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
Study casts fresh doubt on chest x-ray proficiency
October 3, 2017 -- New research has raised serious concerns about the accuracy of chest x-ray interpretations in acute care by nonradiologists. To avoid harm to patients, the Iranian authors emphasize the urgent need for better worldwide training in this area.  Discuss
Rad-Aid and the search for meaning in retirement
October 2, 2017 -- What do airships, 747s, William Shatner, radiology, and giving back have in common? Semiretired radiologist Dr. Sam Friedman explains how these things are all connected -- and how he found meaning as he transitions away from the daily grind as a radiologist -- in this new column.  Discuss
Straight Talk From the PACSman: Hurricane PACS
October 2, 2017 -- If you've ever been through a real hurricane, you realize that preparation is key. Writing from central Florida, PACS consultant Michael J. Cannavo has had plenty of time to reflect on this fact, coming to the realization that PACS and hurricanes aren't so different after all.  Discuss
Implantable cardiac devices OK for MRI scans
October 2, 2017 -- Patients with implantable electronic cardiac devices need not worry about their MRI scan, even for chest imaging, according to a study published online September 28 in the Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology.  Discuss
Medical societies celebrate ultrasound awareness
October 2, 2017 -- Several medical societies are celebrating Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month to highlight awareness of the role sonographers play in the medical community and educate the public about medical ultrasound and its many uses.  Discuss