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.
Meeting customer needs in the 3D lab: Part 1 July 2, 2013 -- In this first installment of a two-part series on implementing postprocessing requirements for radiologists and clinicians in the 3D laboratory, AuntMinnie.com provides 3D technologist Laura Pierce's suggestions on how to address the needs of radiologists.
U.S. updates x-ray rules for black lung program July 2, 2013 -- The U.S. government has finalized new rules that allow images from digital radiography (DR) systems to be used for claims filed under its program for screening coal miners for black lung disease. The program's technical specifications haven't been updated since 1980, despite the rising use of DR.
Radiation risk matters in cancer screening decisions July 1, 2013 -- CT wins the cost-benefit analysis in most cancer screening tests involving the modality, but the risks of ionizing radiation aren't negligible and should continue to be scrutinized as a factor in screening decisions, according to an article in the July edition of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
NaF-PET/CT beats scintigraphy, SPECT/CT for bone metastases July 1, 2013 -- Sodium fluoride (NaF) PET/CT provides greater sensitivity and specificity for the detection of bone metastases than planar bone scintigraphy and SPECT/CT, according to a new pilot study from Copenhagen University Hospital.