ACR 2016: Repeat head CT not always overutilization
May 16, 2016 -- Ordering a second head CT for some patients after the first one turns out to be negative is the smart choice, concludes a study presented on May 16 at the American College of Radiology meeting (ACR 2016) in Washington, DC. But which patients?
ATS 2016: CT lung cancer screening sharpens its tools
May 13, 2016 -- SAN FRANCISCO - A little over a year after Medicare payments were approved for CT lung cancer screening, practices are finding the support they need to do it properly, according to a May 13 talk by Dr. Ella Kazerooni at the American Thoracic Society annual meeting (ATS 2016).
Abnormal knee MRI predicts future cartilage defects
May 13, 2016 -- Abnormalities detected on MRI scans of knee cartilage can be a reliable predictor of future defects due to osteoarthritis and could signal the risk of cartilage degeneration, according to a study published online May 2 in Radiology.
Brain MRI reveals how AA prayers work
May 13, 2016 -- An MRI study from NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City claims to offer the first scientific evidence that Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) prayers may actually reduce the desire of alcoholics to drink.
MR shows more body fat in babies with diabetic mothers
May 12, 2016 -- MRI scans show that babies born to mothers with gestational diabetes have more body fat at 2 months of age than those born to healthy women, according to a new study from the U.K. published May 12 in Diabetes Care.
Can automated breast ultrasound handle screening?
May 12, 2016 -- Even if it may detect slightly fewer noncystic lesions than handheld ultrasound performed by radiologists, automated breast ultrasound can still serve as an effective supplemental breast cancer screening tool in women with dense breasts, according to a multi-institutional research team.
PET agent highlights tau's link to Alzheimer's disease
May 12, 2016 -- With the help of a new PET imaging agent, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have shown how tau protein deposits in the brain are better indicators of a person's likely progression to Alzheimer's disease than beta amyloid, according to a study published May 11 in Science Translational Medicine.
High-risk patients not getting timely follow-up CT scans
May 11, 2016 -- Almost half of patients at high risk for lung cancer didn't get timely follow-up after chest CT found potential problems that radiologists flagged on their scans, concludes a new study in the May edition of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
'Virtual heart' can guide who should get ICD implants
May 11, 2016 -- A software-based "virtual heart" created with data from cardiac MRI scans could be a better tool for predicting which patients should receive implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs).
What's the sweet spot for batch reading mammograms?
May 10, 2016 -- What's the right number of cases to interpret when batch reading mammography studies? Too few can affect productivity, while too many can risk burning out your radiologists. Fortunately, researchers provide some guidance in a new study published in the May 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.