CCTA increases emergency room costs, length of stay
November 17, 2017 -- Coronary CT angiography (CCTA) might not be an ideal diagnostic tool for patients presenting to the emergency room with acute chest pain, according to a study published online November 14 in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers found that CCTA increases the length of stay without improving clinical outcomes any more than clinical evaluation alone.  Discuss
Can AI diagnose pneumonia better than radiologists?
November 17, 2017 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm developed by Stanford University researchers can detect 14 types of medical conditions on chest x-ray images, and it's even able to diagnose pneumonia better than expert radiologists, according to a paper published November 14 on  Discuss
Meet the Roadies winners of RSNA 2017
November 16, 2017 -- The annual RSNA meeting in Chicago is a massive event, with hundreds of scientific sessions, refresher courses, posters, and other important content. The sheer size of the conference makes it a challenge to navigate -- that's why we're offering the Roadies, a list of the sessions that received the most views in our Road to RSNA preview.  Discuss
Deep learning shows promise for bone age assessment
November 16, 2017 -- A deep-learning convolutional neural network algorithm can estimate skeletal maturity on pediatric hand radiographs as accurately as expert radiologists -- and nearly as accurately as a commercial computer-aided diagnosis software application, according to research published online in Radiology.  Discuss
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 50: Ready by 6
November 16, 2017 -- When it comes to medical specialties, radiology has its share of drawbacks. But there are times when it can't be beat, as Andy discovers in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend.  Discuss
GBCA study contradicts past gadolinium retention results
November 15, 2017 -- In results they described as "unexpected" and "controversial," Norwegian researchers found levels of residual signal enhancement in the brains of 17 patients who were given a macrocyclic gadolinium-based contrast agent (GBCA), with the highest levels found in two patients who received the most doses, according to a paper in the November issue of Radiology.  Discuss
Steps to safer sedation during interventional radiology
November 15, 2017 -- The use of interventional radiology procedures is growing as an alternative to more invasive and costly open surgical procedures. But these procedures are also becoming increasingly complex, especially those that require procedural sedation and anesthesia. Members of the Association for Radiologic and Imaging Nursing offer some tips in this column.  Discuss
Nodule count on CT not linked to lung cancer risk
November 14, 2017 -- Does a higher number of lung nodules detected on baseline CT screens indicate an increased risk of cancer? Researchers with the Dutch-Belgian Randomized Lung Cancer Screening trial refute this notion in a study published in the November issue of Lung Cancer.  Discuss
MICI Q4: Political concerns don't roil admins' outlook
November 14, 2017 -- Radiology administrators appear to have put aside previously stated concerns about political turmoil in Washington, DC. Administrator sentiment remained stable for the fourth quarter of 2017, according to the latest figures from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI).  Discuss
US elastography for liver evaluation: Worth the cost?
November 13, 2017 -- Ultrasound elastography is a relatively new technology that can noninvasively assess liver stiffness, a key component when evaluating the severity of liver fibrosis. But because insurer coverage tends to be variable, it's not in mainstream clinical use, according to a study in the November issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
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