From coins to knives: Foreign bodies run the gamut September 3, 2015 -- A patient presenting with a foreign body -- an object that has been swallowed, breathed in, or inserted -- is a common scene in the emergency room (ER). And radiologists are just the experts to coach ER doctors on how to diagnose these patients, according to a review published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.
Practice of Ultrasound: Part 24 -- An ultrasound PDA September 3, 2015 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the 24th in a series of columns on the practice of ultrasound from Dr. Jason Birnholz, one of the pioneers of the modality. In this installment, he shares some lessons learned from using ultraportable ultrasound in a local clinic.
Gadobenate dimeglumine OK for renal-deficient patients September 2, 2015 -- Researchers from Emory University found no incidence of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) using gadobenate dimeglumine MR contrast media in renal-failure patients after more than two years of follow-up, according to a study published in the September issue of Radiology.
Patients with CIN after CT show poor 1-year outcomes September 2, 2015 -- Patients who develop contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) are at high risk of major adverse events one year after imaging with contrast-enhanced CT, according to a new study in the September Annals of Emergency Medicine. The experience in more than 600 patients who underwent contrast CT suggests the problem is both serious and underrecognized.
Yes, you can help prevent healthcare data breaches September 1, 2015 -- Cybersecurity attacks have been plaguing a variety of industrial sectors, and healthcare is no exception. Of the 14 biggest healthcare data breaches, five occurred in 2015. But there's plenty that facilities can do to reduce their risk, according to a webinar conducted last week by the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM).
SaferMD helps radiologists reduce malpractice risk September 1, 2015 -- If you belong to a forward-thinking radiology practice, chances are you're already using critical test results management (CTRM) software to notify physicians of unexpected findings. But are you really using CTRM right? Fortunately, SaferMD can help you find out.
PET/MRI makes clinical inroads, but work remains August 31, 2015 -- PET/MRI is making progress in moving from being a research technology to a modality that's used clinically. Radiologists who use it frequently are recognizing its value for several applications, but work remains in convincing referring physicians of its worth.
Managing critical results without pulling out your hair August 28, 2015 -- If you're a radiologist, communicating important radiologic findings to referring physicians can be one of the most challenging aspects of your job. Critical test results management software can help, according to Dr. David Hirschorn of Staten Island University Hospital, who describes how it works at his facility.
Higher screening mammo volume equals better outcomes August 28, 2015 -- Women who undergo mammography screening at breast centers with high volumes tend to have better outcomes, which is encouraging news for a modality often criticized for its tendency to overdiagnose. Study results were published online August 11 in the Journal of Medical Screening.
Fukushima nuclear disaster casts shadow on CR images August 27, 2015 -- Radiologists at a Japanese hospital were baffled when dark spots began appearing on computed radiography (CR) images in March 2011. They discovered that the spots were caused by fallout from the nuclear disaster at the nearby Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, according to an article in the American Journal of Roentgenology.