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IBM Watson deal puts MedyMatch on the map
March 16, 2017 -- Artificial intelligence developer MedyMatch scored a major coup with the announcement of a strategic relationship on Thursday with IBM Watson Health. Under the deal, Watson users will have access to MedyMatch's decision-support application for analyzing noncontrast head CT studies.
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 30: Match Day
March 16, 2017 -- On March 17, medical students across the U.S. will find out the residency programs they have been assigned to by the National Resident Matching Program. Andy reminisces about her Match Day experience in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend.
MedPAC report on imaging volume sees glass half empty
March 15, 2017 -- Despite growth in medical imaging volume per Medicare beneficiary of only 0.5% in 2015, and a decline of 8% in volume since 2009, the latest report by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) warns that imaging could still be overused and concludes that Medicare should prioritize reimbursement for primary care over specialties like radiology.
No signal intensity for pediatric patients with macrocyclic GBCA
March 15, 2017 -- German researchers have found additional evidence that the use of a macrocyclic gadolinium-based contrast agent (GBCA) for MRI scans does not increase signal intensity in the dentate nucleus. The new findings come from a study of pediatric patients published online in Radiology.
Counseling visits help patients understand CT screening
March 15, 2017 -- Individuals who completed counseling visits prior to CT lung cancer screening exams demonstrated greater knowledge of the studies after the sessions, including a better understanding of screening's benefits and harms, according to a study published in the March edition of Chest.
Which orthopedic imaging options are the safest?
March 15, 2017 -- Pediatric orthopedic imaging patients who need surgery often receive more x-rays and CT scans than nonsurgical patients, and orthopedic surgeons should seek options to reduce radiation exposure, according to research being presented this week at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2017 annual meeting.
CTA plus stress tests help predict heart attacks
March 14, 2017 -- CT angiography (CTA) and CT stress myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) can help predict heart attacks -- and offer the benefit of being less invasive than the traditional combination of coronary angiography and SPECT MPI stress tests, according to a study published online March 14 in Radiology.
Elastography can differentiate cervical lymph nodes
March 14, 2017 -- An ultrasound shear-wave elastography technique can effectively differentiate between metastatic and nonmetastatic cervical lymph nodes, according to preliminary research published in the March issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.
Want to boost Twitter hits? Get help from colleagues
March 13, 2017 -- Looking for a way to boost hits from your facility's Twitter account? Try enlisting your colleagues in promoting your tweets. An article published March 3 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology found that web traffic went up when people promoted journal articles with their personal Twitter accounts.
Pull linear MRI contrast from market, European group says
March 10, 2017 -- In a stunning development, a European Union regulatory body on Friday recommended that four gadolinium-based contrast agents for MRI scans be pulled off the market due to concerns about gadolinium remaining in the body years after scans occur. The agents affected include some of the most widely used contrast products in medical imaging.
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