Which orthopedic imaging options are the safest? March 15, 2017 -- Pediatric orthopedic imaging patients who need surgery often receive more x-rays and CT scans than nonsurgical patients, and orthopedic surgeons should seek options to reduce radiation exposure, according to research being presented this week at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2017 annual meeting.
CTA plus stress tests help predict heart attacks March 14, 2017 -- CT angiography (CTA) and CT stress myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) can help predict heart attacks -- and offer the benefit of being less invasive than the traditional combination of coronary angiography and SPECT MPI stress tests, according to a study published online March 14 in Radiology.
Elastography can differentiate cervical lymph nodes March 14, 2017 -- An ultrasound shear-wave elastography technique can effectively differentiate between metastatic and nonmetastatic cervical lymph nodes, according to preliminary research published in the March issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.
Want to boost Twitter hits? Get help from colleagues March 13, 2017 -- Looking for a way to boost hits from your facility's Twitter account? Try enlisting your colleagues in promoting your tweets. An article published March 3 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology found that web traffic went up when people promoted journal articles with their personal Twitter accounts.
Pull linear MRI contrast from market, European group says March 10, 2017 -- In a stunning development, a European Union regulatory body on Friday recommended that four gadolinium-based contrast agents for MRI scans be pulled off the market due to concerns about gadolinium remaining in the body years after scans occur. The agents affected include some of the most widely used contrast products in medical imaging.
Deep learning can provide first read of chest x-rays March 10, 2017 -- A computer-aided detection system developed using deep-learning technology can perform an initial review of chest x-rays, helping radiologists to prioritize interpretation of cases that are more likely to be abnormal, according to a presentation last week at ECR 2017.
3 reasons to re-evaluate your prior authorization strategy March 10, 2017 -- As government mandates and payor guidelines grow more complex, it is increasingly important to prevent claim denials by streamlining the prior authorization process so that every dollar due can be collected, explains Peter Nanos from Merge. He describes why now may be the time to switch to an automated system.
Virtual radiologist stands ready to answer questions March 9, 2017 -- How convenient would it be to have access in the palm of your hand to an on-call radiologist? Researchers hope to achieve that goal with a chatbot app that can answer questions from healthcare providers. They unveiled the app at this week's Society of Interventional Radiology 2017 annual meeting.
SIR: MRI debunks venoplasty for treating MS March 9, 2017 -- Opening up narrowed veins from the brain and spinal cord -- a procedure called venoplasty -- is not effective for treating multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a study presented on March 8 at the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) meeting in Washington, DC, by researchers from the University of British Columbia.
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 29: Diversity March 9, 2017 -- One of the great things about radiology residency programs today is their incredible diversity. Andy and Priya find commonality through their diverse backgrounds in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend.