The power and promise of 3D printing: Part 2
April 7, 2016 -- In part 2 of our series on 3D printing in healthcare, we look at the critical component of software, including automated segmentation tools and computer-aided design. We also present the lessons learned in setting up a 3D printing shop from those who did it themselves.
Researchers: Gadolinium removal drug is needed
April 7, 2016 -- A new review of the literature on gadolinium-based contrast agents for MRI scans has found a "significant gap in knowledge" on the health effects of gadolinium accumulation in tissue. Researchers are calling for new clinical studies, as well as the development of a drug that would remove retained gadolinium from the body.
Radiopharma dose varies globally for pediatric exams
April 7, 2016 -- While there are guidelines for recommended radiopharmaceutical doses for pediatric nuclear medicine patients, there is still wide variability around the world in terms of how those standards are followed, according to a new report published online March 31 in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
DBT plus FFDM boosts invasive cancer detection rates
April 6, 2016 -- A new literature review published in The Breast has confirmed that adding digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) to breast screening with full-field digital mammography (FFDM) boosts invasive cancer detection rates, and it may reduce recall and false-positive rates as well.
Large Egyptian study shows breast cancer, density link
April 6, 2016 -- A study encompassing more than 100,000 women in Egypt has confirmed that an increase in mammographic breast density -- based on the American College of Radiology classifications -- is associated with a heightened risk of breast cancer.
The power and promise of 3D printing: Part 1
April 5, 2016 -- In the first part of a two-part series, we examine the power and promise of 3D printing for medical applications. 3D printing has the potential to unlock medical image data, creating functioning blood vessels and someday even organs. But radiologists should do their homework before plunging into this exciting area.
Study: No big gender differences in nuclear MPI dose
April 5, 2016 -- Despite some geographic variability, there are no major differences in the way nuclear myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) studies are performed on men and women around the world, including the amount of radiation delivered, according to a new study published in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging.
DTI-MRI unlocks mysteries of insomnia
April 5, 2016 -- Chinese researchers using diffusion-tensor MRI (DTI-MRI) have found abnormalities in the neural white-matter tracts of patients with insomnia, according to a study published online April 5 in Radiology.
Bracco gets FDA nod for Lumason US contrast in liver
April 4, 2016 -- The long wait is over. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the first time has approved the use of an ultrasound contrast agent for radiology applications, giving the nod to Lumason from Bracco Diagnostics to be used for focal liver lesions.
SIR: Interventional radiology makes life better for patients
April 4, 2016 -- Interventional radiology has a rising profile as a viable alternative to open surgery for an expanding range of clinical applications. But as the field grows, its biggest challenge becomes getting the word out to patients in a healthcare landscape dominated by turf issues and entrenched interests.
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