General practitioners order more imaging in Australia
July 22, 2014 -- General practitioners in Australia are placing more orders for medical imaging exams, with total orders for imaging growing 45% from 2005 to 2012, according to a survey released this week from the University of Sydney. The numbers also indicate a shift away from general radiography and toward more advanced modalities such as ultrasound, CT, and MRI.
Study finds rads working longer, postponing retirement
July 22, 2014 -- Radiologists say they're working more hours and expect to retire later than they'd prefer, according to a new study published in Academic Radiology. How they handle their exit from the workforce will have major ramifications for future job prospects for radiologists.
MedXT leverages consumer IT for cloud-based RIS/PACS
July 21, 2014 -- A number of imaging pundits over the years have wistfully wondered why advances in consumer-oriented information technologies aren't applied more broadly to imaging informatics. San Francisco start-up MedXT hopes to bridge that technology gap with its cloud-based RIS/PACS software.
MRI links antipsychotic drugs to brain loss
July 21, 2014 -- MR images of patients with schizophrenia have confirmed that antipsychotic drugs can lead to a decrease in brain volume, but the drugs do not appear to cause adverse cognitive issues. The study also found that the rate of brain loss was greater when the dose of medication was higher.
Study: Nonobstructive coronary disease has its own risks
July 18, 2014 -- Individuals found to have nonobstructive plaque at angiography are routinely sent home without being stented. But a new study from Colorado suggests that simply dismissing these patients and hoping for the best could be dangerous.
Making a Difference as a Sonographer: Tennis elbow, part 1
July 17, 2014 -- Just because you don't play tennis or racket sports doesn't mean you can't come down with tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis. A painful condition caused by overuse, tennis elbow can be triggered by repetitive movements on the job, such as the daily work of a sonographer.
PET agents differentiate Alzheimer's, cardiovascular disease
July 17, 2014 -- Researchers have found that using PET brain imaging with florbetapir and FDG can differentiate cardiovascular disease from symptoms of mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's disease. The combination can also detect amyloid plaques in patients with cardiovascular disease.
Ohio hospital slashes CT radiation dose -- and cancer risk
July 16, 2014 -- By changing its scanning protocols, an Ohio hospital was able to cut by more than half the number of radiation-induced cancers that would have occurred following CT exams. The finding could alter the debate over the risks of medical radiation, according to a study in the July issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Google Trends: A new source for women's health research?
July 16, 2014 -- Online searches have become a major source of public health information, used by researchers to track hot topics such as the spread of infectious disease. But analyzing Internet searches could also help monitor patient knowledge and anxiety about noninfectious diseases such as breast cancer, according to a new study.
Boston hospital adjusts operations after marathon bombing
July 15, 2014 -- In a paper published online July 15 in Radiology, staff from Brigham and Women's Hospital details the hospital's response to the Boston Marathon bombing and how it has improved some operations and procedures to better handle emergency situations.