Contrast US boosts diagnostic power of breast ultrasound October 6, 2016 -- Contrast-enhanced ultrasound can be an effective method for the differential diagnosis of benign and malignant breast lesions, offering improvements in diagnostic accuracy over conventional breast ultrasound, according to research published in the October issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.
Head CT algorithm a step toward faster stroke care October 6, 2016 -- Using automated software to interpret head CT scans could someday slash the time emergency doctors need to start clot-busting treatments in cases of suspected ischemic stroke, according to a method proposed in a SPIE Newsroom technical article.
Will machine learning turn radiologists into losers? October 5, 2016 -- Machine learning will "displace much of the work of radiologists" and other physicians who rely on interpreting digitized images, according to an opinion article published September 29 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
DBT improves lesion categorization in diagnostic setting October 5, 2016 -- Studies have shown that using digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) for breast cancer screening reduces recall rates and increases the detection of invasive cancers. But it also offers benefits in the diagnostic setting, such as helping breast imagers categorize lesions more accurately, according to a new study published in the October issue of Radiology.
Abstinence before prostate MRI offers benefits in over 60s October 5, 2016 -- Abstinence from ejaculation prior to a prostate MR examination significantly increases the volume of seminal vesicles (SVs), and thereby may well improve evaluation of SV invasion on multiparametric MRI, especially in older men, according to new research from Turkey and the U.S.
Rat study finds no brain abnormalities from GBCAs October 4, 2016 -- An evaluation of two linear gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) showed no signs of abnormalities in the brains of rats despite the presence of gadolinium. What's more, researchers found that gadolinium levels had decreased markedly 20 weeks after GBCA injection, according to results published online September 27 in Radiology.
How to prepare for radiology coding changes in 2017 October 4, 2016 -- Even though the deadline has passed for submitting comments to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on the proposed rules for the 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, it's never too late to review the changes that may occur, according to Catherine Huyghe of Panacea Healthcare Solutions.
The 3 biggest threats to radiology October 3, 2016 -- Radiology has long been an attractive field for physicians-in-training, with its generous salaries, (relatively) low rates of malpractice claims, and the consistent challenge of technological advances. But the field faces at least three threats going forward, according to an article published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Coalition: Payment for yearly breast screening threatened October 3, 2016 -- A coalition of patient groups and breast cancer experts are appealing to the U.S. Congress to protect a mandate in the Affordable Care Act that requires insurers to cover annual screening mammograms for women 40 and older.