6 tips for joining a CT lung cancer screening registry
April 17, 2017 -- Imaging facilities across the U.S. are beginning to provide CT lung cancer screening -- and they are getting Medicare payment for it as well. But to get paid, you have to participate in a CT lung cancer registry. In this article, Judy Burleson of the American College of Radiology offers six tips for getting started.
Sharing best practices cuts CT dose substantially
April 14, 2017 -- Substantial reductions in CT radiation dose can be achieved by monitoring and comparing dose across institutions -- even in a large academic health network such as the University of California. Getting buy-in from all the players involved is key, according to a study published online April 10 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
New study reveals why many MRI scans are delayed
April 14, 2017 -- If MRI scans are running behind schedule on a given day, chances are good that patient-related issues are to blame. More specifically, patient motion, claustrophobia, and late arrivals are the most common reasons, according to a March 26 article in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Can machine learning and MRI diagnose depression?
April 13, 2017 -- Can machine learning be used to diagnose serious cases of depression based on data from MRI scans in adults, potentially even before they begin showing symptoms? Yes, it can, according to a proof-of-concept study being published in the June issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging.
Malpractice claim rate against U.S. physicians drops
April 13, 2017 -- The rate of malpractice claims paid against U.S. physicians has dropped across all medical specialties over the past 20 years, according to an article in JAMA Internal Medicine. Radiologists have also benefited from the trend, although to a lesser extent than other disciplines.
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 34: Ryan meets the parents
April 13, 2017 -- Ryan gives Andy's parents a scare when they meet him for the first time. After all, what could be worse than having your daughter date a cartoonist? See what happens in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend.
What role should contrast US have for kidney lesions?
April 12, 2017 -- Contrast-enhanced ultrasound is highly sensitive for characterizing indeterminate kidney lesions, but its specificity may be low when used by inexperienced readers, as well as in patients with advanced chronic kidney disease, according to research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Study finds contrast mammo an alternative to breast MRI
April 12, 2017 -- Contrast-enhanced digital mammography (CEDM) may be a cost-effective modality for additional diagnostic evaluation -- and, specifically, a viable substitute for breast MRI, according to a study published online April 5 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
PET links midlife vascular risk factors to more amyloid
April 11, 2017 -- Florbetapir-PET scans show that midlife adults with two or more vascular risk factors are significantly more likely to have greater levels of amyloid deposits in their brains later in life than peers with no such risk factors, according to a study published April 11 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
'Inexplicably,' doctors support breast screening at 40
April 10, 2017 -- Despite conflicting breast cancer screening guidelines, more than 80% of primary care providers and gynecologists continue to recommend that their patients start mammography screening at age 40, according to a research letter published online April 10 in JAMA Internal Medicine.