NIH study ties soft plaque on CT to cardiac risk factors June 3, 2015 -- When it comes to arterial plaque, researchers are beginning to believe that soft, noncalcified plaques rather than arterial calcifications are the real killers. In a study published online June 2 in Radiology, U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers used CT to measure soft plaques and tie their size to risk factors for heart disease.
ISMRM 2015: MRI detects early signs of cognitive decline June 2, 2015 -- TORONTO - Using an MRI technique known as quantitative susceptibility mapping, Canadian researchers have found evidence of a biomarker that could help differentiate between normal aging and early cognitive decline, according to a study presented on Tuesday at the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) annual meeting.
Canadian group grapples with voice recognition errors June 2, 2015 -- MONTREAL - Radiology reports generated by voice recognition software do not include many serious errors that could affect patient care, but they do have an aggravating number of minor inaccuracies, according to a study presented at a joint meeting of Canadian medical societies.
Kids with concussion usually normal on CT, MRI June 2, 2015 -- Most CT and MRI scans performed on children with sports-related concussion are normal, but imaging -- and in particular MRI -- can play a role in determining whether kids are able to return to sporting activities, according to a Canadian study published online June 2 in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.
ISMRM 2015: DTI-MRI may show chemo's side effects in kids June 1, 2015 -- TORONTO - Diffusion-tensor MRI (DTI-MRI) may demonstrate the side effects of chemotherapy in kids treated for a type of glioma by showing lower levels of fractional anisotropy in white matter in the brain, according to a study presented on Monday at the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) annual meeting.
SIIM 2015: Most want photos to avoid patient ID errors June 1, 2015 -- NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - Embedding patient photos into medical images has already been shown to prevent misidentification. Now, a new survey shows that the idea has broad support, although some radiologists have concerns about the practice, according to research presented on Saturday at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) meeting.
MBI is cost-effective adjunct for imaging dense breasts June 1, 2015 -- Adding molecular breast imaging (MBI) to screening mammography in women with dense breast tissue may increase overall costs and the rate of benign biopsies, but because the combination finds more cancer, the cost per cancer detected is lower than with mammography alone, according to a study published in the June issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
SIIM 2015: Software makes radiology reports patient-friendly May 30, 2015 -- NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - Patients often struggle to comprehend their radiology reports, but software developed to annotate the reports in lay language could help, according to a Saturday presentation at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting.
SIIM 2015: VNA adoption yields workflow, cost benefits May 29, 2015 -- NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - Adopting a vendor-neutral archive (VNA) and related technologies has solved a number of important workflow challenges for a North Carolina radiology group, according to a presentation on Friday at the annual Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) meeting.
VA facility improves patient access to MRI services May 29, 2015 -- By implementing a new appointment and scheduling process and expanding imaging hours, personnel at a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center in Virginia have significantly improved patient access to MRI services, according to a study presented at the American College of Radiology's ACR 2015 meeting last week in Washington, DC.