A study published in the April 2011 issue of Radiology found that by increasing the experience requirement for readers of mammograms in the U.S., the number of false-positives would decrease, along with the amount of money spent on mammography each year.

The Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) – a multi-site collaborative effort launched in 2003 by the NIH, the FDA, private pharmaceutical companies and non-profit organizations – is the largest trial to date for evaluating the potential role of MRI in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.

I came across this article and thought it would make a good basis for a blog post about what to ask your doctor if you are experiencing intermittent chest pain. Some questions that came to mind include, “When should I worry about chest pain?” and “How can my doctor use medical tests to come to a final answer about my actual condition?”

A study I recently co-authored on backscatter x-ray scanners – the radiation-emitting scanners being used in airports across the country – found that the machines pose an extremely low risk for travelers.

Eighty percent of Americans will experience an episode of back pain during their lifetime. Many of these people will go on to have chronic pain issues that negatively impact their ability to work and lead a normal lifestyle.

The tragedy in Japan resulting from the earthquake and tsunami is difficult to comprehend. It is compounded by the damage to the nuclear power plant, resulting in radiation releases with uncertainty as to how much more radiation will be emitted.