Surf's up at Yale-New Haven's pediatric MRI suite
March 2, 2015 -- Winter in New England never looked so good as it does inside Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital's new pediatric MRI suite, during these cold, snowy days. The facility began imaging children in January in the new beach-themed "Scan-Castle," featuring a seascape painted on the wall and blue waves on the tiled floor.
SIR: 3D printer fashions tools for interventional radiology
March 2, 2015 -- At this week's Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) meeting in Atlanta, physicians from Louisiana will discuss their use of 3D printing to construct drug-delivery tools to fight infection and even cancer in the interventional radiology suite.
Siemens readies new handheld ultrasound unit for ECR
March 2, 2015 -- Handheld ultrasound systems represent a rapidly growing segment of the ultrasound market, and prospective purchasers will soon have an additional entrant to consider. Siemens Healthcare will unveil Acuson P500, a new handheld ultrasound platform, at this week's European Congress of Radiology (ECR) in Vienna.
PACS firms unite as Merge buys DR Systems
February 27, 2015 -- One of the oldest names in imaging informatics is going by the wayside as PACS firm DR Systems has been acquired by Merge Healthcare. While the DR Systems name will be retired as part of the deal, founder and CEO Dr. Murray Reicher has been named chief medical officer of Merge.
Fewer lung cancer patients meet CT lung screening criteria
February 27, 2015 -- It's the ultimate irony: The success of public health efforts to get people to stop smoking is resulting in fewer individuals being eligible for CT lung cancer screening. In fact, some people are continuing to smoke just to be eligible for CT scans, according to new research in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
SPECT advocate Amen calls for modality's use in psychiatry
February 27, 2015 -- Greater use of SPECT in psychiatric care could help diagnose neurological conditions, remove the stigma of mental illness, and end the practice of psychiatrists "flying blind" when treating patients, according to psychiatrist and SPECT proponent Dr. Daniel Amen.
Federal probe confirms scheduling woes at Phoenix VA
February 27, 2015 -- A federal investigation has confirmed a number of shortcomings in radiology patient scheduling at a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital in Phoenix that was at the heart of a scandal last year over long patient waiting times.
Protocol tweaks reduce radiation dose for pediatric DSA
February 26, 2015 -- In a session on Sunday at the Society of Interventional Radiology conference in Atlanta, researchers from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center will demonstrate protocols they developed that dramatically cut radiation dose for pediatric digital subtraction angiography (DSA) procedures.
ESR, ACR teleradiology white papers put patient first
February 26, 2015 -- The teleradiology white papers of the European Society of Radiology (ESR) and American College of Radiology (ACR) differ in some respects, but they both stress the importance of always keeping the patient's needs first and foremost.
Vertebral CAD aces detection of compression fractures
February 26, 2015 -- A new computer-aided detection (CAD) scheme can robustly detect vertebral compression fractures on spine CT images. The algorithm was developed by a team led by Dr. Ronald Summers, PhD, from the U.S. National Institutes of Health.