RADIOLOGY NEWS
CMS postpones 'appropriate use' mandate past 2021
August 12, 2020 -- Clinicians ordering advanced imaging scans like CT, MRI, and PET in the Medicare system will no longer have to use appropriate use criteria (AUC) and decision support starting in 2021. On August 10, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said it was extending the testing period for AUC through the end of 2021.  Discuss
Abbreviated MRI rivals full protocol for breast imaging
August 12, 2020 -- The diagnostic performance of abbreviated MRI was comparable to the full protocol in a systematic review presented as a virtual poster at the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine annual meeting.  Discuss
Implantable hearing devices cause MRI safety concerns
August 12, 2020 -- Several hundred adverse events during MRI scans of patients with implantable hearing devices have occurred in the past decade, particularly in patients with cochlear implants, Belgian researchers are reporting at this week's International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine virtual conference.  Discuss
RF-induced heating poses MRI risk in patients with tattoos
August 12, 2020 -- The permanent tattoos of patients represent an important potential safety hazard during MRI, and the shape of the tattoo is the major factor in increasing the radiofrequency (RF) heating effects, researchers are reporting at the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine virtual conference.  Discuss
New radiotracer increases multiple myeloma survival
August 11, 2020 -- A new alpha-radioimmunotherapy agent, Pb-212-anti-CD38, prevented tumor growth and increased survival in multiple myeloma tumor-bearing mice, according to new research published in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss
Holographic anatomy program shifts gears after COVID-19
August 10, 2020 -- A program that uses holograms to teach human anatomy at Case Western Reserve University didn't miss a beat when COVID-19 hit in March. It distributed nearly 200 holographic headsets to students so they could continue learning at home, according to a talk at the Society for MR Radiographers & Technologists virtual meeting.  Discuss
What will be the killer apps for AI in MRI?
August 10, 2020 -- Artificial intelligence (AI) shows potential to have a substantial clinical impact in a wide range of applications in MRI, but image interpretation isn't on the immediate radar, according to an August 8 presentation at the Society for MR Radiographers & Technologists meeting.  Discuss
Exotic locales for conferences carry carbon cost
August 10, 2020 -- Traveling to exotic locations for educational and business conferences can be a nice perk in any industry. But what's the environmental cost of such travel? An analysis presented at this week's International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine meeting found that it can be significant.  Discuss
Take caution when analyzing pediatric brain development
August 9, 2020 -- When analyzing pediatric brain development on MRI scans, imagers should be careful not to make assumptions based on their experiences with adult scans, urged Dr. Ellen Grant at Sunday's president's lecture at the Society for MR Radiographers & Technologists virtual conference.  Discuss
Cardiac MRI protocols differ for children
August 9, 2020 -- Children present particular challenges when it comes to cardiac MRI, according to a presentation delivered August 9 at the virtual edition of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine meeting.  Discuss