AHRA: 4 ways to avoid lawsuits in radiology
July 23, 2018 -- Getting sued certainly isn't on the list of a radiology professional's goals. But the fact is, sometimes patients do bring suits. While it may not be possible to completely dodge litigation, small daily actions can go a long way toward staying out of court, according to a talk at the AHRA's annual meeting this week in Orlando, FL.  Discuss
Breast cancer patients face financial burdens
July 23, 2018 -- A diagnosis of breast cancer may not cause the physical ruin it once did, thanks to improvements in early detection and treatment. But it can cause financial devastation, which can be just as damaging, according to a study published online July 23 in Cancer.  Discuss
NIH issues huge database of CT scans for AI testing
July 20, 2018 -- Following its recent release of a massive database of chest x-rays, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has now made nearly 10,600 CT scans publicly available to support the development and testing of artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms for medical applications.  Discuss
Australian agency orders review of Mo-99 procedures
July 20, 2018 -- An Australian government agency has ordered a review of radiation safety procedures at another federal agency in charge of running the nuclear reactor that was forced to stop shipments of the radioisotope molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) last month. The halt has spurred an ongoing shortage of important radiopharmaceuticals in the country.  Discuss
CSF may be gadolinium's route to the brain
July 20, 2018 -- A study published in the August issue of Radiology offers further evidence of a mechanism for gadolinium deposition in the brain after the administration of MRI contrast. Researchers detected gadolinium accumulation in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) -- even in patients with an undamaged blood-brain barrier and normal renal function.  Discuss
CT scans may be linked to brain cancer in kids
July 20, 2018 -- Could exposure to CT radiation increase the risk of brain tumors in kids? Yes, say researchers from the Netherlands, who reported a 1.5-fold increase in cancer incidence for children in an article published online July 18 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.  Discuss
FDDNP-PET shows brain injury effects in military personnel
July 19, 2018 -- Researchers have found that changes in PET scans of military personnel with mild traumatic brain injury are similar to those seen in retired football players with suspected chronic traumatic encephalopathy, according to a study published online July 17 in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.  Discuss
Will getting a coding certification help your career?
July 19, 2018 -- There's a lot of talk in today's healthcare regulatory environment about the need for "certified" coders and the potential benefits to healthcare entities that employ these individuals. In a new column, Cindy Parman of Coding Strategies discusses some of the issues to consider when determining whether a coding certification is right for you.  Discuss
Geographic factors affect mammography uptake
July 19, 2018 -- Use of mammography screening services in the Medicare population varies at the U.S. county level and is lowest in rural counties, according to a study published online July 17 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
CCTA biomarker spots high-risk plaques in heart disease
July 18, 2018 -- An increase in pericoronary adipose tissue attenuation -- a biomarker associated with inflammation -- on coronary CT angiography (CCTA) scans was associated with vulnerable plaques and may help predict the risk of heart disease, according to an article published online July 18 in JAMA Cardiology.  Discuss
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