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Head CT offers low diagnostic yield for fainting
May 21, 2019 -- More than half of all patients who faint still undergo head CT despite a diagnostic yield of less than 3% for the exam, according to an article published in the May issue of Academic Emergency Medicine. Researchers from Canada say it's high time to cut back on using the test for most patients.  Discuss
How does chemo during pregnancy affect child development?
May 21, 2019 -- Chemotherapy performed on women during pregnancy could adversely affect long-term cortical development in their children's brains, according to a preliminary study presented last week at the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine annual meeting in Montreal.  Discuss
Contrast mammo boosts reader confidence for dense tissue
May 21, 2019 -- Contrast-enhanced mammography not only improves reader performance in interpreting mammograms in women with dense tissue but also boosts diagnostic confidence when compared with mammography alone, according to a study published online May 16 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
ISMRM: Personalized breast cancer screening is at hand
May 20, 2019 -- The advent of better risk assessment methods and more appropriate utilization of imaging modalities like breast MRI open the door for personalized breast cancer screening strategies, according to a presentation Thursday at the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) annual meeting in Montreal.  Discuss
IMV: PET/CT drives PET scan volume to new heights
May 20, 2019 -- Procedure volume in the PET market hit the highest level ever in the U.S., with adoption of PET/CT scanners mainly responsible for driving growth. More than 2 million PET scans were performed in the U.S. in 2018, according to a new market research report by IMV Medical Information Division.  Discuss
MRI shows brain changes from cannabis use
May 20, 2019 -- The use of even small amounts of cannabis can cause changes in the brains of adolescents, according to recent studies using MRI. The findings indicate that researchers should pay close attention to increasing cannabis use, especially in vulnerable populations, according to a presentation last week at the Society of Magnetic Resonance Radiographers & Technologists (SMRT) meeting.  Discuss
Previous test scores predict success on ABR Core Exam
May 20, 2019 -- Past performance is no guarantee of future results in the world of investing, but things may be different for radiology residents taking the American Board of Radiology (ABR) Core Exam. A new survey of residents who took the exam found that scores on previous tests were a good predictor of who would pass.  Discuss
ISMRM: AI can generate synthetic contrast-enhanced MRI
May 17, 2019 -- MONTREAL - An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm can produce high-quality synthetic contrast-enhanced brain MR images, potentially helping to avoid usage of gadolinium-based contrast agents, according to a presentation Thursday at the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) annual meeting.  Discuss
3D MRI captures changes to fetal head during birth
May 17, 2019 -- Researchers from France have used 3D MRI to visualize changes to the shape of the fetal brain and skull during the second stage of labor. The images revealed that fetal heads may experience greater stress than previously imagined, according to an article published online on May 15 in PLOS One.  Discuss
Smokers shy away from cancer screening exams
May 17, 2019 -- Individuals who smoke are much less likely than nonsmokers to participate in basic screening exams for breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer, despite clear recommendations from existing guidelines, according to a new study published online May 17 in JAMA Network Open.  Discuss
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