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Gaming technology armed to reduce repeat x-rays
October 18, 2017 -- Video game technology is being used for much more than simply playing games these days. Case in point: A motion-sensing device for gaming consoles can now be used to help set x-ray exposure parameters, reducing repeat exams, according to a study published online in Pediatric Radiology.  Discuss
Marie Curie and her x-ray vehicles' contribution to WWI battlefield medicine
October 18, 2017 -- Ask people to name the most famous historical woman of science and their answer will likely be Madame Marie Curie. But in addition to her scientific accomplishments, Curie was also the driving force behind the "radiological car," a mobile x-ray van used in World War I.  Discuss
Portable gaming sensor enables 3D scans of elephantiasis
October 18, 2017 -- A portable infrared sensing device can produce rapid and accurate 3D scans of legs affected by elephantiasis, according to a study published online October 16 in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.  Discuss
MedPAC considers repeal of MIPS value program
October 17, 2017 -- At a meeting held October 5, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) considered options to repeal and replace the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), the centerpiece of the U.S. government's initiative to promote value-based healthcare.  Discuss
Breast AI algorithm could reduce unnecessary surgery by 30%
October 17, 2017 -- A machine-learning algorithm designed to distinguish high-risk breast lesions from those not likely to become cancer could reduce unnecessary surgeries by 30%, according to a new study published online October 17 in Radiology.  Discuss
Deep learning can enable quantitative MRI for arthritis
October 16, 2017 -- A deep-learning algorithm can accurately segment knee MRI scans and extract quantitative data in seconds, potentially helping radiologists to easily provide clinicians with valuable data for diagnosing, assessing, and treating osteoarthritis, according to a team from the University of California, San Francisco.  Discuss
fMRI reveals that 'magic mushrooms' reduce depression
October 13, 2017 -- U.K. researchers used functional MRI (fMRI) to determine that the psychoactive ingredient in "magic mushrooms" -- psilocybin -- decreases symptoms of depression, according to a study published online October 13 in Scientific Reports.  Discuss
AI algorithm predicts lung disease, adverse events on CT
October 13, 2017 -- Recent studies have demonstrated the power of artificial intelligence (AI) software to detect disease, but how well can it predict future adverse events? The extent to which AI can assess smokers' risk for lung disease on CT was reported in a new study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.  Discuss
Biomarker test could direct MRI use for prostate cancer
October 13, 2017 -- Dutch researchers are reporting promising results using a new urinary biomarker risk-scoring system to test for the possibility of prostate cancer. The test could be used to select which patients should be sent on for additional MRI scans or biopsy, according to a study published in the October issue of The Prostate.  Discuss
FDA clears 7-tesla MRI scanner from Siemens
October 12, 2017 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared Magnetom Terra from Siemens Healthineers, the first 7-tesla MRI scanner cleared for clinical use in the U.S.  Discuss
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