AJR: Ultralow-dose CT can evaluate COPD
June 9, 2016 -- An ultralow-dose CT protocol that reduces radiation dose to 4% of standard CT can be used to evaluate some patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), concludes a new study in the June edition of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Do we need new terms to describe gadolinium exposure?
June 8, 2016 -- Does radiology need a better nomenclature for the problem of exposure to gadolinium from contrast MRI exams? Researchers are proposing new terms to describe the aftereffects of gadolinium exposure that can affect patients but which fall short of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis.
RSNA, NCI to collaborate on image perception research
June 8, 2016 -- RSNA is teaming up with the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) to sponsor a week of image perception research starring you -- the radiologist. You're a notoriously hard-to-recruit demographic, but organizers hope to entice you into participation with promises of swag and a chance to do great things during RSNA 2016 in Chicago.
Technologist wage growth barely outpaces inflation
June 8, 2016 -- Radiologic technologists now have an average salary of $65,756, up 4.8% in the past three years, according to the latest survey by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.
New MRI technique links breast fatty acids to cancer
June 7, 2016 -- Researchers using a new MRI technique have found that the presence of particular fatty acids in the breast may be a useful indicator of cancer in postmenopausal women, according to a study published online June 7 in Radiology.
Simple breath test confirms no lung cancer recurrence
June 7, 2016 -- A fast, low-cost test that analyzes the chemical composition of exhaled breath may confirm that patients are disease-free after lung cancer resection, concludes a study published this week in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery.
Imaging takes leading role in penis transplant
June 6, 2016 -- When Thomas Manning underwent one of the world's first successful penis transplant operations last month, imaging was there to guide the physician team with three separate modalities, according to doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
Imaging accreditation with quality and ease: Part 1
June 6, 2016 -- While vital for high-quality care, accreditation can be challenging and sometimes tedious for imaging departments. To help, this new article series will offer some tips for how to comply with the latest Intersocietal Accreditation Commission Quality Improvement requirements with quality and ease.
VA proposal would let nurses take on imaging duties
June 3, 2016 -- Advanced-level nurses would be able to order and interpret some medical imaging exams in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health system under a proposal issued late last month. Advocates for radiology are vowing to fight the proposal, saying it would compromise patient care and lead to inappropriate imaging utilization.
6 steps to success in radiology data analytics
June 3, 2016 -- The modern radiology practice continues to experience rapid growth in data, thanks to the ongoing development of imaging modalities and the use of advanced medical imaging in molecular, genomic, and precision medicine. As radiology transitions to value-based care, advanced data analytics is no longer an option.