RADIOLOGY NEWS
Right heart quantification awareness: Part 5
October 11, 2017 -- The right heart has jokingly been referred to as the organ's stepchild, with little attention paid to its size, function, and prognostic implications. In this column, Judith Buckland of CardioServ reviews the proper methods to quantify the right heart for both size and function on echocardiography.  Discuss
NIH opens massive x-ray database to propel AI research
October 10, 2017 -- Optimizing artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms for medical applications demands immense stores of imaging data. Researchers may now begin sating that need thanks to an enormous database of chest x-rays recently made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Discuss
How radiologists can optimize their role in 3D printing
October 9, 2017 -- The vision of combining 3D printing and healthcare is now a reality. What can radiologists do to get started, and how can they maximize their role in the field? A panel of 3D printing experts discussed such questions and more in a September 28 webinar.  Discuss
RBMA Hill Day underscores importance of radiology advocacy
October 9, 2017 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is the single largest payor for healthcare in the U.S., and as government moves to cut costs and improve value for the public healthcare dollar, the ripple effects are felt throughout radiology. Advocating for radiology during these times of change is a job for everyone in the field, not just radiologists.  Discuss
3D-printed model helps prepare for stroke clot removal
October 6, 2017 -- A 3D-printed brain perfusion phantom can be a useful tool for interventional radiologists, neurosurgeons, and neuroradiologists to practice performing mechanical thrombectomy for interventional treatment of stroke, according to a team from the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, CT.  Discuss
Evidence mounts: Use macrocyclic GBCAs in pediatric MRI
October 6, 2017 -- Could macrocyclic gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) become the standard MRI protocol for pediatric patients? German researchers think so, after finding no measurable increase in signal intensity in key brain regions after multiple administrations in a study published in the October issue of Radiology.  Discuss
Novel PET tracer could identify bacterial infections
October 6, 2017 -- Researchers from Stanford University are reporting promising early results in the development of a novel PET radiopharmaceutical designed to identify most bacterial infections. Their findings were published in the October issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss
AI gives one-stop shopping for urinary stone evaluation
October 5, 2017 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm can accurately detect and classify urinary stones based solely on images from noncontrast single-energy CT scans, according to research presented at last week's Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine's Conference on Machine Intelligence in Medical Imaging.  Discuss
It's not too early to prepare for a MIPS audit
October 5, 2017 -- Beginning in 2019, the level of reimbursement from Medicare to many physicians will be determined in part by their performance in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). But that doesn't mean you can't start planning now for a MIPS audit, according to Maria Calamaro of Healthcare Administrative Partners.  Discuss
Imaging lands high on list of overused medical exams
October 5, 2017 -- Medical imaging exams occupied five of the top 10 spots in a literature review of studies on overused medical procedures published October 2 in JAMA Internal Medicine. The study authors recommended that additional regulation might be necessary to curb practices that increase healthcare costs and do not help patients.  Discuss
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