Study finds CT use has doubled for minor injuries
January 19, 2016 -- The use of CT for minor injuries has doubled in the past decade, according to a study of more than 8.5 million California patients in the Journal of Surgical Research. The increase may indicate that it's time to redouble efforts to ensure that radiation is used appropriately.
Is testing for peripheral arterial disease overutilized?
January 19, 2016 -- Despite little growth in the prevalence of peripheral arterial disease, utilization of tests for the condition grew rapidly from 2001 to 2013. This increase may reflect overutilization and possibly the effects of self-referral among cardiologists and surgeons, according to a new study.
UAE offers open, cosmopolitan environment
January 19, 2016 -- Working in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) can be a very positive and rewarding experience, according to the international chest imaging expert Dr. Jung-Gi Im, PhD. He's been based in the region for more than a year and became an honorary member of the RSNA last month.
Security concerns lead to cancellation of ESTI 2016
January 18, 2016 -- The annual meeting of the European Society of Thoracic Imaging (ESTI), scheduled to take place in Istanbul from 26 to 28 May, has been called off due to security worries in the Turkish city.
Emphysema-related COPD on CT signals higher malignancy risk
January 18, 2016 -- Individuals who have certain types of emphysema may also be at higher risk of cancer if they have suspicious nodules found on CT lung cancer screening scans, according to new research. The findings could help researchers better determine which suspicious nodules warrant further workup.
Cardboard VR viewer helps docs see infant's heart defects
January 18, 2016 -- Florida doctors were able to plan a successful surgical procedure on an infant with severe heart defects, using cardiac CT images visualized with a virtual reality (VR) image viewer made from cardboard.
Internet search analysis offers window into patient interests
January 15, 2016 -- Patients are getting savvier about healthcare, often using social media or online searches to get information about particular exams or procedures. So what can the Internet tell us about patient interest in cancer screening, specifically imaging-based exams?
The year ahead in radiology: 9 trends to watch in 2016
January 14, 2016 -- What does the year ahead hold for radiology? From a growing reliance on big data for improved efficiency to the emergence of 3D printing as a clinical tool, medical imaging will continue to experience the constant evolution that is a hallmark of the specialty.
CMS chief's comments hint meaningful use may be on life support
January 14, 2016 -- Will 2016 see the end of the U.S. government's meaningful use program? The acting head of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) stated as much at a speech in San Francisco, in which he said the program to spur the adoption of healthcare IT was "effectively over."
Gadolinium MRI contrast not needed to evaluate pediatric tumors
January 13, 2016 -- There is no need to use gadolinium-based contrast agents with MRI scans to evaluate tumors in pediatric patients, since image quality is essentially the same with no contrast enhancement at all, according to a study published in the January issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
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