Straight Talk From the PACSman: Here for the funeral?
July 18, 2018 -- Few would debate that vendor-neutral archives and enterprise viewers are a much larger part of today's landscape than they were five years ago; however, more traditional PACS are still very much alive and kicking -- though undoubtedly older and with a few more gray hairs, says PACS consultant Michael J. Cannavo in his latest article.  Discuss
Cardiac MRI offers prognosis for hard-to-find infarctions
July 18, 2018 -- Cardiac MRI can play a critical role in helping to determine which patients suspected of having stable coronary artery disease could have an unrecognized myocardial infarction and an increased risk of an adverse cardiac event, according to a study published online recently in PLOS One.  Discuss
SWE helps characterize suspicious breast masses
July 18, 2018 -- Adding shear-wave elastography (SWE) to ultrasound helps characterize suspicious breast masses, especially those in the BI-RADS 3 and BI-RADS 4 categories, according to research published online July 10 in Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging.  Discuss
New Zealand start-up scans 1st humans with spectral CT
July 18, 2018 -- Researchers from a start-up company in New Zealand have scanned the first humans with a spectral CT scanner based on solid-state digital detectors. The technology produces color images at much higher levels of resolution than traditional CT scanners and, thus, may improve diagnosis.  Discuss
PET could make synaptic density an Alzheimer's biomarker
July 17, 2018 -- Researchers from Yale University are reporting promising results with a PET tracer designed to assess synaptic density in patients with Alzheimer's disease. The hope is that the approach could become an in vivo biomarker for dementia and help in therapy development, according to a paper published online July 16 in JAMA Neurology.  Discuss
MRI links iron in the brain to multiple sclerosis
July 17, 2018 -- Lower levels of iron in the thalamus as seen on MRI scans of people with multiple sclerosis are a strong indication that the disease will progress and lead to greater disability, according to a study published online July 17 in Radiology.  Discuss
9 ways to be a more effective radiologist
July 17, 2018 -- Most of us would like to be more effective in our work, and radiologists are no exception. So what are some habits to develop in order to achieve this? There are nine to keep in mind, and although they may not be easy, they are simple, according to a new article in Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology.  Discuss
Demand for second opinions prompts Medicare payment
July 17, 2018 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has often denied payment for secondary interpretation of imaging exams initially performed at other institutions, considering the additional read unnecessary. But this is changing, according to a study published online July 15 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Physicians experience sexual harassment from patients
July 16, 2018 -- Physicians across a variety of specialties are sexually harassed by patients, although radiologists appear to experience it the least of any medical specialty, according to a report published by Medscape.  Discuss
How patient consumerism affects today's radiology practice
July 16, 2018 -- Consumerism in the world of healthcare means that patients are taking a more active interest in the cost and quality of the services they receive. In this column, Sandy Coffta of Healthcare Administrative Partners examines how this trend affects today's radiology practice.  Discuss
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