As the 2011 RSNA begins to wind down, we wanted to take a step back and provide an update on breast imaging. Knowing the strategic importance of breast imaging to many hospitals, administrators and physicians continue to look for new technologies that will allow them to reduce patient anxiety and increase detection.
As screening mammography has been under greater scrutiny of late, attention has shifted to other modalities that could play a greater role in diagnosing breast cancer. Because of its widespread adoption by breast centers, many of these are based on digital mammography. Nearly all presenters note that mammography is highly likely to be unseated as the modality of choice for screening due to digital mammography’s proven ability to reduce breast cancer mortality, affordability, and accessibility. However, more options exist for diagnosis, as current methods miss lesions in some patients.
RSNA 2011, day three: Mammography's challenged role in breast imaging
The recent growth in knee replacement procedures has been significant. The overall number of knee replacements rose from over 280,000 in 2000 to around 620,000 in 2009, an increase of 120%. Underneath that startling rise has been a significant shift in utilization rates, recently uncovered by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). In a press release published at the beginning of November, AHRQ showed that the overall utilization rate for knee arthroplasty grew 84%. While that growth has been seen across all ages for knee replacement, the increased rates of surgical intervention were much more significant in younger patients.
The jump in utilization rates for knee replacement and implications for future demand
It's Tuesday in Chicago and the RSNA conference continues to be in full swing. With many critical scientific sessions in progress and new products on display, there is no end to the information available for the imaging technology enthusiast. As we track the developments on the floor, we can’t help but notice that technology has become ever more attuned to patients—patient preferences, patient comfort, patient safety, and the potential for comprehensive, integrated patient records. Amid fierce competition, these key decision makers in health care have spoken in favor of patient-friendly imaging, and providers and vendors have listened.
RSNA 2011, day two: Patient-focused technology developments take center stage