SIR: 'OK, Google -- scrub up!'
March 25, 2019 -- Smart speakers like Amazon Alexa and Google Home already get plenty of questions about the weather, but the technology could soon make a meaningful contribution to patient outcomes during surgery, according to a Sunday presentation at the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) annual meeting in Austin, TX.  Discuss
SIR: Stroke treatment training program improves outcomes
March 25, 2019 -- Interventional radiologists at Johns Hopkins University have developed an innovative program to train their colleagues to perform endovascular thrombectomies and achieve better outcomes for stroke patients. So far, the results are impressive, according to a presentation on Monday at the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) 2019 meeting in Austin, TX.  Discuss
SIR: UFE bests myomectomy for fibroid treatment
March 25, 2019 -- Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a more effective treatment for fibroids than myomectomy, with fewer postprocedural complications. But many women aren't aware of UFE as a treatment option, according to research presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) 2019 annual meeting in Austin, TX.  Discuss
MRI links brain region to dementia, auditory deterioration
March 25, 2019 -- MRI scans have identified an area of the brain associated with a rare form of dementia that allows affected patients to comprehend written words but prevents them from understanding spoken words, researchers reported in the March issue of Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology.  Discuss
Density notification laws boost breast ultrasound use
March 22, 2019 -- State breast density notification laws that advise women of supplemental screening options increase breast ultrasound use and appear to lead to a modest boost in cancer detection rates, according to a study published online March 21 in the American Journal of Public Health.  Discuss
Annual mammography shows higher recall rate
March 22, 2019 -- Younger women undergoing annual mammography exams had higher recall rates than older women receiving biennial exams, potentially changing the risk-benefit calculation of screening in this younger group, according to a study published online March 18 in European Radiology.  Discuss
7T finds epilepsy abnormalities missed at lower field strengths
March 22, 2019 -- The ultrahigh field strength of 7-tesla MRI can identify brain abnormalities associated with epilepsy better than 1.5-tesla and 3-tesla MRI can, potentially changing the course of treatment for these patients, according to a study published online March 19 in PLOS One.  Discuss
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 83: Circling the drain
March 22, 2019 -- One of the most challenging things about a radiologist's job can be dealing with referring clinicians, especially ones that are particularly obstinate, as Dr. Rankin is in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend.  Discuss
AI characterizes breast masses on ultrasound
March 21, 2019 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm distinguished between benign and malignant masses on breast ultrasound at a high level of accuracy -- perhaps even exceeding the diagnostic performance of less-experienced radiologists, according to research published online March 19 in the Japanese Journal of Radiology.  Discuss
New ultrasound technique gauges kids' heart function
March 21, 2019 -- A catheter-based ultrasound technique can measure heart function in children undergoing surgery with similar effectiveness as the more traditional method of inserting a probe around the patient's aorta, according to a study published online March 18 in Anesthesiology.  Discuss
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