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
Tips for imaging patients at rehabilitation facilities
August 14, 2017 -- Patients in rehabilitation facilities sometimes need imaging services that cannot be provided within the facility itself. Providing these services can be good business for imaging centers, but billing and collections can be challenging if you don't plan ahead. Carin Carlson of Healthcare Administrative Partners offers some guidance.  Discuss
USPSTF to take another look at AAA screening
August 11, 2017 -- Will the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) change its recommendations for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening? It's too early to tell, but the task force published a draft research plan on August 10 to share its vision for how it will reassess the benefits and harms of ultrasound screening.  Discuss
3D printing shortens hip surgery times, lowers costs
August 11, 2017 -- 3D printing can be invaluable for training surgeons and can significantly shorten hip surgery times in patients with a common adolescent hip disorder, saving thousands in surgical costs, according to researchers from the University of California, San Diego.  Discuss
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 43: Always perfect
August 10, 2017 -- After seeing the clueless new residents, Ruchi wonders if she and the other second-year residents looked just as confused their first year. She discovers that Andy has always looked perfect in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend.  Discuss
How do women fare when breast cancer is detected on US?
August 10, 2017 -- Women whose breast cancers are detected with screening ultrasound generally have good outcomes, but some do experience cancer recurrence. South Korean researchers analyzed the factors that could predict recurrence in these women in a new study in the August issue of Radiology.  Discuss
Novel near-infrared agent could benefit lung nodule surgery
August 10, 2017 -- Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are advancing lung cancer surgery by combining intraoperative molecular imaging with a novel near-infrared contrast agent and preoperative PET/CT scans to help surgeons better see and extract both obvious and hard-to-find tumors.  Discuss
ISMRM offers guidelines for gadolinium MRI contrast
August 9, 2017 -- Taking what's described as a "wait and see approach," the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) has published guidelines on the use of gadolinium-based MRI contrast agents in both clinical and research settings in an article published in the July issue of Lancet Neurology.  Discuss
CAD software aids monitoring of multiple sclerosis
August 9, 2017 -- Computer-aided detection (CAD) software can help monitor multiple sclerosis progression on MRI, bridging the skill gap between neuroradiologists and nonspecialized, untrained imaging readers, according to recent research published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
MRI reveals key brain differences in people with genetic autism
August 8, 2017 -- With the aid of MRI and machine learning, researchers have identified structural brain abnormalities that correspond with cognitive and behavioral deficiencies in people with common genetic causes of autism spectrum disorder, according to a new study published online August 8 in Radiology.  Discuss
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