GE recalls gamma cameras after fatal accident
July 9, 2013 -- In the wake of a fatal accident in which a patient was crushed by one of its gamma cameras, GE Healthcare has advised users of many of its nuclear medicine systems to stop using the products until they have been inspected by GE service engineers.
Half dose of MRI contrast feasible for rheumatoid arthritis
July 9, 2013 -- A half dose of the MRI contrast agent gadobenate dimeglumine provides just as much relevant diagnostic information as a full dose in 3-tesla imaging of patients with early rheumatoid arthritis, according to a study published in the July issue of Radiology.
Combo residency could address nuclear medicine job woes
July 9, 2013 -- A survey of nuclear medicine residents found widespread dismay about the lack of job opportunities for newly minted nuclear medicine specialists, along with a strong conviction that combining residency programs with radiology is the only way to set things right, according to an article in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Radiologists should be gatekeepers, not service providers
July 8, 2013 -- If medical imaging is as ubiquitous as water, can U.S. radiologists still expect to command the price of diamonds? No, according to Dr. Saurabh Jha, who in the New England Journal of Medicine advises radiologists to manage the decline in imaging by taking on the role of gatekeeper in restricting inappropriate utilization.
Algorithm identifies misfiled chest x-rays in PACS
July 8, 2013 -- The adoption of PACS hasn't eliminated the problem of lost x-ray films, as any healthcare facility knows. But Japanese researchers believe they've found an answer through a computer algorithm that locates misfiled chest radiographs based on unique anatomical data, which they call "biological fingerprints," found in each x-ray.
Moments in Radiology History: Part 14 -- The board exam evolves
July 5, 2013 -- From June 20 to 25, the last candidates for certification in diagnostic radiology were tested live by American Board of Radiology volunteer examiners at the Executive West Hotel in Louisville, KY. Future candidates will see a board exam that differs radically from the one to which radiology has become accustomed.
CMS again withholds endorsement of PET beta-amyloid imaging
July 3, 2013 -- For the second time this year, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has stopped short of fully endorsing PET beta-amyloid imaging for Medicare beneficiaries with dementia or neurodegenerative disease.
FLAIR pulse sequence makes MRI for headache more efficient
July 3, 2013 -- In this era of healthcare cost control, is there a better way to use MRI for patients with headache? There might be: Researchers have found a protocol that eliminates MRI sequences that are potentially unnecessary for diagnosis, according to a new study published in the July issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
JACR: Medicare imaging utilization shows steady decline
July 3, 2013 -- Utilization rates and spending for medical imaging in the Medicare program have continued a steady downward trend that began in 2003, bucking widespread assumptions that both would continue to rise, according to a report published in the July issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
H7N9 bird flu pneumonia scans show common imaging findings
July 2, 2013 -- A new bird flu strain known as influenza H7N9 appeared in China this year and quickly took a number of human victims. An article in Radiology published on Tuesday includes some of the first radiologic images of the effects of the virus, revealing typical patterns of progression and regression on CT scans and radiographs of the chest.
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