Wireless mobile DR gets images into PACS faster than CR
January 13, 2015 -- Researchers from Hong Kong were able to obtain mobile x-ray images in their PACS network 70% sooner using a wireless portable digital radiography (DR) unit rather than a mobile x-ray system equipped with computed radiography (CR) plates, according to a January 6 article in the Journal of Digital Imaging.
Chest CT referrals from x-ray yield high rate of abnormalities
December 23, 2014 -- Nearly half of patients who receive radiologist recommendations for chest CT to evaluate abnormal findings on chest radiography have clinically relevant findings at CT, including a substantial number of new malignancies, according to a new study in Radiology.
Radiation alarm Bleeper Sv reduces dose to cardiac cath staff
December 23, 2014 -- A beeping radiation dose monitor that is worn by healthcare personnel during cardiac catheterization procedures successfully reduced dose in a trial conducted by Texas researchers. Called Bleeper Sv, the monitor emits a warning sound that becomes louder and more frequent as exposure to radiation grows -- giving personnel a chance to modify their work habits to reduce dose.
Most pediatric chest x-rays appear unnecessary
December 4, 2014 -- CHICAGO - Most x-rays performed on children not experiencing chest pain may be unnecessary, concluded researchers from the Mayo Clinic, who presented their findings on Wednesday at RSNA 2014.
Philips displays new spectral CT, MRI technology
December 3, 2014 -- CHICAGO - Philips Healthcare is highlighting a number of new technologies in its booth at RSNA 2014, including spectral CT and a new 1.5-tesla MRI scanner, as well as advancements in ultrasound, molecular imaging, and interventional x-ray.
Siemens RSNA highlights cover MRI, CT, US
December 2, 2014 -- CHICAGO - Siemens Healthcare is promoting a range of new technologies in its booth at RSNA 2014, including a 1.5-tesla MRI scanner, a single-source CT scanner optimized for spectral imaging, and ultrasound and interventional x-ray enhancements.
GE revives Signa MRI brand, launches CT and DBT
December 2, 2014 -- CHICAGO - The return of its storied Signa brand in MRI, a new family of Revolution CT scanners, and a new digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) system with market clearance are among the new product introductions at RSNA 2014 for multimodality vendor GE Healthcare.
Toshiba RSNA highlights include PET/CT, angio, and 3T MRI
December 1, 2014 -- CHICAGO - Among the highlights in the RSNA 2014 booth of Toshiba America Medical Systems are a new PET/CT scanner, a new interventional x-ray system, a redesigned 3-tesla MRI magnet, and a new upgrade for the company's ultrasound scanner line.
Irish give top tips for dying art of plain film
December 1, 2014 -- A common view is that chest x-rays are boring and tough to read, yet spotting an abnormality brings huge satisfaction, and radiologists with strong plain film skills often are highly valued, according to Irish researchers presenting at RSNA 2014.
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.