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fMRI reveals why big games create lasting memories
November 25, 2020 -- Functional MRI reveals how feelings of surprise that people experience -- for example, while tracking ball possession changes in a sports broadcast -- create shifts in brain patterns that are key to the formation of strong memories, according to a study published November 25 in the journal Neuron.  Discuss
CT shows damaging effects of wood smoke on lungs
November 25, 2020 -- CT shows damage caused to the lungs in people who cook with natural fuels such as wood or brush, which can produce pollutants and toxins when burned, according to research to be presented at the upcoming virtual RSNA 2020 meeting.  Discuss
AI can detect COVID-19 quickly, accurately on x-rays
November 25, 2020 -- Within seconds, an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm can assess chest x-rays for the presence of COVID-19, enabling rapid screening and triage of patients arriving at hospitals for reasons other than the virus, according to research published online November 24 in Radiology.  Discuss
Ultrasound tracks DVT in patients with severe COVID-19
November 25, 2020 -- Ultrasound was used to track deep vein thrombosis (DVT) prevalence in patients treated with mechanical ventilation for COVID-19 in a new study. Consistent sonography helped the team identify the benefit of twice-daily prophylactic medication, according to a November 20 research letter.  Discuss
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
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