Report: ER doctors get subpoenas for ordering wrong scans
February 1, 2019 -- Doctors in the emergency room (ER) at Rhode Island Hospital have been served with subpoenas charging them with medical misconduct for incorrectly ordering medical imaging scans, according to a report published January 30 by Politico.  Discuss
Prostatic artery embolization gains clinical momentum
February 1, 2019 -- Prostate artery embolization has emerged as a highly promising interventional radiology procedure for lower urinary tract symptoms secondary to benign prostatic hypertrophy, Dr. Jamal Al Deen Alkoteesh told Arab Health delegates on the final day of the Total Radiology conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  Discuss
High CT CAC scores in athletes do not increase mortality
January 30, 2019 -- Men who regularly engage in high levels of physical activity are at an increased risk of having elevated CT coronary artery calcification (CAC) scores, but this association does not translate into a higher risk of all-cause mortality, according to research published online January 30 in JAMA Cardiology.  Discuss
CT reveals risk of electric scooters, need for helmets
January 28, 2019 -- Should helmets be required for electric scooter use? Probably yes, say researchers from California, who identified a high proportion of head injuries on the emergency CT scans of scooter riders, many of whom were adolescents. The findings were published online January 25 in JAMA Network Open.  Discuss
Pulmonologists more open to CT lung cancer screening
January 24, 2019 -- Pulmonologists and primary care physicians have contrasting opinions regarding CT lung cancer screening -- with pulmonologists referring far more patients for the exam, according to an article published in the January-February issue of the North Carolina Medical Journal.  Discuss
Smoking tied to vascular disease risk in African-Americans
January 24, 2019 -- CT coronary artery calcium scans of African-Americans revealed that smoking substantially increased their risk of developing peripheral artery disease, according to an article published online January 23 in the Journal of the American Heart Association.  Discuss
Few artifacts from CT eye shields affect diagnosis
January 22, 2019 -- Giving patients eye shields to protect the eye lens from radiation during CT scans resulted in some image artifacts, but these rarely affected exam interpretation, according to research published online January 15 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss