. They help doctors evaluate cancer, see if the disease has spread and determine what the best treatments are. They can detect damaged heart tissue and determine whether there is pour blood flow to the heart. PET systems also help doctors study the brain, the blood flow to the brain and any changes the brain has gone through. Even problems with the nervous system can be detected with a PET scan.