Timely MRI finds more brain bleeds in military TBI patients
September 15, 2015 -- The sooner a person with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) undergoes an MRI scan, the better the chances of finding microbleeds in the brain, according to a study of military personnel published online September 15 in Radiology.
Decision model cuts unnecessary wrist x-rays by 22%
September 15, 2015 -- Using a clinical decision model developed by Dutch researchers for pediatric wrist trauma could cut unnecessary emergency x-ray imaging for the condition by 22% -- thereby reducing children's radiation exposure and healthcare costs, according to a study published online in Pediatric Radiology.
Digital tomo falls short of CT for lung nodules
September 14, 2015 -- Can digital tomosynthesis occupy a middle ground between CT and conventional radiography in lung imaging? A new study published September 8 in the Journal of Digital Imaging indicates that tomo may have a tough time finding a role in the chest that's not already well-served by the other two modalities.
ICUS: Ultrasound contrast backers urge new approach
September 11, 2015 -- Some 15 years after the first ultrasound contrast agents were cleared in the U.S., the technology remains underutilized. It's now time to consider another path toward broader acceptance, according to a Thursday talk at the International Contrast Ultrasound Society (ICUS) Bubble Conference in Chicago.
UCLA group cuts unnecessary x-rays for pelvic trauma
September 11, 2015 -- A group from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) was able to slash the number of unnecessary stat portable pelvic radiography studies that were being performed in addition to CT scans for trauma patients, according to an article in the September issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Structured reporting improves quality of MRI reports
September 10, 2015 -- While some traditions should be valued and retained, the old standard free-text radiology report might not be one of them. At Brigham and Women's Hospital, a structured reporting template yielded a significant improvement in the quality of MRI reports for the crucial task of staging rectal cancer.
Optical colonoscopy misses polyps detected on CTC
September 10, 2015 -- More than 20% of polyps detected at CT colonography (CTC) may be missed at subsequent optical colonoscopy, according to a study in Radiology. What's more, most of the missed polyps were large and clinically significant.
Breast cancer on rise in low-income countries
September 10, 2015 -- Low- and middle-income countries are seeing a rise in breast cancer incidence and death rates, despite the fact that death rates have decreased in higher-income countries, where incidence rates have increased or stabilized, according to a new study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.
JAMA opinion: Unethical to pay women for mammograms
September 10, 2015 -- The practice of paying women to undergo mammography is unethical, according to an opinion piece published in the September 8 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
PET/MRI can be a boon for pediatric cancer patients
September 9, 2015 -- Young pediatric patients may benefit from FDG-PET/MRI for staging and clinically evaluating oncologic disorders, given the hybrid modality's superior soft-tissue contrast and significantly lower radiation dose, according to a study published online August 24 in Investigative Radiology.
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