RADIOLOGY NEWS
5 ways to optimize CT lung cancer screening
February 9, 2018 -- An academic hospital that implemented a CT lung cancer screening program obtained similar detection rates as the National Lung Screening Trial. But it also encountered challenges that needed to be addressed to improve the quality of screening, which researchers describe in a new study published in Academic Radiology.  Discuss
FDA, NRC clear path for U.S. supply of molybdenum-99
February 8, 2018 -- A U.S.-based supply of molybdenum-99 is finally at hand: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes' RadioGenix isotope separation system, and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will license the system's production of technetium-99m for medical use.
Study finds gadolinium leaks into eyes of stroke patients
February 8, 2018 -- Researchers from the U.S. National Institutes of Health found that gadolinium from MRI contrast can leak into the eyes of stroke patients who receive scans. They don't understand the mechanism of the leakage, although it may have some clinical consequences, according to a February 7 paper in Neurology.  Discuss
Technologists improve image quality from urgent care centers
February 8, 2018 -- Radiology departments are facing a conundrum from the growing number of urgent care centers sending them x-rays that may not be of optimal diagnostic quality. A department in Texas offers some tips for improving urgent care pediatric imaging in research published online February 2 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Study tracks radiation dose to NM technologists
February 8, 2018 -- A new study published February 1 in Radiology on occupational radiation exposure for nuclear medicine (NM) technologists is serving up some intriguing findings. While radiation exposure is generally low and within established guidelines, it has been rising in recent years as the field adopts more powerful imaging technologies.  Discuss
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 56: The magic words
February 8, 2018 -- They are the magic words that seem to accompany every radiology report, no matter how obvious the pathology on the medical image. Dr. Roth points this out to Andy in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend.  Discuss
To boost job satisfaction, put the pedal to the metal
February 7, 2018 -- Research has found that a sedentary lifestyle negatively affects one's health and life expectancy, leading to everything from cardiovascular disease to cancer. And if sitting is the new smoking, radiologists are prime candidates to get moving. But how?  Discuss
Is CT or MR perfusion better for diagnosing CAD?
February 7, 2018 -- Recent advances in scanner technology have made the use of CT stress myocardial perfusion imaging feasible. Just how well it matches up to MR perfusion in the diagnosis of coronary artery disease (CAD) is the central question of a study published in the February issue of Radiology.  Discuss
How will artificial intelligence enhance radiology?
February 6, 2018 -- Success for artificial intelligence in radiology will be determined by its ability to increase diagnostic certainty, speed turnaround, yield better patient outcomes, and improve the work life of radiologists, according to an article published online February 4 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
NYC tourists + rental bike - helmet = trip to ER
February 6, 2018 -- Is the growing popularity of rental bikes in New York City driving an increase in the number of bicycle-related trauma cases being seen in the city's emergency rooms (ERs)? It might, if new information from a hospital that treats people injured in Central Park is any indication.  Discuss
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