Malpractice Fears Spurring Most ER Docs to Order Unnecessary Tests

TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly all emergency room doctors surveyed order pricey MRIs or CT scans their patients may not need, mainly because they fear malpractice lawsuits, according to a new report.

Early Scans for Back Pain May Do Little to Help Seniors

TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Most current guidelines suggest that when seniors report new back pain to their primary care physician they should quickly be sent for diagnostic imaging, such as CT scans or MRIs.

CT Scans Might Spot Heart Risks More Clearly in Patients With Chest Pain

SUNDAY, March 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that CT scans may help doctors do a better job of diagnosing heart disease in patients with chest pain, compared to standard tests.

Study Gauges Value of CT Scans for Heart Patients

SATURDAY, March 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In the first head-to-head study of its kind, researchers say that CT scans may offer some advantages over traditional "functional stress tests" for people with symptoms of heart disease.

Eyes May Be Window to Outcomes After Stroke, Research Suggests

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The eye's optic nerve may provide clues to a stroke patient's survival, a new study indicates.

Imaging Tests May Help Stem Amputations for Circulatory Disorder

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) who face amputation of a foot or leg can have their limb saved by minimally invasive surgery to improve blood flow, a new study suggests.

MRI Improves Prostate Cancer Biopsy Accuracy, Study Finds

TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Prostate biopsies that combine MRI technology with ultrasound appear to give men better information regarding the seriousness of their cancer, a new study suggests.

Advisers Endorse HPV Test for Cervical Cancer Checks

THURSDAY, Jan. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An HPV test recently approved by U.S. health officials is an effective way to check for cervical cancer, two leading women's health organizations said Thursday.

Scans May Spot People Who'll Benefit From Surgery for OCD

TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Though most patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can be successfully treated with medication and therapy, between 10 percent to 20 percent have a form of the illness that doesn't respond to standard care, experts say.

Are Routine Ultrasounds for Women With Dense Breasts Worthwhile?

MONDAY, Dec. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research questions the value of ultrasound screening for women with dense breasts who've had a normal mammogram.