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Congenital heart disease detected less often in rural areas
April 28, 2015 -- Ultrasound may be doing a better job overall of diagnosing critical congenital heart disease prenatally, but that's not necessarily the case in poorer and more rural communities, according to research presented on Monday at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in San Diego.
fMRI finds women are slower to recover from concussions than men
April 28, 2015 -- A new study published online April 28 in Radiology indicates that women have a more difficult time recovering from concussions than men, based on brain activation patterns seen on functional MRI (fMRI) during working memory tasks. The results hint that more aggressive treatment could be warranted after head injuries in women.
ARRS: 6 reasons to be optimistic about radiology
April 27, 2015 -- Radiologists love to complain about the challenges they face, including declining reimbursements, a tight job market, and increased workload. But there are at least six good reasons to be optimistic about the specialty, according to a presentation at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) annual meeting in Toronto.
Motion-tracking MRI gives new insight into stroke risk
April 27, 2015 -- Using a novel motion-tracking MRI technique, researchers from Johns Hopkins University have uncovered new evidence that reduced function in the left atrium of the heart may be a sign of increased stroke risk in patients with or without atrial fibrillation.
Bedside ultrasound can diagnose acute shoulder dislocation
April 24, 2015 -- Patients presenting to the emergency department with acute shoulder pain typically receive an x-ray exam. However, ultrasound can provide equivalent performance -- often in less time and without the ionizing radiation -- for diagnosing shoulder dislocation, according to researchers from the University of California, Irvine.
ARRS: MR tractography touted as 'reliable' imaging biomarker
April 24, 2015 -- Diffusion-tensor MR tractography may be a reliable quantitative imaging biomarker for assessing prostate cancer treatment response to androgen deprivation and radiation therapy, according to a study presented at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) meeting in Toronto.
The PACSman at HIMSS 2015: Getting a buzz from buzzwords
April 23, 2015 -- The PACSman, aka Michael J. Cannavo, gives his take on this year's Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting in Chicago.
LevelCheck algorithm targets wrong-site spinal surgery
April 23, 2015 -- A new algorithm called LevelCheck -- designed to prevent wrong-site spinal surgery -- boasted near-perfect accuracy in a trial by Johns Hopkins University researchers. By matching preoperative CT scans to intraoperative radiographs, LevelCheck confirms for surgeons that they are targeting the correct vertebral level.
NEJM: PET for Hodgkin's lymphoma prevents unnecessary radiotherapy
April 23, 2015 -- A negative PET scan immediately after three cycles of chemotherapy for early-stage Hodgkin's lymphoma can identify patients with an excellent prognosis and avoid unnecessary additional radiation therapy, according to a U.K. study published on 23 April in the New England Journal of Medicine.
IHS: Hospital overcrowding spurs medical opportunities in China
April 23, 2015 -- The rapid expansion of healthcare spending in China has led to improved healthcare facilities and increased patient access. As a result, pressure on large metropolitan hospitals has intensified, and overcrowding is now increasingly common in large hospitals, according to a research brief by industry analyst Benjamin Niu of IHS.
Clinical decision support can cut inappropriate imaging
April 22, 2015 -- A meta-analysis published on Tuesday in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that clinical decision-support (CDS) software can have a positive -- if moderate -- effect on appropriate ordering of imaging studies. The researchers stopped short of recommending the use of CDS, however.
ARRS: Sharing info leads to dramatic CT dose reduction
April 22, 2015 -- TORONTO - Reducing unnecessary variation in CT radiation dose can be done fairly easily by getting radiology professionals together to share best practices, even across a healthcare system as large as the University of California's, according to a presentation at the annual American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) meeting.
A radiologist confronts her own breast cancer
April 22, 2015 -- University of Pittsburgh radiologist Dr. Wendie Berg, PhD, was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2014, after discovering that she has dense breast tissue and undergoing a breast MRI. In this article, Dr. Berg describes her personal experience and announces the launch of a new website, DenseBreast-info.org.
Radiation dose issues climb agenda in Middle East
April 22, 2015 -- New research from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, reveals how the region is targeting ever-optimized dosage in imaging and how dose awareness is becoming of greater importance within the radiological community.
Group offers details on USPSTF breast screening meta-analysis
April 22, 2015 -- Changing the frequency of breast screening from every two years to every year would detect three additional cancers in a sample population of 1,000 women ages 50 to 74, but it would generate nearly 2,000 more false positives, according to a research group that conducted a meta-analysis used by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for its draft guidance on breast screening.
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