Use criteria cut unnecessary heart interventions
November 9, 2015 -- Appropriate use criteria for coronary revascularization have been effective in reducing the number of inappropriate percutaneous coronary interventions performed, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
How CT unraveled curiosities of King Tut
October 14, 2015 -- Ancient Egypt was a great civilization, but what made it great? Investigations on the mummies, including the famous case of Tutankhamun, have provided some answers. In an exclusive interview, Dr. Ashraf Selim speaks about his fascinating work and how CT shed new light on King Tut.
Hospital slashes response time for stat mobile x-ray
October 13, 2015 -- A Texas hospital was able to cut radiologic technologist response time to 10 minutes for orders for stat mobile x-ray exams from the facility's medical intensive care unit, according to a September 29 article in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Choosing Wisely drives down imaging use -- sometimes
October 12, 2015 -- The Choosing Wisely initiative seems to have successfully reduced unnecessary utilization of two imaging exams in the U.S. that appeared on a list of overused medical tests, according to a study published October 12 in JAMA Internal Medicine. But two other questionable imaging tests saw no decline.
Study: Emergency patients get duplicate x-ray, CT exams
September 24, 2015 -- If Domino's can track pizzas from order through delivery, why can't we keep better track of patients? That's the question raised by a new study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology that found that many emergency patients got duplicate x-ray and CT exams because doctors weren't sure if their initial orders had been completed.
Decision model cuts unnecessary wrist x-rays by 22%
September 15, 2015 -- Using a clinical decision model developed by Dutch researchers for pediatric wrist trauma could cut unnecessary emergency x-ray imaging for the condition by 22% -- thereby reducing children's radiation exposure and healthcare costs, according to a study published online in Pediatric Radiology.
Digital tomo falls short of CT for lung nodules
September 14, 2015 -- Can digital tomosynthesis occupy a middle ground between CT and conventional radiography in lung imaging? A new study published September 8 in the Journal of Digital Imaging indicates that tomo may have a tough time finding a role in the chest that's not already well-served by the other two modalities.
UCLA group cuts unnecessary x-rays for pelvic trauma
September 11, 2015 -- A group from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) was able to slash the number of unnecessary stat portable pelvic radiography studies that were being performed in addition to CT scans for trauma patients, according to an article in the September issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Cardiac cath shows risk of spasms at coronary stenoses
September 8, 2015 -- Japanese researchers using coronary angiography discovered that patients with spasms near sites of coronary stenosis had a higher risk of experiencing a heart attack in the future, according to an article in the September 8 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
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.