Brian Casey

Brian joined AuntMinnie.com in 1999 and was the website's founding editor in chief. He has 26 years of experience in radiology journalism, previously working for Diagnostic Imaging Scan newsletter and Diagnostic Imaging magazine.

He holds a bachelor's degree in radio-television from the University of Arizona and a master's degree in radio-television from San Francisco State University. His area of focus is in digital x-ray technologies. 

Articles by this author
MRI helps find contact lens embedded in eye for 28 years
August 17, 2018 -- With the help of MRI, ophthalmologists in the U.K. were able to discover what was causing eyelid swelling in a 42-year-old woman: a hard contact lens that had been embedded in her eye for 28 years. The bizarre case was published on August 10 in BMJ Case Reports.  Discuss
SNMMI letter urges FDA to ease shortage of gallium-68
August 15, 2018 -- The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) has written a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging it to take steps to ease the shortage of the radioisotope gallium-68 for use in PET to diagnose neuroendocrine tumors.  Discuss
AI developer MaxQ-AI files papers for $8M public offering
August 14, 2018 -- Artificial intelligence (AI) software developer MaxQ-AI has filed papers with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering of just over $8 million. The company plans to use the funds to commercialize its Accipio family of AI algorithms for analyzing head CT scans to rule out stroke.  Discuss
Is chest x-ray overused for patients on ventilation?
August 10, 2018 -- Many patients undergoing mechanical ventilation continue to receive daily chest x-rays, despite the publication of guidelines discouraging their use. On the positive side, the use of chest x-rays in these patients has declined from 2008 to 2014, according to an August 10 paper in JAMA Network Open.  Discuss
Australian reactor to resume Mo-99 shipments this week
August 8, 2018 -- Shipments of the key radioisotope molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) should begin again this week from an Australian nuclear reactor after a shutdown that began in June, according to the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization.  Discuss
New MICI numbers tread water for 3rd quarter of 2018
August 6, 2018 -- Radiology administrators don't expect any major changes on the horizon when it comes to their business prospects, according to the latest numbers from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI). However, there was a decline in confidence that healthcare facilities would have access to capital.  Discuss
Are radiologists getting paid less for working harder?
July 31, 2018 -- A new survey of physician compensation and productivity found that median annual compensation for radiologists in the U.S. declined by more than 3% last year, while their productivity edged up. Still, radiologists remain among the highest-paid medical specialists.  Discuss
X-ray detects resurgence of black lung in coal miners
July 30, 2018 -- The prevalence of black lung disease has risen sharply among coal miners in the U.S., according to researchers who analyzed almost 50 years of radiographs. The trend reverses years of progress in reducing the prevalence of the disease, they note in a study published in the American Journal of Public Health.  Discuss
U.K. research could lead to flexible x-ray detectors
July 27, 2018 -- What if x-ray detectors were flexible enough to conform to patient anatomy? Would they produce better image quality or enable more accurate monitoring of radiation dose? It may not be a pipe dream. Researchers from the University of Surrey in the U.K. are working on a digital x-ray detector material that could be fabricated into flexible x-ray detectors.  Discuss
Which test is best for excluding PE during pregnancy?
July 24, 2018 -- Which is the superior imaging study to exclude pulmonary embolism (PE) in pregnant women: CT pulmonary angiography or lung scintigraphy ventilation/perfusion scans? A systematic review published July 18 in the Annals of Emergency Medicine put both exams through their paces.  Discuss