#MyRadGirlfriend No. 54: Cold weather blues
January 11, 2018 -- The cold weather is already starting to get old at Children's Hospital, where Andy finds she has to cope with a deluge of weather-related injuries. And Priya's no help, in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend.  Discuss
3D-printed breast biopsy device boosts accuracy
January 10, 2018 -- Researchers from the Netherlands have developed a 3D-printed robot-guided device capable of facilitating MR-guided breast biopsy and improving the accuracy of breast cancer diagnosis. Biopsies can even be performed inside the MRI scanner.  Discuss
Multiparametric MRI can help avoid renal mass biopsies
January 10, 2018 -- Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern have discovered that radiologists using multiparametric MRI have an 80% chance of detecting clear cell carcinoma in the kidneys without the need for a confirming biopsy. In addition, the technique was successful among radiologists with varying levels of expertise.  Discuss
FDA guidance urges lower radiation dose for kids
January 10, 2018 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on January 9 issued a new guidance urging healthcare providers to use the lowest radiation dose possible when performing medical imaging exams on children.  Discuss
Both screening, treatment cut breast cancer deaths
January 9, 2018 -- Which factor -- screening or treatment -- has been behind the sharp reduction in breast cancer mortality over the past several decades? A new study published January 9 in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the answer is simple: both.  Discuss
Do more CT scans lead to more kidney surgeries?
January 9, 2018 -- The higher the number of chest or abdominal CT exams in a hospital referral region, the greater the probability that patients will undergo a renal procedure, likely due to the incidental detection of renal masses, according to a study published online December 26 in JAMA Internal Medicine.  Discuss
Doctors who order fewer CTPA scans detect more PE
January 8, 2018 -- Turns out that less really is more. Canadian researchers are reporting that doctors who order fewer CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA) scans for pulmonary embolism (PE) actually have a higher rate of successfully detecting the condition, according to a letter published online January 8 in JAMA Internal Medicine.  Discuss
Sonoelastography is effective for diagnosing golfer's elbow
January 8, 2018 -- Real-time sonoelastography is a useful tool for diagnosing medial epicondylitis, or golfer's elbow, according to research presented by a team from South Korea at the recent RSNA 2017 meeting in Chicago.
Geography, lack of specialization hinder imaging access
January 5, 2018 -- Counties that are poor and rural are less likely to have access to a radiologist who accepts Medicare patients than counties that are richer and urban. These same counties are also less likely to have access to subspecialized radiologists, according to a study published online January 2 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
MRI links function of brain networks to IQ
January 5, 2018 -- A person's intelligence could soon be confirmed with an MRI scan to assess how well connected and functional his or her neurological networks are, according to a study published in the January issue of Neuron.  Discuss
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