iPads for radiology residents? Yes. Yes. Yes.
September 27, 2013 -- Should you equip your radiology residents with iPads? The answer is an unequivocal yes, according to a group from Boston, who found there were multiple benefits to using iPads and other mobile devices. However, residency programs should have a long-term vision for mobile-based education, they wrote in the October American Journal of Roentgenology.
FDA guidance on mobile apps offers clarity to developers
September 26, 2013 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's release on Monday of its long-awaited final guidance on mobile medical applications was designed to address market confusion over its policy for regulating these apps. While some questions remain, the guidance offers app developers a path forward in determining how to secure regulatory clearance for their products.
Appalachian women have higher rates of late-stage breast cancer
September 26, 2013 -- Older women living in the poorest areas of Appalachia fail to get regular breast cancer screening and have a higher incidence of late-stage breast cancer, according to a new study published in the journal Health Services Research.
MRI software opens views to blood-flow issues, stroke potential
September 25, 2013 -- When patients experience blood-vessel blockage that could lead to a stroke, correcting the condition as soon as possible can be critical. Vascular analysis technology firm VasSol believes its software, designed to quantify blood flow through any vessel in the body, can help with this and other conditions.
MR elastography detects liver disease in obese children
September 25, 2013 -- MR elastography can help physicians accurately detect fibrosis in obese children with chronic liver disease, according to a study published online September 23 in the Journal of Pediatrics.
Mary's Musings: Do radiologists have x-ray vision?
September 24, 2013 -- If you might have cancer, you want a radiologist looking for the disease. But what if you've lost your cellphone? Do radiologists have unique powers of perception that carry over into the nonmedical world? Dr. Mary Morrison Saltz explores this tantalizing question in this installment of Mary's Musings.
Pilot study finds rads dissatisified with PACS software
September 24, 2013 -- PACS is nearly ubiquitous these days. Unfortunately, that also appears true for the inefficiency of PACS workstation software, according to a pilot study from the American College of Radiology's Image Metrix imaging contract research organization that found that the radiologists it surveyed were dissatisifed with PACS software.
FDA mobile medical apps guidance includes radiology apps
September 23, 2013 -- More than two years after it issued a draft proposal, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday released its final guidance on the regulation of mobile medical applications for developers. Radiology-oriented apps figure prominently in the examples of mobile apps the agency said it intends to regulate.
Outcomes rule in overhaul of resident training programs
September 23, 2013 -- A new era in residency training has begun. In July, diagnostic radiology became one of the first medical specialties to implement the Next Accreditation System, an outcomes-based educational system that by 2014 will cover all medical accreditation programs.
Book review: X-Ray Vision: The Evolution of Medical Imaging
September 23, 2013 -- In this book review, Dr. Saurabh Jha offers his perspective on X-Ray Vision: The Evolution of Medical Imaging and its Human Significance, by Dr. Richard Gunderman, PhD. Jha finds the book to be a welcome tonic for a specialty in the midst of an identity crisis and a refreshing reminder of why radiology still matters.
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