Blunt abdominopelvic trauma algorithm cuts CT use in ER
September 16, 2016 -- Nearly one-third fewer patients presenting to the emergency department with blunt abdominopelvic trauma ended up getting a CT scan after a Boston hospital implemented a clinical algorithm to triage patients away from unnecessary CT exams, according to a new study published September 12 in Radiology.
Mobile App Spotlight: RADiDOC
September 16, 2016 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the next article in an ongoing series highlighting notable mobile apps in radiology. In this installment, we take a look at RADiDOC, an iOS app designed to serve as a personal radiation safety digital assistant.
Migrants: How to determine age on pelvic x-rays
September 16, 2016 -- In an attempt to assist decision-makers in the migrant crisis, Turkish researchers have redoubled their efforts to identify an accurate way of evaluating bone age using pelvic radiographs in young adults.
Imaging helps guide Hillary Clinton's medical care
September 15, 2016 -- A summary of Hillary Clinton's medical history released on September 14 includes several instances in which medical imaging was used to guide treatment of the presidential candidate.
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 4: First date
September 15, 2016 -- What's it like dating a second-year radiology resident? Learn about the trials and tribulations of radiology relationships from another point of view with #MyRadGirlfriend, an ongoing weekly comic strip by Ryan McBeth.
Echo reveals why smoking ups risk of heart failure
September 15, 2016 -- Smokers have thicker heart walls and less heart-pumping ability on echocardiography scans than individuals who don't smoke, factors that increase the risk of heart failure, according to research published September 13 in Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging.
MedPAC tells Medicare to favor payments to primary care
September 15, 2016 -- If you thought the pressure to reduce radiology reimbursement would ease with the arrival of value-based care, think again. The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) believes that Medicare should continue to emphasize payment increases to primary care, even if it means taking money from specialties such as radiology.
MQSA meeting to address image quality, breast density
September 14, 2016 -- Should U.S. mammography facilities be meeting higher standards for image quality? And should requirements on breast density be added to the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA)? These questions will be debated on September 15 in a meeting of the U.S. National Mammography Quality Assurance Advisory Committee.
CT data predict survival of prostate cancer patients
September 14, 2016 -- Patients are said to die with -- not from -- prostate cancer. In fact, more than 90% of prostate cancer patients end up dying from something else. A new study in Radiology explored how long those patients might expect to live, using data enriched by routine CT scans that prostate cancer patients undergo before treatment.
Report warns of shortages to Mo-99 supply in U.S.
September 13, 2016 -- Supplies of a key radioisotope used in nuclear cardiology scans could be disrupted next month when a Canadian nuclear reactor begins shutting down. U.S. healthcare providers could be left scrambling for new sources of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) until other suppliers are able to step in and fill the void.