Canadian ob/gyns, rads target entertainment ultrasound
February 20, 2014 -- The growing use of fetal ultrasound for nonmedical purposes has prompted two Canadian medical societies to issue a statement against the scans, which have been linked to gender-specific abortion in the country.  Discuss
Radiology residents love their iPads -- most of the time
February 20, 2014 -- Is the iPad making a big difference in the lives of radiology residents who have them? For education, definitely. For clinical use, not quite yet, though the situation is evolving rapidly, according to a survey in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Why does breast US find cancers mammography doesn't?
February 20, 2014 -- Most breast cancers detected at screening ultrasound are not seen on mammograms, even in retrospect, which suggests that supplemental screening with ultrasound is beneficial for high-risk women -- especially those with dense tissue, according to a new study published in the February issue of Radiology.  Discuss
fMRI shows where musicians get improvisational skills
February 19, 2014 -- Functional MR images (fMRI) show areas of heightened activity in the brains of jazz musicians as they improvise and introduce and modify melodies in response to each other's ideas, according to new study published online February 19 in PLOS One.  Discuss
Imaging looms large on new list of low-value emergency exams
February 19, 2014 -- If one list of unnecessary medical procedures is good, then two lists should be better, right? That could be the thinking behind a new list released this week in JAMA Internal Medicine of unnecessary tests in emergency medicine that are driving up healthcare costs. And the new list takes aim specifically at medical imaging.  Discuss
Study tests safety of implantable devices with 7T MRI
February 18, 2014 -- Although the routine clinical use of 7-tesla MRI may be several years away, researchers at Vanderbilt University have begun testing implants and other items to determine how they will react when exposed to an ultrahigh-field magnet, according to a study published in the February issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Teleradiology supports local radiologists, hospitals, patients
February 18, 2014 -- Teleradiology has come under fire in recent years as a threat to local radiology groups. But teleradiology when used properly should be seen as a tool for delivering better patient care more efficiently, rather than as a competitor to local groups, according to Dr. John Feole of Strategic Imaging Consultants.  Discuss
ACC, others call for patient-centric heart imaging
February 18, 2014 -- Noninvasive cardiovascular imaging decisions must become more patient-centric and individualized, according to a statement from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) that was endorsed by 14 other medical societies.  Discuss
Saudi hospital boots old PACS for new network
February 16, 2014 -- Faced with rapid growth and an obsolete PACS, a large hospital in Saudi Arabia decided to replace its nearly 10-year-old PACS with a new network from another vendor. The job was easier said than done, but it did get done thanks to a proactive team that planned for technical glitches and human roadblocks at every turn.  Discuss
Integrated reading rooms enhance value of radiology
February 14, 2014 -- It's no secret that radiologists need to increase their visibility with referring physicians if they want to ensure the future health of their specialty. One way to do that is by integrating radiology reading rooms into clinical areas, according to researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center.  Discuss
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