Guidelines matter for breast screening referrals August 19, 2016 -- It seems like almost every medical specialty has its own guidelines for when women should be screened for breast cancer. But are primary care doctors actually paying attention when they refer patients for screening? Yes, according to a study published online August 9 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Advanced visualization tool assesses lung disease August 19, 2016 -- An Australian start-up firm called 4Dx has developed a new technique that combines fluoroscopy and advanced visualization to generate high-resolution images of lung-tissue motion and airflow. The firm hopes the technology will enable researchers to view and measure abnormal function in lung regions at the earliest clinical stages of disease.
How soon will deep learning affect radiology? August 18, 2016 -- For radiologists concerned about the arrival of deep learning, the future might be here sooner than you think. Deep-learning algorithms could begin producing radiology reports for basic studies like mammography and chest x-rays in as soon as five years, and for most types of imaging studies over the next 20 years.
Is MRI accurate for assessing the age of teen athletes? August 18, 2016 -- A policy by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) of using MRI to verify the ages of young soccer players perhaps should get the boot, figuratively speaking, based on a number of clinical studies and radiology and orthopedic specialists.
Study finds gadolinium hot spots, but no clinical effects August 17, 2016 -- Patients who received more than 35 injections of gadolinium-based contrast agents had higher levels of signal intensity on unenhanced MR images of the brain, according to a new study published online August 11 in Radiology. But researchers weren't able to find any adverse clinical effects in the individuals.
Creating digital and printed resources from medical images August 17, 2016 -- Physical models of human anatomy created with 3D printing are finding a wide variety of uses, from medical education to surgical planning to forensic medicine. But what's the best way to get started with 3D printing -- without breaking the bank?
Female physicians still paid less than male colleagues August 16, 2016 -- Female doctors earn less than their male peers -- and it's time to stop using the same old theories to explain why, according to a study published online August 15 in the Postgraduate Medical Journal.
How low can CT radiation dose go for lung screening? August 15, 2016 -- We're making progress in the race to reduce radiation dose for CT lung cancer screening to ever-lower levels. But as dose drops, image noise grows. Fortunately, researchers are refining image processing techniques that can improve image quality while driving CT dose down to the level of a chest x-ray.
How to avoid radiology claim denials: Authorization August 15, 2016 -- In part 3 of a series on why radiology claims are denied, Sandy Coffta of Healthcare Administrative Partners addresses authorization and its role in denied claims for imaging procedures. Taking care of procedure authorization upfront can help prevent headaches down the road, she advises.
MRI scanners running nonstop at Olympic polyclinic August 12, 2016 -- The Olympic polyclinic inside Rio de Janeiro's Olympic Village -- and especially the imaging suite -- has become wildly popular with athletes and their entourages during the 2016 games, according to an August 11 story in USA Today.