New board taps growing demand for MRI safety January 28, 2015 -- The rising number of MRI accidents is fueling a growing interest in better safety procedures in MRI suites. Two MRI safety advocates are tapping that sentiment by forming a new board to create standardized testing and certification framework for radiology professionals who work with MRI scanners.
Arab Health: Speaker serves smorgasbord of radiology food signs January 28, 2015 -- DUBAI - A veritable gastronomic feast was served up at this week's Total Radiology Conference at the multidisciplinary Arab Health show, when a presentation worthy of a Michelin star was delivered about food-inspired signs in radiology.
MR/ultrasound fusion biopsy shines in prostate cancer January 27, 2015 -- Prostate cancer biopsy with a targeted technique that fuses MR and ultrasound images outperformed traditional extended-sextant ultrasound-guided biopsy, identifying more high-risk cancers and fewer low-risk malignancies, according to research published in the January 27 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Adding MBI to mammography finds more cancers in dense tissue January 27, 2015 -- Adding molecular breast imaging (MBI) to conventional mammography finds more cancers in women with dense breast tissue -- and at acceptable radiation doses for screening, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Bundling of radiology codes into surgical codes continues January 27, 2015 -- Not surprisingly, many of the 2015 changes to CPT codes made by the American Medical Association include the bundling of codes for imaging guidance -- as well as radiological supervision and interpretation -- into surgical codes, Jeff Majchrzak of Panacea Healthcare Solutions explains in a new article.
Arab Health: 7T clinical MR units could soon become reality January 27, 2015 -- DUBAI - At least one large company is very interested in developing a 7-tesla MRI system for use in large university hospitals in the near future, a leading European expert said during a keynote lecture at Arab Health.
Experts discount JAMA study urging discharge of chest pain patients January 26, 2015 -- Low-risk chest pain patients should be sent home without imaging, concludes a new study in JAMA Internal Medicine. But several experts are disputing the study's main finding that treadmill stress tests, as well as CT and other imaging tests, have no value in preventing heart attacks in low-risk individuals.
Arab Health: Why CT really can rule supreme in coronaries January 26, 2015 -- DUBAI - CT is now the gold standard for ruling out coronary artery stenoses and coronary anomalies. It can also be useful for coronary artery bypass graft and electrophysiology studies, as well as investigations of pulmonary veins, delegates learned on the opening day of Arab Health.
Primary care docs say imaging improves patient care January 26, 2015 -- Despite the thrashing that medical imaging has taken over the past 10 years, primary care providers still say that imaging improves clinical decision-making and patient care, according to a new study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
How to recognize the impaired radiologist -- and what to do January 23, 2015 -- Radiologists can be affected by the same illnesses as anyone else, from substance abuse to chronic infectious diseases such as HIV, hepatitis, and tuberculosis. And just like anyone else, these illnesses can negatively affect their work, according to a paper published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Health information exchange cuts repeat imaging studies January 23, 2015 -- While image sharing via health information exchange systems has yet to achieve widespread adoption, the experience of the Rochester Regional Health Information Organization in New York shows that it can be worth the effort, yielding quantifiable reductions in repeat imaging studies.
MICI Q1: Positive trends grow as radiology sentiment improves January 22, 2015 -- Radiology administrators in the U.S. continue to show a more positive outlook on their future business prospects, if the latest numbers in the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI) are any indication. New first-quarter 2015 MICI numbers show improvement in nearly all categories.
Book excerpt: Reference Manual for MR Safety, Implants, and Devices January 22, 2015 -- The 2015 edition of the Reference Manual for Magnetic Resonance Safety, Implants, and Devices by Frank Shellock, PhD, has been published, offering updated guidance on MRI safety for radiologists, MRI technologists, and facility managers. In the following excerpt, the use of a ferromagnetic detection system in the MRI suite is explained.
Intraoperative CT fine-tunes maxillofacial surgery January 21, 2015 -- Maxillofacial surgeons who used CT intraoperatively on their trauma patients found that imaging and review can be performed quickly, perfecting the trauma surgeon's work while there's still time to make revisions, according to an article published this month in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.