California group launches program to decipher breast density laws; Patients notified radiologist may have misread scans;

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> The California Breast Density Information Group (CBDIG)--consisting of California-based breast imagers and cancer risk specialists--has launched a website designed to provide guidance on breast density notification laws, HealthImaging reported. The group has published a special online report in Radiology reviewing the background on those laws as well as issues practitioners encounter. Article

> Canadian healthcare network Trillium Health has notified 3,500 patients that a radiologist may have misinterpreted their mammograms and CT exams, the Toronto Star reported. The radiologist worked at Trillium hospitals for over 30 years, but his privileges were revoked earlier this year. Article

> A group of researchers in North Carolina and Virginia is using a combination of brain imaging, biomechanics and neurological testing to develop tools to identify when young football players have been hit hard enough--or repeatedly enough--to risk brain injury. According to Technology Review, the researchers have been using brain scans to examine players equipped with accelerometer-equipped helmets to look for links between measured head impacts and changes in brain tissue and function. Article

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> An auditor found more than $300 million in duplicative IT systems at three different government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services--which has six duplicative systems costing $256 million alone--according to a new Government Accountability Office report. Article

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> The state of cancer care delivery in the U.S. is in disarray, bedeviled by a shrinking workforce, an increasing number of patients and ever-increasing costs, the Institute of Medicine has declared in a new report. According to the IOM, the cost of delivering cancer care will hit $173 billion a year by the end of the decade, up from $125 billion in 2010 and $72 billion in 2004. Meanwhile, the number of patients who will require oncology care is expected to grow 45 percent by 2030, while the dedicated work is expected to dwindle. Article

And Finally... Foiled by baggy pants. Article

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