Promising new MRI technique provides insight into stroke
October 20, 2014 -- Researchers from several institutions have used a 21-tesla preclinical MR spectroscopy scanner to develop a new technique for evaluating patients for stroke and possibly neurodegenerative diseases. They believe the protocol could be migrated to 3- and 7-tesla MRI scanners being used clinically.
CT corrects the record on arthritis in ancient Egypt
October 20, 2014 -- Using CT, Egyptian researchers found that ancient Egyptian royal families appear to have suffered from a degenerative spinal disease rather than an inflammatory type of arthritis, as previously assumed. Study results were published online in Arthritis and Rheumatology.
Payment parity in radiation therapy best serves cancer patients
October 17, 2014 -- Freestanding radiation treatment centers play a vital role in ensuring access to state-of-the-art radiation therapy. But a recent article on AuntMinnie.com about reimbursement rates at these centers provided a misleading picture, according to Dr. Paul Wallner, senior vice president of 21st Century Oncology.
Barco unites medical displays with Uniti launch at JFR
October 16, 2014 -- In the world of medical displays, a gulf has existed between grayscale and color, with imaging facilities maintaining separate types of monitors for optimal performance. At the French national congress, JFR, Barco aims to bridge the divide through Coronis Uniti, designed for both applications.
Hold the phone: Interruptions harm accuracy of residents
October 16, 2014 -- A single additional interruption in the form of a telephone call within an hour of when an on-call resident creates a preliminary report boosts the chances of a significant error in the report by 12%, according to a new study published online in Academic Radiology.
Box targets cloud-based image sharing with bid for MedXT
October 16, 2014 -- Market interest in cloud-based image sharing has drawn the attention of cloud storage provider Box. Continuing its expansion into healthcare, Box has moved to acquire cloud-based RIS/PACS software developer MedXT.
New Qatar hospital will pursue point-of-care radiology
October 15, 2014 -- Western radiologists who want to raise their visibility to patients and referring physicians would do well to look east -- specifically, the Middle East. A new hospital set to open in Qatar in 2015 hopes to change the traditional department-based radiology model by embedding radiologists directly in clinical areas.
MRI shows baseball's wear on teenage shoulders
October 14, 2014 -- It may be America's pastime, but baseball is causing a range of health issues in the young athletes who play it. In a new study published online October 14 in Radiology, MR images revealed abnormal shoulder development and potential long-term issues in male and female teenagers who threw a baseball more than 100 times a week.
JAMA IM editorials weigh in on lung cancer screening
October 13, 2014 -- With Medicare on the cusp of a momentous decision about whether to pay for CT lung cancer screening, the issue is the focus of a pair of editorials published October 13 in JAMA Internal Medicine. Taking opposite sides, the articles one last time outline positions that have become solidified as the U.S. government weighs what could be one of the biggest public health initiatives in decades.
CT hits the road in Houston with stroke ambulance project
October 13, 2014 -- Houston doctors have launched a CT-equipped mobile stroke unit to start clot-busting treatment sooner after 911 is called. The University of Texas team also hopes to learn whether patients have better long-term outcomes when they're treated sooner rather than later.