RADIOLOGY NEWS
Simple interventions reduce mammography recall rates
August 8, 2017 -- A few simple interventions can significantly reduce recall rates for both full-field digital mammography and digital breast tomosynthesis, according to a study published online July 28 in Academic Radiology. And the interventions don't add much more time to a busy practice's workload, researchers found.  Discuss
New PET tracer could work well for prostate cancer
August 7, 2017 -- A new PET radiopharmaceutical based on carbon-11-labeled sarcosine could offer an alternative to choline-11-based PET for imaging patients with prostate cancer, according to a study published in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss
AI can obviate biopsies of indolent thyroid nodules
August 7, 2017 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm can characterize thyroid nodules on ultrasound with a high degree of accuracy, potentially helping to avoid unnecessary biopsies of indolent lesions, according to research published online in the Journal of Digital Imaging.
Are older women getting appropriate mammo screening?
August 7, 2017 -- Older breast cancer survivors with a life expectancy of five years or less are continuing to receive annual surveillance mammography, according to a study published online July 27 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.  Discuss
Help wanted: Openings increase in radiology job market
August 4, 2017 -- It's a good time for a radiologist to find work. There are 14% more new jobs available for radiologists in 2017 compared with 2016, according to the sixth annual workforce survey by the American College of Radiology's Commission on Human Resources.  Discuss
PAWS program achieves sedation-free pediatric MRI scans
August 4, 2017 -- MRI can be scary for pediatric patients, but Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville, TN, has found that a little extra attention can go a long way toward easing fears. A Vanderbilt initiative called Patients Awake While Scanned (PAWS) has helped nearly all young patients to complete MRI scans without sedation.  Discuss
Radiologists can trust DBT density measurements
August 3, 2017 -- Breast density measurements calculated on full-field digital mammography and digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) are comparable -- and so are median radiation dose values for dense breasts, according to a study published in the July issue of Academic Radiology.  Discuss
Machine learning predicts pregnancies with fetal growth restriction
August 3, 2017 -- Making use of 3D MRI features, a machine-learning algorithm can accurately predict pregnancies with fetal growth restriction, potentially opening up opportunities for interventions to protect vulnerable fetuses, according to research published online in the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging.  Discuss
Right heart quantification awareness: Part 3
August 2, 2017 -- The right heart has jokingly been referred to as the organ's stepchild, with little attention paid to its size, function, and prognostic implications. To help with this often overlooked task, this series from CardioServ will review the proper methods to quantify the right heart. Part 3 focuses on the preferred volumetric measurement methods and linear measurements for calculating the size of the right atrium.  Discuss
4 steps to expand enterprise imaging beyond radiology
August 2, 2017 -- As technology evolves, more specialties across the healthcare spectrum are recognizing the value of enterprise-available medical imaging. To succeed today, IT leaders and medical imaging departments must collaborate to create enterprise image strategies that meet patient clinical needs for image sharing, writes Richie Pfeiffer from LifeImage.  Discuss
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