U.S. team finds favor with new PEM unit August 7, 2015 -- A positron emission mammography (PEM) unit developed in Spain offers key advantages for breast imaging, according to a Mayo Clinic team that has been testing it. The unit offers better resolution than whole-body PET, and it may prove more useful than molecular breast imaging using technetium-99m sestamibi.
IBM eyes personalized medicine in bid for Merge August 6, 2015 -- IBM is moving aggressively to expand the utility of its Watson artificial intelligence platform, inking a deal to acquire RIS/PACS and advanced visualization developer Merge Healthcare for a total of $1 billion in cash.
Virtual reality enhances interventional rad training August 6, 2015 -- By offering interventional radiology trainees what they need most -- practice -- virtual reality training may be poised to stand in for the conventional version, according to a recent talk by researchers who have developed an immersive virtual reality training environment.
Data from CTC scans improve osteoporosis screening August 6, 2015 -- Data from CT colonography (CTC) scans can be used for a comprehensive assessment of bone strength and bone mineral density, according to the results of a study in Radiology. The new technology goes beyond what's provided by dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry and could improve clinicians' ability to assess fracture risk.
MRI screening can benefit kids predisposed to cancer August 5, 2015 -- In the first study of its kind, researchers from Philadelphia are advocating the use of noncontrast whole-body MRI to screen children who are genetically predisposed to cancer. Their findings were published in the August issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Is your radiology practice ready for ICD-10? August 5, 2015 -- While the adoption of ICD-10 on October 1 will dramatically expand the number of billing codes frequently used in radiology claims, the new diagnosis coding system will affect some imaging subspecialties much more than others, according to research published July 23 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
fMRI goes to the dogs in new study of canine brains August 5, 2015 -- Have you ever wondered what your Fido is thinking when he sees another dog? Researchers from Emory University wanted to answer that question, so they used functional MRI (fMRI) to scan the brains of dogs while the animals looked at pictures of other canines as well as humans.
Flood of image data threatens to swamp radiologists August 4, 2015 -- Today's radiologist has to review 16 cross-sectional images per minute, which works out to an image every three to four seconds. That compares to just three images per minute for the average radiologist in 1999, according to a study published online in Academic Radiology. Could the data avalanche eventually compromise patient care?
Portable x-ray tops list of near-miss errors in radiology August 4, 2015 -- A new study of near-miss errors in radiology has found that portable chest radiography was the modality with by far the largest number of close calls related to either wrong-patient or wrong-dictation mistakes, according to results published in the August issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Set your breast clinic apart with risk-based resources August 3, 2015 -- How can your breast center set itself apart in an increasingly competitive environment, one that's turning from a volume-based system into a value-based one that rewards better patient care outcomes? One way is to offer women high-risk assessment resources, according to a presentation given at the recent AHRA 2015 meeting in Las Vegas.