DTI-MRI sheds light on concussion symptoms June 16, 2015 -- Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center have uncovered distinct injury patterns in the brain using diffusion-tensor MRI (DTI-MRI) in people with concussion-related depression or anxiety. Results of the new study were published online June 16 in Radiology.
Practice of Ultrasound: Part 23 -- Ultramobilizing ultrasound June 15, 2015 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the 23rd in a series of columns on the practice of ultrasound from Dr. Jason Birnholz, one of the pioneers of the modality. In this article, Dr. Birnholz reviews ultraportable ultrasound options, including new, upgraded, or replacement equipment.
Sorry, rads: Patients want results from referring docs June 12, 2015 -- Radiology leaders have been urging their colleagues to come out of the reading room and deal more directly with patients. But it turns out that when it comes to getting the results of their imaging exams, patients want to hear from the doctor who ordered the study, according to research in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Are you a competitor, a valued partner, or invisible? June 12, 2015 -- Healthcare as an industry is under pressure. In this new paradigm, independent radiology practices need to understand how their hospital and health system partners really view them in order to remain viable. Executives at the recent Radiology Business Management Association summit see three types: competitors, valued partners, and those who are invisible.
USPSTF ponders addition of new heart risk factors June 12, 2015 -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has drafted a research plan for assessing cardiovascular disease risk, and it is accepting public comments on the idea of adding nontraditional measures such as coronary artery calcium into standard cardiovascular risk factor assessment for asymptomatic individuals.
MDCT: In CT lung cancer screening, don't forget the heart June 11, 2015 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Radiologists who screen smokers for lung cancer with CT should remember to look at the heart as an important predictor of mortality in its own right, according to a Tuesday talk at the International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT (MDCT).
Annals: Few differences in CCTA vs. SPECT MPI June 11, 2015 -- A study comparing coronary CT angiography (CCTA) with SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) in chest pain patients found that CT's radiation dose was lower and that it yielded fewer unpleasant experiences among patients, according to results published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Radiologist decision support may cut unnecessary studies June 11, 2015 -- So far, clinical decision support has been promoted as a tool for referring physicians, but what if it's used by radiologists? A decision-support tool that's readily available for radiologists when reading medical images can help them order more-appropriate follow-up exams, according to researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center.
MDCT: Is Uber in radiology's future? June 10, 2015 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Is the ride-sharing service Uber a viable model for radiology to emulate as it seeks ways to evolve with the changing healthcare environment? What exactly is patient-centered radiology -- and why is it important? Presenters at the annual International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT (MDCT) addressed these questions and more in a lively Tuesday session.
MDCT: 6 steps to better CT hanging protocols June 10, 2015 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Are you still reading CT images off your PACS without hanging protocols? If so, that's like going through your email inbox without a spam filter, according to Dr. Jeffrey Mendel, who offered six tips for designing time-saving hanging protocols in a talk at the 2015 International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT (MDCT).