H7N9 bird flu pneumonia scans show common imaging findings July 2, 2013 -- A new bird flu strain known as influenza H7N9 appeared in China this year and quickly took a number of human victims. An article in Radiology published on Tuesday includes some of the first radiologic images of the effects of the virus, revealing typical patterns of progression and regression on CT scans and radiographs of the chest.
U.S. updates x-ray rules for black lung program July 2, 2013 -- The U.S. government has finalized new rules that allow images from digital radiography (DR) systems to be used for claims filed under its program for screening coal miners for black lung disease. The program's technical specifications haven't been updated since 1980, despite the rising use of DR.
Could chest tomo be a first-line lung cancer screening tool? June 5, 2013 -- With all the attention being paid to CT lung cancer screening, what about x-ray? Italian researchers believe that radiology's oldest modality could be revived as a screening tool with a technological twist -- digital tomosynthesis. They describe their findings in the June edition of the Journal of Thoracic Oncology.
A radiologist reflects on the Boston Marathon bombings May 16, 2013 -- Monday, April 15 -- Patriots' Day in Boston -- started much like any other day for radiologist Dr. Robert Ward of Tufts Medical Center. But it turned out to be anything but normal after two bombs exploded at the end of the Boston Marathon, sending dozens of injured people to Tufts with battlefield-like injuries.
CAD, bone suppression find more lung nodules on chest x-ray May 7, 2013 -- At the cost of more false positives, the combination of computer-aided detection (CAD) and electronic bone suppression can help radiologists improve detection rates for pulmonary nodules on chest radiographs, according to research published in the May issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Record label swaps x-ray film for traditional vinyl March 15, 2013 -- If you're tired of reading x-rays, how about spinning them instead? Old medical x-ray films were literally pressed into service to form limited-edition discs of a new single from record label Third Man Records, founded by Jack White of the band the White Stripes.
Airport security scanners carry some radiation risk March 8, 2013 -- VIENNA - Airport security scanners are safe for individuals, but when their effects are considered collectively, there is still a risk of cancer developing due to the machines, ECR 2013 delegates learned at a standing-room-only session on Thursday afternoon.
Mercy Ships offers volunteer opportunities for physicians February 20, 2013 -- Radiologists have much to offer as volunteer physicians for Mercy Ships, a nonprofit organization that provides much-needed basic medical care to people in developing nations. In a recent article in the American Journal of Roentgenology, a U.S. radiologist who served on the Africa Mercy described his experiences.
Imaging vendors target China's rural healthcare market February 7, 2013 -- As China rushes to modernize its healthcare system, big cities such as Beijing and Shanghai have attracted most of the attention. But medical imaging vendors are now moving into China's vast countryside. Owen Tang of ChinaBionews offers a look at China's new frontier for growth.