Teleultrasound is beneficial for assessing fetal health
November 8, 2017 -- An anatomic survey of the fetus is a critical aspect of prenatal care; however, not all communities have access to ultrasound specialists. One solution is teleultrasound, which shows promise for assessing fetal health in rural or underserved areas, according to a study published in the November issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.  Discuss
Brain MRI shows long-term adverse effects of West Nile virus
November 7, 2017 -- MR images of people who develop neurological complications from West Nile virus show that many of these patients experience brain damage years after the original infection, according to a new study presented on Tuesday at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene annual meeting.  Discuss
New solid nodules may increase lung cancer risk
November 7, 2017 -- Lung nodules found on follow-up CT lung screening rounds could be more dangerous than those found on baseline exams, according to a new analysis of data from the National Lung Screening Trial. The findings are published in the November issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Machine learning helps predict exam wait times, delays
November 6, 2017 -- Accurately predicting how long patients may have to wait for their imaging exams is key for both practice management and patient satisfaction. Machine learning may be able to help, according to a study published online October 24 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Mixed results for radiology in final 2018 Hospital OPPS
November 6, 2017 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released its final rule for the 2018 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System -- and there's both good and bad news for radiology.  Discuss
No radiology cuts in final 2018 MPFS; CDS pushed back
November 3, 2017 -- On November 2, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule for the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) -- and in an unusual twist, there are no cuts to radiology. CMS will also push back the date for starting clinical decision support (CDS) another year, to January 2020.  Discuss
Norris lawsuit puts personal face on gadolinium debate
November 3, 2017 -- The controversy over retained gadolinium from MRI just got personal. The lawsuit filed November 1 by action film star Chuck Norris and his wife Gena against 11 firms linked to the manufacture and distribution of gadolinium MRI contrast puts a public face on the issue and could influence the debate over how these agents should be regulated.  Discuss
Can deep learning prevent unnecessary thyroid biopsies?
November 2, 2017 -- Approximately 90% of biopsies performed on thyroid nodules have benign findings. Deep learning may help many of these patients avoid unnecessary procedures, according to a research team from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and Arizona State University.  Discuss
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 49: Where's your Flossie?
November 2, 2017 -- Every hospital has one -- the old-school doctor who refuses to change with the times. Andy encounters this firsthand in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend.  Discuss
Action star Chuck Norris, wife file gadolinium MRI lawsuit
November 1, 2017 -- Action film star Chuck Norris and his wife Gena have filed a lawsuit against 11 companies involved in the manufacture and distribution of MRI gadolinium-based contrast agents, alleging that their products are responsible for Gena's severe health problems. The litigation ensures that the gadolinium controversy will remain in the public eye.  Discuss
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