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Zika's rapid spread on MRI scans shocks researchers
September 13, 2016 -- Researchers using MRI to study the Zika virus in a pregnant monkey said they were "shocked" at how quickly the virus spread from the animal to its fetus. The findings could shape efforts to develop a vaccine for the disease, according to a study published online September 12 in Nature Medicine.
DICOM Grid rebrands as Ambra with eye on VNA market
September 13, 2016 -- Cloud-based software developer DICOM Grid has changed its name to Ambra Health and announced plans to grow from its roots as a provider of image exchange technology into a full-fledged participant in the burgeoning vendor-neutral archive (VNA) sector.
UAE steps up campaign on dose awareness
September 13, 2016 -- Moves to limit medical radiation exposure are intensifying in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and safety issues and education now are high on the agenda of healthcare professionals. Every effort must be made to reduce exposure and boost risk awareness, according to key participants at next month's summit in the region.
Are RTs protected enough during fluoro procedures?
September 12, 2016 -- Over the past 60 years, radiologic technologists (RTs) have tended to follow standard radiation protection protocols. But they're still at greater risk of radiation exposure and ensuing disease, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Researchers close in on radiation's cancer-causing mechanisms
September 12, 2016 -- U.K. researchers studying human cancers have identified two characteristic patterns of DNA damage caused by ionizing radiation, enabling doctors to potentially determine which tumors were caused by radiation exposure, according to a study published on September 12 in Nature Communications.
Teamwork improves safety for MRI scans of cardiac devices
September 9, 2016 -- Radiologists at Emory University are getting by with a little help from their electrophysiology friends. Together they are successfully ensuring the safety of patients with cardiac implantable electronic devices during MRI scans, according to a paper published in the September issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
SDMS takes issue with ultrasound autism study
September 9, 2016 -- The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) is expressing concern that a recent study linking first-trimester ultrasound with more severe autism symptoms may lead pregnant women to skip or delay a medically necessary examination.
JAAOS: X-ray still best for knee pain screening
September 9, 2016 -- Despite the power of MRI, x-ray is still the best tool for screening patients ages 40 years and older who have knee pain, according to a new study in the September issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
CMS offers alternatives for MACRA implementation
September 9, 2016 -- Shedding some light on its initiative to promote value-based healthcare, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that it will offer physicians four options for implementing provisions of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).
Carestream gets FDA nod for conebeam extremity CT
September 8, 2016 -- Carestream Health is preparing to begin shipments of a new conebeam CT scanner for orthopedic extremity applications after receiving clearance for the system from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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