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MRI shows how anxiety speeds Alzheimer's progression
November 24, 2020 -- Brain MRI scans show that patients with anxiety progress more quickly from mild cognitive impairment to Alzheimer's disease, according to research to be presented at the upcoming virtual RSNA 2020 conference.  Discuss
Weight-loss surgery weakens teenagers' bones
November 24, 2020 -- MRI and CT exams illuminate the negative effect a common weight loss surgery called sleeve gastrectomy has on teenagers' bones, according to research to be presented at the upcoming virtual RSNA 2020 conference.  Discuss
ICD-10 coding changes for 2021 that will impact radiologists
November 24, 2020 -- There are 490 new clinical modification codes in the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) that became effective on October 1, all of which are replacing existing codes. How will these new codes affect radiology? Erin Stephens of Healthcare Administrative Partners explains.  Discuss
ACR unveils collaborative imaging research fund
November 24, 2020 -- The American College of Radiology (ACR) has launched the Fund for Collaborative Research in Imaging Grant, a new fund aimed at fostering innovative radiology research.
Kids get fewer CTs, but adults' rates continue to rise
November 23, 2020 -- Efforts to reduce children's exposure to radiation when they present in the emergency room with abdominal pain have been effective -- mostly by using ultrasound to diagnose the cause of the pain rather than CT, according to a study published November 19 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
3D-printed nasal swabs aid fight against COVID-19
November 23, 2020 -- 3D-printed nasopharyngeal swabs perform just as well as traditional flocked swabs used to collect nasal secretions for COVID-19 tests, according to results of a clinical trial scheduled to be presented at the upcoming virtual RSNA 2020 meeting.  Discuss
Deep learning gives a boost to CT image reconstruction
November 23, 2020 -- Deep learning-based image reconstruction algorithms can yield higher pediatric CT image quality and lower radiation dose than other conventional reconstruction techniques such as statistical-based iterative reconstruction (SBIR), according to research published online November 17 in Radiology.  Discuss
CMS issues final rule modernizing Stark law
November 20, 2020 -- Saying it is lifting the weight of "punishing bureaucracy" from the backs of physicians, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on November 20 announced its final rule implementing major changes to the Stark law, a set of federal rules that prohibit physicians from self-referral.  Discuss
Imaging detects big, rare tumor protruding from fetus's mouth
November 20, 2020 -- Doctors recently used prenatal ultrasound to detect a rare 4.6 x 3.6-cm oropharyngeal teratoma protruding from the oral cavity of a fetus. Details of the case were published on November 4 in the Cureus Journal of Medical Science.  Discuss
Multiple DWI-MRI metrics can cut breast biopsy rate
November 20, 2020 -- A new prospective trial published on November 17 in Radiology has identified multiple metrics on diffusion-weighted MRI (DWI-MRI) scans that can reduce the number of unnecessary breast biopsies while maintaining the excellent diagnostic performance of contrast-enhanced MRI.  Discuss
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