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Study finds flaws in Calif. radiation dose reporting law
April 2, 2015 -- Compliance with California's radiation dose reporting law is difficult because dose reporting processes that rely on manual data entry are unreliable -- at least in the experience of one large institution -- according to a new study in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Breast imaging providers must lead density education
April 2, 2015 -- Radiologists are uniquely suited to discuss breast density with patients and should take the lead in patient information efforts, according to Dr. Amy Thurmond of Womens Imaging & Intervention in Lake Oswego, OR. In this column, Thurmond discusses how her practice talks about density with its patients.
Long-term study confirms safety of gadolinium MRI contrast agent
April 1, 2015 -- Amid persistent concerns over the safety of gadolinium MRI contrast agents, a new study published in the April issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology reinforces the "relatively robust safety profile" of at least one MRI agent. Adverse reactions were tracked over nearly eight years and found to be "infinitesimally small."
Ultrasound should be 1st choice for female pelvic imaging
March 31, 2015 -- Female pelvic pain is often evaluated with MRI and CT, adding cost and -- in the case of CT -- radiation exposure for patients. Ultrasound is the better initial choice, according to an article published online Tuesday in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
Missing breast screening exams raises mortality risk
March 31, 2015 -- Missing mammography screening exams increases mortality among screening-age women, according to a new study published in the April issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology. Wisconsin researchers found that missing two exams doubles the risk of all-cause mortality, and risk rises with the number of missed exams.
New MRI technique detects cancer via sugar
March 30, 2015 -- Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have developed an MRI technique that homes in on sugar molecules shed by cancerous cells, potentially offering a new way to differentiate malignant from benign lesions, according to a study published online March 27 in Nature Communications.
Unlocking the imaging data paradigm: Transformation and data migration
March 30, 2015 -- Enterprise imaging transformation (EIT) enables healthcare organizations to create an optimal platform for producing quality care at a cost-effective level -- but many enterprises may not be sure how to go about it. Dave Whitney from Ascendian Healthcare Consulting offers some guidance.
Gadolinium persists in brain years after MRI scans
March 27, 2015 -- Researchers from the Mayo Clinic can't quite explain the clinical significance, but the discovery of traces of gadolinium in four areas of the brain several years after administration of MRI contrast is enough evidence to warrant further investigation as to the reasons why.
Imaging vendors have options for image processing hardware
March 27, 2015 -- When developing new imaging systems, OEMs can choose from many types of computer hardware platforms. Platform selection in turn affects the type of image processing to be used, which then influences the radiologist's work when viewing medical images. Software architects from advanced visualization developer ContextVision offer some guidance.
AGA retreats on workup for pancreatic cysts found on imaging
March 26, 2015 -- The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) has published new guidelines for managing asymptomatic neoplastic pancreatic cysts detected incidentally during CT or MRI scans. The guidelines retreat from previous advice to follow up these lesions more aggressively, according to an article published in Gastroenterology.
Public reporting does not reduce MRI scans for low back pain
March 26, 2015 -- Healthcare regulators looking to reduce overutilization of medical imaging through public reporting of unnecessary procedures may want to find a bigger stick. An analysis in Texas of public reporting of MRI scans for low back pain -- an often unnecessary procedure -- found the initiative to have little effect on procedure growth.
Does access to FFDM priors affect DBT interpretation?
March 25, 2015 -- Does having access to full-field digital mammography (FFDM) priors improve radiologists' interpretation of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) images? Both exams contribute, but not in the same manner, according to a new study published online in Radiology.
AIUM: Ultrasound bests MRI, mammo in assessing breast tumor size
March 25, 2015 -- ORLANDO, FL - Regardless of breast density, ultrasound outperformed MRI and digital mammography for preoperatively assessing breast tumor size, according to research presented on Tuesday at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) meeting.
Brain MRI spots effects of prenatal exposure to air pollutants
March 25, 2015 -- MRI has shown reduced white matter in the brains of children who were exposed to toxic air pollution while in utero. This reduction may have led to behavioral and cognitive problems in the first seven to nine years of their lives, according to an article published online March 25 in JAMA Psychiatry.
AIUM: Lung US can handle diagnosis of pediatric pneumonia
March 24, 2015 -- ORLANDO, FL - Lung ultrasound can serve as the first-line imaging modality for diagnosing pneumonia in children, avoiding chest x-rays in many cases, according to research presented on Monday at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) annual meeting.
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