UCSF radiologist develops augmented reality software
August 16, 2017 -- A pediatric radiologist at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) has developed an imaging augmented reality software application for use in planning liver transplants and surgery -- one that he hopes could not only reduce surgical times but also boost surgeons' confidence in their treatment plans.  Discuss
Is enterprise imaging on a slow road to mediocrity?
August 16, 2017 -- The evolution of the imaging IT market in the U.S. over the past decade has been messy. Previously clear definitions for PACS and RIS have blurred, and healthcare providers have struggled to keep up. Market research consultant Stephen Holloway of Signify Research offers his view of the road ahead.  Discuss
Can AI diagnose Alzheimer's disease early?
August 16, 2017 -- Machine-learning technology that considers clinical, imaging, proteomic, and genomic parameters shows potential for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease -- before symptoms begin to affect daily living, according to research published online August 15 in Scientific Reports.  Discuss
MRI helps save baby who accidentally ingested ketamine
August 15, 2017 -- If there is any doubt that MRI can be a fast and effective lifesaving modality, a report published online August 15 in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics offers the case of a 10-month-old baby girl who is alive today after accidentally ingesting the drug ketamine.  Discuss
MICI Q3: Administrator sentiment remains steady
August 15, 2017 -- Despite concerns expressed in previous surveys about healthcare reform's effects on their operations, sentiment among radiology administrators remained mostly steady in the third quarter of 2017, according to the latest figures from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI).  Discuss
PET links low serotonin levels to dementia
August 15, 2017 -- PET brain scans of people with mild cognitive problems show evidence of lower serotonin transporter levels, which can be an early indication of Alzheimer's disease or other dementias, according to a study published in the September issue of Neurobiology of Disease.  Discuss
Tips for imaging patients at rehabilitation facilities
August 14, 2017 -- Patients in rehabilitation facilities sometimes need imaging services that cannot be provided within the facility itself. Providing these services can be good business for imaging centers, but billing and collections can be challenging if you don't plan ahead. Carin Carlson of Healthcare Administrative Partners offers some guidance.  Discuss
USPSTF to take another look at AAA screening
August 11, 2017 -- Will the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) change its recommendations for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening? It's too early to tell, but the task force published a draft research plan on August 10 to share its vision for how it will reassess the benefits and harms of ultrasound screening.  Discuss
3D printing shortens hip surgery times, lowers costs
August 11, 2017 -- 3D printing can be invaluable for training surgeons and can significantly shorten hip surgery times in patients with a common adolescent hip disorder, saving thousands in surgical costs, according to researchers from the University of California, San Diego.  Discuss
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 43: Always perfect
August 10, 2017 -- After seeing the clueless new residents, Ruchi wonders if she and the other second-year residents looked just as confused their first year. She discovers that Andy has always looked perfect in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend.  Discuss
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