RADIOLOGY NEWS
DWI helps predict breast cancer cases with metastasis
March 19, 2019 -- Apparent diffusion coefficient values obtained from preoperative MRI with diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) could help determine which women with breast cancer are at greater risk for developing metastasis, according to a study published online March 12 in Radiology.  Discuss
Study questions value of supplemental breast ultrasound
March 18, 2019 -- Breast ultrasound has become one of the go-to modalities as a supplemental breast cancer screening tool in women with dense tissue. But does it truly improve screening performance in this population? A new study published online March 18 in JAMA Internal Medicine is questioning the value of supplemental breast ultrasound.  Discuss
Radiology continues positive trend in 2019 Match
March 18, 2019 -- Medical students continue to be interested in both diagnostic and interventional radiology if preliminary data from this year's Main Residency Match are any indication. Only 10 U.S. diagnostic radiology programs reported unfilled PGY-2 slots, while all interventional programs filled their available slots, according to the National Resident Matching Program.  Discuss
ACC: PET/CT helps assess at-risk coronary patients
March 18, 2019 -- Using PET/CT scans to determine the presence or absence of coronary artery calcium in patients with chest pain can help determine which individuals have the greatest need for quick remedial action and an increased risk of a future major adverse cardiovascular event, according to a study presented March 16 at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2019 meeting in New Orleans.  Discuss
Mobile App Spotlight: Rads Consult
March 18, 2019 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the next article in an ongoing series highlighting notable mobile apps in radiology. In this installment, we take a look at Rads Consult, created to assist referring physicians in appropriately ordering imaging studies, Rads Consult is a radiology-specific clinical decision support (CDS) tool designed for use on mobile devices.  Discuss
ACC: Study promotes routine PET/CT CAC for cardiac risk
March 16, 2019 -- Should coronary artery calcium (CAC) scoring be a routine part of PET/CT stress testing for assessing an individual's risk of heart disease? Yes, according to researchers from Utah who explained why in a Saturday presentation at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2019 meeting in New Orleans.  Discuss
MedPAC: Imaging grows slower than other medical services
March 15, 2019 -- The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) may have published its latest report to the U.S. Congress on March 15, but its findings and recommendations aren't new: The commission continues to focus growth in imaging utilization that occurred more than a decade ago, despite a relatively small volume increase between 2016 and 2017.  Discuss
Lung ultrasound beats chest x-ray for heart failure detection
March 15, 2019 -- Point-of-care lung ultrasound has a higher sensitivity than chest x-ray for detecting symptoms of pulmonary edema in patients with acute decompensated heart failure, according to a new meta-analysis. The findings could indicate that ultrasound is a better choice for these patients, according to a study published March 15 in JAMA Network Open.  Discuss
Cardiac risk grows with higher coronary calcium scores
March 15, 2019 -- Individuals with high CT coronary artery calcium scores -- at least 1,000 Agatston units -- had a substantially greater risk of all-cause mortality than those with lower scores and nearly triple the risk of those with a score of 0, according to research published online March 15 in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging.  Discuss
Automated algorithms track adherence to follow-up advice
March 15, 2019 -- An algorithm based on natural language processing was able to analyze radiology reports for text that recommended follow-up imaging, while a second algorithm determined whether patients followed the recommendations, according to an article published online March 12 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
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