Radiologists can trust DBT density measurements
August 3, 2017 -- Breast density measurements calculated on full-field digital mammography and digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) are comparable -- and so are median radiation dose values for dense breasts, according to a study published in the July issue of Academic Radiology.  Discuss
Machine learning predicts pregnancies with fetal growth restriction
August 3, 2017 -- Making use of 3D MRI features, a machine-learning algorithm can accurately predict pregnancies with fetal growth restriction, potentially opening up opportunities for interventions to protect vulnerable fetuses, according to research published online in the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging.  Discuss
Right heart quantification awareness: Part 3
August 2, 2017 -- The right heart has jokingly been referred to as the organ's stepchild, with little attention paid to its size, function, and prognostic implications. To help with this often overlooked task, this series from CardioServ will review the proper methods to quantify the right heart. Part 3 focuses on the preferred volumetric measurement methods and linear measurements for calculating the size of the right atrium.  Discuss
4 steps to expand enterprise imaging beyond radiology
August 2, 2017 -- As technology evolves, more specialties across the healthcare spectrum are recognizing the value of enterprise-available medical imaging. To succeed today, IT leaders and medical imaging departments must collaborate to create enterprise image strategies that meet patient clinical needs for image sharing, writes Richie Pfeiffer from LifeImage.  Discuss
Patients with co-pays less likely to choose DBT
August 1, 2017 -- Women with any out-of-pocket expenses for screening mammography are less likely to choose digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) over digital mammography, compared with women who have complete insurance coverage for the exam, according to a study published online July 24 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
CMS sheds light on plans for clinical decision support
August 1, 2017 -- In recently proposed rules, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said it would delay clinical decision-support requirements for advanced imaging studies until 2019. But early adopters may benefit from a direct tie between the program and the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System, according to Carin Carlson from Healthcare Administrative Partners.  Discuss
Luminal water MRI could be best for prostate cancer
July 31, 2017 -- Researchers from the University of British Columbia are reporting early success in developing a novel T2-based MRI technique that uses water content in prostate tissue to detect and grade cancer. The method outperformed several other MRI parameters, according to a study published in the August issue of Radiology.  Discuss
Is your MRI scanner the weak link in your security plan?
July 28, 2017 -- Cybersecurity for medical imaging equipment is often more critical than for other medical devices because the equipment stores protected health information and communicates directly with PACS and electronic medical record systems. This makes imaging equipment an attractive target for hackers, as it provides the perfect portal to a hospital's most valuable asset: patient information.  Discuss
CT CAC scoring tops age for predicting heart disease risk
July 27, 2017 -- Is age just a number? Maybe, at least for predicting atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease events in older adults. Coronary artery calcium (CAC) scoring with CT is better than a patient's age for predicting risk -- particularly for coronary heart disease, according to research published online on July 26.  Discuss
Neonates show no adverse effects from CT, MRI contrast
July 27, 2017 -- A review of inpatient neonates suggests that babies with normal renal function who receive iodine-based CT or gadolinium-based MRI contrast agents have no greater risk of renal toxicity than those not receiving contrast, according to results published in the August issue of Radiology.  Discuss