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 of February. Last month, the facility began imaging children 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.
To radiology and beyond: Pixar chief mulls the patient experience February 25, 2015 -- What does renowned animation studio Pixar have to do with medical imaging? The parallels abound, according to Ed Catmull, PhD, president of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios, who offered his perspective on how radiology can improve the patient experience in a February 20 article in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Radiology IT downtimes are common, but not usually serious February 25, 2015 -- Interruptions to radiology department workflow due to IT network downtimes are common, but most are easily fixable, according to a new study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. The findings are good news for radiology practices trying to integrate different IT systems into a unified reading environment.
fMRI shows different brain activity in curious preteens February 24, 2015 -- Understanding the daily actions of preteens is a daunting task in general, but researchers from the University of California, San Francisco have had early success in using functional MRI (fMRI) to investigate why some might explore more than others.
Ultrasound + lab tests can reliably spot pediatric appendicitis February 24, 2015 -- Combining blood tests with sonography findings significantly outperformed ultrasound alone for diagnosing or ruling out pediatric appendicitis, and the combination could also reduce the number of CT scans in children, according to research published online in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.
3 golden rules for creating all-star radiology residents February 23, 2015 -- Spending a good chunk of his professional life in teaching has helped Dr. Amr Ajlan of King Abdulaziz University Hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, observe what can turn a good radiology resident into an exceptional one. What he's learned from these observations is that the complexity of forming a solid radiology resident can be simplified with three primary rules.