PiB-PET shows link between arterial stiffness and beta amyloid
April 1, 2014 -- PET scans with Pittsburgh Compound B (PiB) showed a dramatic increase in brain beta-amyloid deposits in older adults with no signs of dementia, and there was also a strong association between arterial stiffness and beta amyloid, according to a study published online March 31 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
AIUM: Collaboration drives musculoskeletal ultrasound
April 1, 2014 -- LAS VEGAS - Musculoskeletal ultrasound has had a turbulent history, with periods of overutilization and turf battles that continue to this day. But the modality continues to flourish thanks to collaboration, according to a presentation at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) annual meeting.
NLST data show lung cancer screening is ready
April 1, 2014 -- Myriad details remain to be ironed out, but the massive National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) has all the evidence it needs to recommend CT lung cancer screening for long-term smokers, according to a presentation by principal NLST investigator Dr. Denise Aberle at ECR 2014.
AIUM: Ultrasound helps U.S. Olympic athletes get back into action
March 31, 2014 -- LAS VEGAS - U.S. short-track speed skater J.R. Celski seemed unlikely to compete at the 2010 Winter Games five months after his skate sliced into his thigh after a fall in a race. Thanks in part to ultrasound, however, Celski made it to Vancouver and won two bronze medals, according to a talk at this week's American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) meeting.
SIR study eyes whether radiation causes cataracts
March 31, 2014 -- Are interventional radiologists more prone to cataracts due to medical radiation? The question was investigated at last week's Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) conference by an eye specialist who spent the meeting peering into the eyes of attendees, looking for early signs of eye disease.
The time is now for deconstructed PACS
March 31, 2014 -- Is it time to rethink our perception of PACS? In this article, imaging informatics executive Brad Levin discusses how traditional PACS seems to have outlived its usefulness, and it should be replaced by a notion of deconstructed PACS in which technologies once seen as components now offer key functionality to radiologists.
Cardiac MRI useful in selecting patients for liver transplants
March 28, 2014 -- Cardiac MRI is an accurate technique for evaluating changes in the myocardium of patients with end-stage liver disease, particularly those who have been infected with hepatitis C, according to a new Egyptian study presented at ECR 2014.
Nuclear medicine residents see 'dismal' job market
March 27, 2014 -- The job market is not what one would call robust for would-be nuclear medicine residents, and their limitations in reading hybrid images is just one reason why, according to a new survey published in the March issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Cloud IT use requires technical, business due diligence
March 27, 2014 -- Want to implement a cloud-based health IT system? You'll need to perform thorough technical and business due diligence to ensure patient privacy and the availability and security of your data, according to a talk at the recent Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society meeting.
FDA: Radiology device recalls skyrocketed after 2010
March 27, 2014 -- The number of radiology devices recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration skyrocketed after 2010 due to concerns over patient exposure to radiation following several high-profile radiation accidents.
House introduces yet another SGR patch
March 26, 2014 -- With bipartisan efforts stalled for a permanent repeal of the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, two committees in the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced yet another patch that would avert cuts to Medicare reimbursement mandated by the SGR.
Radiology resident moonlighting: A necessary evil?
March 26, 2014 -- Nearly three-fourths of radiology residents moonlight -- that is, they take on extra work in addition to their regular duties, according to a new study published in the April issue of Academic Radiology. The practice may be understandable because the process of becoming a physician is so expensive, but is it safe for patients?
Elite Kenya radiology residents face rigorous training
March 26, 2014 -- Africa desperately needs more radiologists, but Aga Khan University in Nairobi, Kenya, has staked its claim on quality rather than quantity, according to a presentation at the 2014 Arab Health Meeting in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.