Breast shielding doesn't affect DNA damage from CT September 26, 2016 -- The use of breast shields during coronary CT angiography studies in women had no effect on the amount of DNA damage patients sustained during exams, but it did degrade image quality, according to a new study in the October issue of Radiology.
Meet the Minnies 2016 finalists September 23, 2016 -- Are you wondering who made the final cut in the Minnies, AuntMinnie.com's campaign to recognize the best and brightest in medical imaging? Our list of finalists includes 29 candidates competing in 14 categories, ranging from Most Influential Radiology Researcher to Best Radiology Mobile App.
MRI initiative will chart brain development in children September 22, 2016 -- Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Minnesota are about to embark on a groundbreaking four-year journey to track and analyze the highly dynamic evolution of a child's brain between birth and age 5 through regularly scheduled MRI scans.
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 5: Mnemonics September 22, 2016 -- What's it like dating a second-year radiology resident? Learn about the trials and tribulations of radiology relationships from another point of view with #MyRadGirlfriend, an ongoing weekly comic strip by Ryan McBeth.
Contrast US clears up indeterminate HCC cases on MRI September 22, 2016 -- Contrast-enhanced ultrasound is highly effective for characterizing tumors thought to be hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) but indeterminate on MRI, according to a presentation at the 2016 Advances in Contrast Ultrasound - Bubble Conference earlier this month in Chicago.
Hospital websites must improve mammography patient info September 21, 2016 -- More than half of U.S. hospitals with websites and breast cancer screening services offer online mammography patient education material. But is the material understandable to patients? Not as often as it should be, says a new study in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Simulation training boosts cardiac surgery skills September 21, 2016 -- Thoracic surgery residents mastered complex cardiothoracic surgery skills after participating in a surgery simulation training program, according to a pair of papers in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery that examined the effectiveness of the virtual operating theater-based course and solicited trainees' experiences.
ACOs boost use of screening mammography September 20, 2016 -- Healthcare reforms such as accountable care organizations (ACOs) appear to boost utilization rates for screening mammography -- for some demographic groups by as much as 42%. This suggests that incentive-based programs like ACOs could boost quality and cut costs, according to a new study published online September 20 in Radiology.
MR/TRUS fusion biopsy targets high-risk prostate cancer September 20, 2016 -- Targeted prostate biopsies guided by fused MR and transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) images can detect more cases of aggressive prostate cancer than traditional systematic biopsies guided by TRUS alone, according to a multicenter study published recently in Urologic Oncology: Seminars and Original Investigations.
Stars align behind new residency program in Buffalo September 19, 2016 -- It's not every day that a new radiology residency program starts up in the U.S. But the stars are aligning in western New York, where the local healthcare community is coming to together to start training future radiologists again at the University at Buffalo.