RADIOLOGY NEWS
Inappropriate SPECT MPI scans more common in women
April 28, 2016 -- Women are more likely than men to have an inappropriate SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) scan, partly due to atypical symptoms, which may overestimate the true health risk to the female patient.
Augmented reality cuts fluoro dose in needle guidance
April 28, 2016 -- Ohio researchers used a prototype augmented reality system to overlay fluoroscopy images with a virtual needle for guided placement during interventional procedures, cutting dose significantly compared to conventional fluoro guidance, according to an article in Radiology.
Decision support cuts CT use for pediatric appendicitis
April 27, 2016 -- Clinical decision-support software can help sharply reduce the number of CT studies performed in children to evaluate them for possible appendicitis -- without negatively affecting patient care, according to research published in the May issue of Pediatrics.
How clear are breast density notification letters?
April 27, 2016 -- Are breast density notification letters understandable to the women who receive them? Not so much, according to a study published April 26 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers found that the readability and understandability of these letters did not match average state literacy levels.
Rewriting history: CT diagnoses ancient cold case
April 27, 2016 -- Egyptologist Dr. Zahi Hawass and Cairo University radiologist Dr. Sahar Saleem have written a new book called Scanning the Pharaohs: CT Imaging of the New Kingdom Royal Mummies. We look at the key findings and the new revelations about an ancient culture.
DBT plus mammo finds more cancers -- dense tissue or not
April 26, 2016 -- Studies suggest that digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) not only improves cancer detection rates, it also decreases recall rates, especially in women with dense breast tissue. But it's also beneficial for women who don't have dense tissue, according to research published in the April 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Can the reading room go from sedentary to svelte?
April 26, 2016 -- Stand up. Stroll. Fidget. These actions might seem small, but even minor steps can help radiologists counter the major health risks from so many hours spent sitting in front of screens. And it can be done without sabotaging performance, according to a recent article in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
SPECT finds low cerebral blood flow in NFL players
April 26, 2016 -- SPECT imaging shows abnormally low blood flow in the brains of current and retired National Football League (NFL) players, according to a new study to be published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.
RBMA to consolidate annual meetings in 2017
April 25, 2016 -- Less is more for the Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA), which plans to consolidate its two yearly meetings into one annual event -- called RBMA Paradigm -- starting in 2017.
Rads must use YouTube to spread accurate radiation info
April 25, 2016 -- More and more patients are turning to social media outlets like YouTube to find health information, especially about topics such as the radiation dose risk from CT. But this information may not be accurate, according to a presentation given at the American Roentgen Ray Society meeting in Los Angeles.
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