Lancet: Angiography busts theory of venous link to MS
October 8, 2013 -- Countering prior findings that cerebrospinal venous narrowing and multiple sclerosis (MS) go hand in hand, a study incorporating both x-ray venography and ultrasound found that venous narrowing is unrelated to MS. The new results were published online October 9 in Lancet.
JACR: Jobs are out there, but they may not be perfect
October 8, 2013 -- First, the good news: There are available jobs for the 1,200 or so U.S. radiology residents finishing their training. Now the bad news: These jobs may not be the first choice of many residents, according to a study published in the October issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Regional variation in imaging not best gauge for policy-making
October 7, 2013 -- Curbing geographic variation in imaging use and costs has been a major target of policy efforts in recent years. But it's unclear whether focusing on these factors is the best way to rein in Medicare spending, according to a new study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Use of screening mammography dropped in Vt. after USPSTF
October 4, 2013 -- After years of increasing screening mammography use in Vermont, there was a decline that coincided with the 2009 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations, according to a new study published online in Radiology. And the same trend may have occurred in other states.
Mobile image viewer helps clinicians access images faster
October 3, 2013 -- Clinicians can access medical images much faster using mobile image-viewing software on Apple iPads without sacrificing diagnostic confidence or ease of use, compared with the use of traditional desktop-based software, according to researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ.
Preoperative MRI may clarify use of radical trachelectomy
October 3, 2013 -- By measuring the distance between a tumor and a woman's internal os at MRI before surgical removal of the uterine cervix, or trachelectomy, physicians may be able to identify high-risk patients who should instead undergo a radical hysterectomy, according to a study published in the October Radiology.
Don't forget technologists when adopting PACS
October 2, 2013 -- Radiologists and referring physicians are obviously crucial constituents for PACS. But radiologic technologists have their own needs and perceptions that should be accommodated to ensure success when implementing PACS, according to a team of Taiwanese researchers.
ICER: Evidence of beta-amyloid PET's efficacy still lacking
October 1, 2013 -- A review of clinical studies on the efficacy of beta-amyloid PET for Alzheimer's disease has led the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) to conclude that evidence supporting the scans is still lacking, according to an article published online September 30 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Radiologists: Reach out to your referring physicians
October 1, 2013 -- Referring physicians asked to rate the usefulness of a set of sample radiology reports gave them relatively high marks, according to a new study published in the October American Journal of Roentgenology. But the referring physicians added that they would like to hear from radiologists more often about important findings.
Ferromagnetic detection could boost safety in MRI suite
September 30, 2013 -- A ferromagnetic detection system ferreted out many kinds of metallic devices and objects that could typically be introduced into an MRI suite, according to a study in the October issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology. Such a system could help prevent implant-related accidents, the authors concluded.
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