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.
Standards are emerging for use of color in medical imaging July 31, 2015 -- For decades, the world of medical imaging has been visualized in shades of gray. But as color is becoming more common, challenges are emerging that mirror those solved years ago in grayscale imaging, namely regarding the use of standards to define the consistency of color images shown on different medical displays. Fortunately, help is on the way.
PET/CT tumor volume best predicts breast cancer survival July 30, 2015 -- Whole-body metabolic tumor volume, as determined by FDG-PET/CT before treatment, is a reliable prognosticator of overall survival in patients who have invasive ductal carcinoma of the breast and distant metastases at the time of their initial diagnosis, according to a study published online July 23 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Mobile App Spotlight: Diagnostic Imaging Pathways July 30, 2015 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the next article in an ongoing series highlighting notable mobile apps in radiology. In this installment, we take a look at the Diagnostic Imaging Pathways (DIP) iOS app, which provides mobile access to the DIP online imaging decision-support and educational tool developed in Australia.
Sports-related head injuries spur avalanche of CT scans July 30, 2015 -- Emergency department admissions for sports-related head injuries have skyrocketed in recent years -- and so have unnecessary CT scans to evaluate them, according to a new report in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.
DBT boosts mammo's specificity, lowers recall rate July 29, 2015 -- Adding digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) to conventional mammography boosted the specificity of breast screening and cut the recall of women with benign lesions by more than half, according to a new study published in Radiology. DBT plus mammography also showed sensitivity gains in some groups of women.
CMS forecasts 'modest' growth in healthcare spending July 29, 2015 -- The U.S. will see a "modest" increase in healthcare spending through 2024, but the projected 5.8% annual rate of growth is much lower than the rapid pace seen prior to 2008, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).