Saudi-Irish study highlights major differences in MRI practice
August 18, 2017 -- An investigation of quality management for abdominal and pelvic MRI scans in Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Ireland has shown that staffing issues, variable adherence to local rules and procedures, and lack of policies governing work practices contribute to major fluctuations in clinical practice.  Discuss
JAMA: PET best option to diagnose ischemic heart disease
August 17, 2017 -- A head-to-head comparison to determine the most accurate modality for diagnosing myocardial ischemia has found that PET outperforms SPECT, coronary CT angiography, and hybrid variations of the three modalities in patients with suspected coronary artery disease, according to a study published online August 16 in JAMA Cardiology.  Discuss
2D synthesized DBT screening is ready for prime time
August 17, 2017 -- Breast cancer screening with synthesized 2D digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is ready for routine clinical use, according to a study published online August 5 in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment that compared the technique with screening using full-field digital mammography (FFDM) and FFDM plus DBT.  Discuss
Utilization of MSK imaging soars over 2 decades
August 17, 2017 -- Led by a significant increase in the use of advanced imaging modalities, musculoskeletal imaging utilization in Medicare patients rose considerably over the past two decades, according to research published online August 4 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
UCSF radiologist develops augmented reality software
August 16, 2017 -- A pediatric radiologist at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) has developed an imaging augmented reality software application for use in planning liver transplants and surgery -- one that he hopes could not only reduce surgical times but also boost surgeons' confidence in their treatment plans.  Discuss
Is enterprise imaging on a slow road to mediocrity?
August 16, 2017 -- The evolution of the imaging IT market in the U.S. over the past decade has been messy. Previously clear definitions for PACS and RIS have blurred, and healthcare providers have struggled to keep up. Market research consultant Stephen Holloway of Signify Research offers his view of the road ahead.  Discuss
Can AI diagnose Alzheimer's disease early?
August 16, 2017 -- Machine-learning technology that considers clinical, imaging, proteomic, and genomic parameters shows potential for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease -- before symptoms begin to affect daily living, according to research published online August 15 in Scientific Reports.  Discuss
MRI helps save baby who accidentally ingested ketamine
August 15, 2017 -- If there is any doubt that MRI can be a fast and effective lifesaving modality, a report published online August 15 in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics offers the case of a 10-month-old baby girl who is alive today after accidentally ingesting the drug ketamine.  Discuss
MICI Q3: Administrator sentiment remains steady
August 15, 2017 -- Despite concerns expressed in previous surveys about healthcare reform's effects on their operations, sentiment among radiology administrators remained mostly steady in the third quarter of 2017, according to the latest figures from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI).  Discuss
PET links low serotonin levels to dementia
August 15, 2017 -- PET brain scans of people with mild cognitive problems show evidence of lower serotonin transporter levels, which can be an early indication of Alzheimer's disease or other dementias, according to a study published in the September issue of Neurobiology of Disease.  Discuss
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