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
Digital radiography may be leading to 'collimation creep'
June 25, 2019 -- Is the desire to produce "prettier" x-ray images leading to "collimation creep" as radiographers crop digital radiography images rather than use more appropriate collimation settings? That's the contention of a paper published in the June edition of the Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences.  Discuss
SNMMI announces leadership slate for 2019-2020
June 25, 2019 -- ANAHEIM, CA - The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) has announced its leadership slate for the 2019-2020 term, with Dr. Vasken Dilsizian taking over as president and Alan Packard, PhD, serving as president-elect.  Discuss
Backlash mounts against study on smartphone 'horns'
June 24, 2019 -- Are young adults really growing "horns" from excessive smartphone use? Skeptics are questioning a 2018 study that claimed to find bony protuberances on the skulls of young men -- growths that the authors hypothesized were connected to excessive mobile device use.  Discuss
Rapid adoption of DBT screening is faster in richer areas
June 24, 2019 -- The use of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) for breast cancer screening has grown rapidly, from almost 13% of screening exams in 2015 to over 43% in 2017. But DBT adoption is occurring at a faster rate in more affluent areas, according to a research letter published June 24 in JAMA Internal Medicine.  Discuss
SNMMI: Technetium radiotracer tracks rheumatoid arthritis
June 24, 2019 -- ANAHEIM, CA - New findings on a technetium-based radiopharmaceutical that could be useful for monitoring rheumatoid arthritis by tracking joint inflammation were presented on Sunday at the Society for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) annual conference.  Discuss
BBC: X-rays show signs of young adults growing 'horns'
June 21, 2019 -- The internet exploded this week after the BBC published an article that used x-ray images to back claims that young adults who used smartphones extensively were growing bony protuberances -- basically, horns -- on their skulls.  Discuss
Office manager in Calif. referral scam gets 5 years
June 20, 2019 -- The office manager of a Southern California imaging center that paid referring physicians for patient referrals has been sentenced to five years in prison. The sentencing marks the end of a state and federal investigation into healthcare fraud dubbed Operation Backlash.  Discuss
MICI Q2: Cautious optimism prevails in radiology
June 7, 2019 -- Radiology administrators are cautiously optimistic about their prospects for the second quarter of 2019. But concerns about pre-authorization for imaging studies and the growing migration of imaging exams to outpatient facilities is causing concern, according to the latest numbers from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI).  Discuss
Report: SEC looking into charges of bribery in China
June 4, 2019 -- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is looking into charges that some of the largest multinational OEMs of medical imaging equipment allegedly paid bribes to government officials in China to secure equipment sales, according to an article published June 4 in Reuters.  Discuss
Breast cancer drives disparity between younger men, women
May 31, 2019 -- Progress continues to be made in the fight against cancer, with death rates dropping for both men and women, according to a new report published May 30 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. But cancer incidence is much higher in younger women than in men, largely due to breast cancer.  Discuss