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AI algorithm can classify bone lesions on PET/CT images
September 7, 2017 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm can reliably classify benign and malignant bone lesions on F-18 sodium fluoride PET/CT images, showing promise for automating a time-consuming and subjective process for nuclear medicine physicians, according to a research team from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.  Discuss
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 45: Is this the line for the nurse?
September 7, 2017 -- Ryan gets invited to an end-of-summer pool party, and he decides to bring Andy along. It's a decision they both soon regret in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend.  Discuss
French raise alarm over smoldering blanket in PET/MRI
September 6, 2017 -- French researchers are alerting radiology facilities to an incident that occurred in their PET/MRI suite: Copper fibers in a blanket used to cover a patient began to heat up, causing the blanket to smolder and nearly catch fire, according to a case study published August 31 in Radiology.  Discuss
Study measures allergic event rates for gadolinium contrast
September 6, 2017 -- A meta-analysis of gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) for MRI scans found that one linear GBCA had a lower rate of immediate allergic reactions than macrocyclic gadolinium contrast, according to results published online August 25 in Radiology.  Discuss
No need for RBMs: In-house efforts cut imaging rates
September 5, 2017 -- Radiology practices can reduce the use of inappropriate high-cost imaging exams such as CT, MRI, nuclear medicine, and PET by establishing an in-house imaging utilization management program, thus avoiding external oversight from a radiology benefits management (RBM) firm, according to a study published in the September issue of Radiology.  Discuss
6 things new dept. chairs should know about capital budgets
September 5, 2017 -- You're a newly minted department chair, and you're about to attend your first capital budget meeting, where a proposal for a new MRI scanner is on the agenda. How should you handle it? Fortunately, we have a few tips from Dr. Geoffrey Rubin from Duke University and the Radiology Leadership Institute.  Discuss
Anthem move shows how payors are 'steering' patients
September 1, 2017 -- In an effort to contain healthcare costs, insurers are resorting to "steering," or pushing patients toward a particular form of imaging service. Nowhere is that more obvious than in the move by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Indianapolis to require physicians to get permission for CT and MRI scans in hospital outpatient settings.  Discuss
Rights group says Turkish radiologist languishes in jail
September 1, 2017 -- A human rights group in Sweden has picked up the case of a Turkish radiologist who it claims has been languishing in jail for the past year on trumped-up charges that he was connected with a coup against the Turkish government in 2016.  Discuss
NYMIIS pairs with SIIM to revive informatics symposium
September 1, 2017 -- After a one-year hiatus, the New York Medical Imaging Informatics Symposium (NYMIIS) returns on September 7, this time run in partnership with the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM). The joint SIIM-NYMIIS regional meeting in New York City plans to offer attendees a plethora of imaging informatics content.  Discuss
RT educator unwraps secrets of Peruvian mummies
August 31, 2017 -- Move over Indiana Jones -- meet Julie Ostrowski, a radiologic technologist (RT) instructor from Illinois. Ostrowski recently returned from an expedition to Peru, where she helped catalog mummies as part of a project to uncover the secrets of the Chachapoya culture, which flourished in the Andes hundreds of years before the Incas.  Discuss
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