Novel PET tracer could identify bacterial infections
October 6, 2017 -- Researchers from Stanford University are reporting promising early results in the development of a novel PET radiopharmaceutical designed to identify most bacterial infections. Their findings were published in the October issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss
AI gives one-stop shopping for urinary stone evaluation
October 5, 2017 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm can accurately detect and classify urinary stones based solely on images from noncontrast single-energy CT scans, according to research presented at last week's Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine's Conference on Machine Intelligence in Medical Imaging.  Discuss
It's not too early to prepare for a MIPS audit
October 5, 2017 -- Beginning in 2019, the level of reimbursement from Medicare to many physicians will be determined in part by their performance in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). But that doesn't mean you can't start planning now for a MIPS audit, according to Maria Calamaro of Healthcare Administrative Partners.  Discuss
Imaging lands high on list of overused medical exams
October 5, 2017 -- Medical imaging exams occupied five of the top 10 spots in a literature review of studies on overused medical procedures published October 2 in JAMA Internal Medicine. The study authors recommended that additional regulation might be necessary to curb practices that increase healthcare costs and do not help patients.  Discuss
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 47: Nailing a diagnosis
October 5, 2017 -- Andy nails a diagnosis but then has to face the consequences in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend.  Discuss
MRI advances detection of Zika-related brain abnormalities
October 4, 2017 -- MRI should be combined with ultrasound to provide additional information to assess fetal brain development in pregnant women who have been exposed to or infected by the Zika virus, according to new research presented this week at the IDWeek 2017 conference in San Diego.  Discuss
Rads conflicted about additional dense breast imaging
October 4, 2017 -- Radiologists remain conflicted about breast density notification legislation, whether to recommend supplemental imaging for women with dense breast tissue, and, if so, what kind of imaging is best, according to a study published in the October edition of Academic Radiology.  Discuss
Gap narrows in black, white breast cancer death rates
October 4, 2017 -- Breast cancer death rates are converging among U.S. white and African-American women, according to an analysis published online October 3 in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.  Discuss
CT radiation dose tracking reveals global disparities
October 3, 2017 -- The growing use of radiation dose tracking software has revealed an inconvenient truth: There are substantial differences around the world in the amount of radiation dose being used for CT scans, according to a Swiss study published online in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
IBM's Watson assigns patients to MRI contrast
October 3, 2017 -- Determining which patients need contrast for musculoskeletal MRI scans can soak up a lot of time and resources. What if you could use artificial intelligence instead? Researchers found that IBM Watson could help optimize the process, according to a September 18 paper in the Journal of Digital Imaging.  Discuss
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