Advances in imaging, AI make cardiac MRI more accessible
July 10, 2019 -- Cardiac MRI is often a last resort in imaging modalities, for reasons including difficulty of image acquisition, cost, and hardware availability. Dr. Melany B. Atkins discusses the advantages that technologies such as 4D flow and artificial intelligence (AI) bring to cardiac MRI and how their use can benefit both patients and providers.  Discuss
Cardiac MRI plan hikes myocarditis detection rate
July 9, 2019 -- Swiss and German researchers have devised an effective diagnostic cardiac MRI workup strategy that has quadrupled the rate of myocarditis detection in patients with myocardial infarction and nonobstructive coronary artery disease, according to a study published July 3 in Swiss Medical Weekly.  Discuss
Preop breast MRI improves DCIS surgical planning
July 9, 2019 -- Preoperative breast MRI improves the surgical planning and outcomes of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), according to a new study published online July 5 in Academic Radiology.  Discuss
The case for keeping radiology practices independent
July 9, 2019 -- We are in an era marked by the consolidation of healthcare services into fewer but larger providers, involving not only hospital systems but physician groups as well. Radiology practices are not immune to this trend. But what if a practice wants to remain independent? Rebecca Farrington of Healthcare Administrative Partners offers advice.  Discuss
CT lung screening's benefits persist over time
July 8, 2019 -- In an update to the National Lung Screening Trial, researchers from the U.S. are reporting a sustained reduction in cancer deaths from CT lung screening roughly 12 years after the initial screening exam. The findings were recently published online in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology.  Discuss
Should elderly patients continue cancer screening?
July 8, 2019 -- Many current cancer screening guidelines recommend against screening adults with less than 10 years of life expectancy. But clinicians often have difficulty communicating to elderly patients that screening isn't necessary anymore, according to two studies -- one published in the June issue of Gerontologist and the other in the Journal of General Internal Medicine on May 14.  Discuss
Brain MRI may predict alcohol abuse in teens
July 8, 2019 -- Brain MR images have revealed large amounts of gray-matter volume in 14-year-olds who eventually go on to increase their alcohol consumption by age 19, according to a study published online July 2 in eLife.  Discuss
Cancer cost $94B in lost earnings in 2015
July 3, 2019 -- In 2015, cancer cost $94.4 billion in lost earnings and took more than 8.7 million years of life among people ages 16 to 84 in the U.S. according to new research from the American Cancer Society, published online July 3 in JAMA Oncology.  Discuss
Study shines more light on GBCA-related adverse reactions
July 3, 2019 -- Which factors are most likely to trigger an adverse event from administration of a gadolinium-based contrast agent (GBCA)? The GBCA itself as well as a patient's age, gender, and type of MRI scan could increase chances of an allergic reaction, according to a study published online July 2 in Radiology.  Discuss
AI tops recent imaging informatics highlights
July 3, 2019 -- Artificial intelligence (AI) has been the driving force behind the most important recent advances achieved in imaging informatics, according to a presentation last week at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting in Denver.  Discuss
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