Week in review: Blast exposure injuries in U.S. soldiers | RTs and RRAs | Sustainability in radiology

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Active-duty soldiers subjected to repeated blast exposures demonstrate patterns of brain injury on MRI and PET exams, according to the most popular article this week on AuntMinnie.com. The researchers believe these findings, which were associated with a poorer health-related quality of life, may enable a new diagnostic test to be developed for personnel exposed to blasts in training and combat.

Features on topics of interest to radiologic technologists (RTs) and registered radiologist assistants (RRAs) also drew significant page views. Click here to catch up on federal and state legislation, as well as other developments that could have a significant impact on these professions. Another article previews efforts to raise the profile of RTs amid an ongoing workforce shortage.

Environmental sustainability is a hot topic in radiology. But how can radiology departments go about achieving that worthy goal? Our third-most popular article this week offered some proactive steps. And speaking of sustainability, Italian researchers are reporting success with a mobile service for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening. They calculated that their approach can reduce direct nonmedical costs and improve sustainability.

ChatGPT didn’t have a great week in radiology. The large-language model was deemed to be unreliable for answering patients’ questions about cancer. Another study found it performed poorly on the American College of Radiology’s Diagnostic Radiology In-Training exam.

In other news, PET/CT bested MRI for detecting spinal bone metastases, according to a recent study.

See the full list below of our most popular stories of the week:

  1. Neuroimaging detects blast exposure brain injuries in U.S. soldiers
  2. What’s brewing in RT and RRA legislation, policy, and standards?
  3. Radiologists can take steps toward environmental sustainabilty
  4. State of the RT profession more palpable than ever
  5. ChatGPT-4 not reliable in cancer patient messaging
  6. PET/CT superior to MRI for detecting spinal bone metastases
  7. Mobile health screening model lowers costs, promotes sustainability
  8. SPECT/CT predicts foot amputations in diabetics
  9. ChatGPT performs poorly on ACR exam for residents
  10. Dual-tracer PET/CT shows promise in liver cancer patients
  11. New Neiman study shows impact of nonphysician providers
  12. Hearings begin for Calif. Radiologist who drove family off cliff
  13. Understanding CT flow artifacts is key to better disease diagnosis
  14. Deep-learning algorithm improves liver fibrosis diagnosis
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