Radiation dose creep lands on ECRI list of healthcare hazards November 25, 2014 -- The threat to patients of radiation dose creep -- in which dose slowly rises over time in digital x-ray studies -- landed on a list of healthcare hazards issued annually by nonprofit research organization ECRI Institute. Fortunately, new tools are becoming available to help facilities deal with the phenomenon.
Report outlines how radiology departments can prepare for Ebola November 18, 2014 -- Radiologists from the U.S. National Institutes of Health and Emory University have outlined a series of recommendations in a special report published online November 18 in Radiology to help radiology departments and imaging facilities prepare for Ebola patients.
Even small amounts of plaque linked to heart attack, death November 6, 2014 -- A study of nearly 38,000 patients that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that even small amounts of coronary artery plaque increased the risk of heart attack or death a year after diagnosis.
Radiation safety from the medical physicist's perspective November 5, 2014 -- The call to action regarding patient radiation dose safety has flooded the healthcare industry with a wide array of new options, recommendations, requirements, and regulations that are pushing organizations to revamp radiation safety initiatives across the board.
Radiography misses one-third of wrist fractures October 24, 2014 -- Researchers from Turkey found that radiography missed one-third of wrist fractures compared with multidetector-row CT, according to an article published online on October 18 in Emergency Radiology. They believe that clinicians may want to use CT or MRI for emergency room patients suspected of having wrist trauma.
RSNA to show x-ray 'nature scenes' by Dutch medical physicist October 9, 2014 -- What happens if you combine x-rays, creatures large and small, and a diorama? You get a "biorama," as Dutch medical physicist and artist Arie van 't Riet, PhD, has termed his images. His artwork will be shown at the upcoming RSNA 2014 annual meeting in Chicago.
Tomosynthesis can replace CT for many chest exams September 2, 2014 -- A new study by Swedish radiologists performed under real-world conditions indicates that digital chest tomosynthesis can replace CT for a number of lung exams, saving both money and radiation dose. The research confirms previous studies on the role tomo can play in carving out a middle ground between CT and conventional chest radiography.
Imaging exams guided treatment after Boston Marathon bombing July 30, 2014 -- Medical imaging exams such as x-ray and CT played a key role in managing patients who arrived in the minutes and hours after the Boston Marathon bombing last year, according to a study in the August issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Study: Nonobstructive coronary disease has its own risks July 18, 2014 -- Individuals found to have nonobstructive plaque at angiography are routinely sent home without being stented. But a new study from Colorado suggests that simply dismissing these patients and hoping for the best could be dangerous.
Boston hospital adjusts operations after marathon bombing July 15, 2014 -- In a paper published online July 15 in Radiology, staff from Brigham and Women's Hospital details the hospital's response to the Boston Marathon bombing and how it has improved some operations and procedures to better handle emergency situations.