High-pitch CTPA outperforms standard PE protocol
November 22, 2013 -- In patients with suspected pulmonary embolism (PE), a CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA) protocol using high-pitch dual-source electrocardiogram-synchronized helical scanning outperformed standard pulmonary CTA by almost every measure, according to an article in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Referring physicians would like multimedia radiology reports
November 22, 2013 -- Stories are always better with pictures, and that may also be true for radiology reports. A Stanford University team recently determined that reports with embedded images would be of considerable interest to referring physicians, and they may even yield improvements in patient care and outcomes.
Dinosaur vertebra fossil rises up in 3D from CT data
November 21, 2013 -- Noninvasive imaging techniques have long proved valuable for digging up the stories of fossils without damaging them. In a new study published online in Radiology, German researchers have gone a step further, making a carbon copy of a dinosaur vertebra using CT data and 3D printing.
Noncathartic CTC prep might boost screening compliance
November 21, 2013 -- The use of noncathartic bowel preparation before CT colonography (CTC) delivers good sensitivity for clinically significant polyps, and may also increase colorectal cancer screening compliance, according to a report in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
FDA warns of risks with Lexiscan, Adenoscan stress agents
November 20, 2013 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on November 20 issued a warning about a "rare but serious risk of heart attack and death" with the use of two cardiac nuclear stress test agents made by pharmaceutical developer Astellas.
House subcommittee mulls new approach to mobile app regulation
November 20, 2013 -- The debate over how best to regulate mobile medical apps reached the halls of the U.S. Congress this week as representatives sparred over a proposed bill that could strip the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of its authority to regulate many types of app software.
DTI-MRI shows brain changes in temporal lobe epilepsy patients
November 20, 2013 -- Diffusion-tensor MRI (DTI-MRI) has shown widespread, abnormal connections in the brains of patients with temporal lobe epilepsy, which could help with diagnosis and treatment, according to a new study published online November 19 in Radiology.
Breast MRI use grows, but does it benefit the right women?
November 19, 2013 -- Overall use of breast MRI has increased over the past decade, but there are concerns that the modality is overused in women who don't meet screening guidelines, while being underused in those who could benefit the most, according to two studies published online November 18 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Can social media improve communication in healthcare?
November 19, 2013 -- Social media has transformed the way many people communicate and interact. Could technologies used for social media platforms also improve communication within healthcare organizations? They just might, according to a team from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Mary's Musings: Teamwork and proper exposure for radiologists
November 18, 2013 -- The theme of the RSNA 2013 meeting is "The Power of Partnership." This has prompted Dr. Mary Morrison Saltz to ponder what the role of partnership means in an era when technology seems to have taken the human element out of much of what radiologists do. Can technology bring the human touch back?