Week in Review: MRI for dental braces | Medicare changes in 2020 | AI for DBT | Roadies winners

Dear AuntMinnie Member,

What's the best MRI sequence to use when imaging patients with orthodontic appliances like braces? Our article about a recent research paper on the topic was the top story for the past week.

The increasing prevalence of oral devices like braces in both adults and children is making MRI scans more challenging. Therefore, researchers from Johns Hopkins University put two MRI sequences through their paces -- a T2-prepared blood oxygen level-dependent protocol and a diffusion-prepared diffusion-tensor imaging sequence. Find out which one worked better in a story in our MRI Community.

In other MRI news, check out amazing MR images from a study of individuals who received hemispherectomies -- removal of part of their brains -- as treatment for epilepsy. And learn how European researchers developed a scoring system for liver function that could help predict which patients with chronic liver disease are at greatest risk of mortality.

These stories and more are available in our MRI Community.

Medicare changes in 2020

Radiology professionals are keenly interested in changes to Medicare reimbursement in 2020, if the reactions to our article this week on the topic are any indication. In the story, Sandy Coffta of Healthcare Administrative Partners unpacks the update for an article you'll find in our Imaging Leaders Community.

Also, find out why an antitrust lawsuit filed against the American Board of Radiology over its maintenance of certification program was dismissed.

AI for DBT

Did you see our special report this week on artificial intelligence (AI) for digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT)? If not, you might want to check it out.

Many breast imaging facilities are increasingly looking to AI to help deal with a number of DBT's challenges, such as longer image interpretation times and higher radiation dose. Fortunately, researchers are making progress in these areas, as will be evidenced by a number of important presentations at RSNA 2019.

Also, read what early adopters of AI for DBT report on their experiences in the clinical setting. Many are reporting that they are finding up to 50% more cancers on mammograms -- and that the technology could make the difference between early and late diagnosis of breast cancer.

Roadies winners

RSNA 2019 is only a week away ... are you ready? You'll find a variety of resources in our RADCast @ RSNA special section, including a preview of what to look for on the technical exhibit floor in AI and information technology, as well as our Road to RSNA modality-by-modality preview of RSNA abstracts.

We were pleased this week to announce winners of the Roadies, awards we present to the abstracts that received the most views in each of our eight Road to RSNA sections. See who got recognized and get your RSNA planning in gear at rsna.auntminnie.com.

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