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?
MRI helps home in on disabilities caused by MS
November 15, 2013 -- Abnormalities throughout the spinal cord and the number of segments affected by spinal cord lesions are the most significant MRI parameters for characterizing physical disabilities caused by multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a study published in the November issue of Radiology.
Radiology can benefit from mobile computing in myriad ways
November 15, 2013 -- Mobile computing technologies have the potential to reshape the practice of radiology, touching on areas such as interactions with referring physicians and other radiologists, image acquisition and transmission, education, and even patient care, according to an article in the December issue of Academic Radiology.
MICI Q4: No hope on the horizon for scanner purchasing
November 14, 2013 -- If you were hoping for good news on a comeback in radiology before this year's RSNA meeting, you may have to wait a little longer. Radiology administrators continue to have a pessimistic outlook for the fourth quarter of 2013, according to new data from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI).
Breaking bad news: Some docs are more willing than others
November 14, 2013 -- It's no surprise that residents and radiologists don't like breaking bad news to patients with serious medical conditions. But a survey from Pakistan suggests some types of medical specialists are more willing to tell patients the awful truth, while others pass the job along to the referring physician.
Radiologists can fight reading fatigue with a few steps
November 13, 2013 -- Feeling a little tired from your long image reading session? You're not the only one. But you may be able to reduce fatigue by wearing contact lenses instead of glasses, brightening up the reading room, and viewing images on the right type of LCD monitor, Japanese researchers have concluded.
JACR: How inappropriate is CT use, really?
November 13, 2013 -- It's true that some proportion of patients is exposed to large numbers of CT scans. But the characteristics of these patients and their doctors are consistent with reasonable medical decision-making, according to new research published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
PiB-PET shows more beta amyloid after traumatic brain injury
November 12, 2013 -- British researchers are using PET imaging with the Pittsburgh Compound B (PiB) radiopharmaceutical to show -- for the first time -- increased beta-amyloid deposits in cortical gray matter and striatum regions following traumatic brain injury.
Practice of Ultrasound: Part 13 -- Liver fat and fibrosis
November 12, 2013 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the 13th in a series of columns on the practice of ultrasound from Dr. Jason Birnholz, one of the pioneers of this modality. In this edition, Dr. Birnholz addresses the challenges of imaging liver fat and fibrosis in the age of obesity.
Targeted breast radiotherapy offers treatment option
November 11, 2013 -- Targeted radiotherapy delivered to women undergoing surgery for early breast cancer could offer a feasible alternative to current procedures, which require daily radiotherapy sessions for weeks after surgery, according to two new studies published in Lancet and Lancet Oncology.