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WhatsApp works well for pediatric ortho trauma
July 24, 2017 -- Researchers in Israel are finding new clinical uses for WhatsApp, the popular global text messaging platform. Reading images sent to smartphones via WhatsApp showed good agreement with the same images being read on a PACS workstation for pediatric orthopedic surgeons, according to a new study in Pediatric Emergency Care.
EMA confirms clampdown on linear gadolinium agents
July 21, 2017 -- It's official: After months of intense lobbying and wrangling, the use of some linear gadolinium contrast agents in MRI will be restricted, and others are to be pulled from the market, following confirmation on Friday that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has approved recommendations made on 7 July by the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee.
Pediatric patient sedation on the rise at one ACO
July 21, 2017 -- A four-year survey of more than 18,000 MRI scans within the Partners for Kids accountable care organization (ACO) showed an increasing need to anesthetize pediatric patients undergoing MRI scans, according to results published in the July issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Median salary for radiologists tops $500K
July 20, 2017 -- The median annual salary in 2017 for U.S. radiologists has topped $500,000 for the first time, according to a new survey on physician compensation by the American Medical Group Association. The growth continues a recovery in radiologist salaries that began in 2014.
fMRI, EEG may detect consciousness in TBI patients
July 20, 2017 -- Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital are using the novel approach of combining functional MRI (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG) to determine the level of consciousness in intensive care unit patients with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to a study published online July 20 in Brain.
Is Google News good for mammography?
July 19, 2017 -- Coverage in Google News about mammography screening has the potential to influence public perception of the exam and could even affect women's adherence to screening protocols, according to a study published online July 7 in Academic Radiology.
Right heart quantification awareness: Part 2
July 19, 2017 -- The right heart has jokingly been referred to as the organ's stepchild, with little attention paid to its size, function, and prognostic implications. To help with this often overlooked task, this series from CardioServ will review the proper methods to quantify the right heart for both size and function.
PET is center of attention at U.K. Alzheimer's conference
July 19, 2017 -- While PET can accurately detect or exclude Alzheimer's disease by imaging beta-amyloid plaques in the brain, the modality is underutilized in clinical care, according to research presented this week at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in London.
Gadolinium found in animal tissue regardless of GBCA type
July 18, 2017 -- Contrary to previous research, a prospective animal study has confirmed the presence of gadolinium deposits in brain tissue after the injection of both linear and macrocyclic gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs), according to results published online in Radiology.
ACR finds favorable signs in 2018 MPFS proposed rule
July 17, 2017 -- The American College of Radiology (ACR) has found several things to like in the proposed rule for the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS). The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has backed down on a threatened mammography payment cut, while giving radiology a breather on using clinical decision support.
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