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. Discuss
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. Discuss
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. Discuss
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. Discuss
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. Discuss
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. Discuss
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. Discuss