RADIOLOGY NEWS
The 3 advances making MRI better for breast screening
August 10, 2020 -- The future of breast screening may not be mammography but MRI. The technical advances making MRI quicker, more accurate, and less costly for breast screening were discussed at a presentation on August 8 at the Society for MR Radiographers & Technologists annual meeting.  Discuss
Take caution when analyzing pediatric brain development
August 10, 2020 -- When analyzing pediatric brain development on MRI scans, imagers should be careful not to make assumptions based on their experiences with adult scans, urged Dr. Ellen Grant at Sunday's president's lecture at the Society for MR Radiographers & Technologists virtual conference.  Discuss
Alternatives exist for reduced gadolinium contrast use
August 10, 2020 -- As concerns about the safety of gadolinium-based MRI contrast persist, radiologists should know that they have a number of alternatives to gadolinium, according to presentations on August 9 at the Society for MR Radiographers & Technologists virtual meeting.  Discuss
Staff costs account for much of MRI operational expenses
August 10, 2020 -- The costs involved in staffing an MRI service -- particularly for radiologic technologists -- made up the greatest expense involved in operating an MRI scanner, according to a total-cost-of-ownership analysis presented at this week's International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine meeting.  Discuss
Cardiac MRI protocols differ for children
August 9, 2020 -- Children present particular challenges when it comes to cardiac MRI, according to a presentation delivered August 9 at the virtual edition of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine meeting.  Discuss
Augmented reality can control MR scanners
August 8, 2020 -- Augmented reality can provide an alternative to traditional MR console software for controlling the scanner and viewing images, according to research presented at this week's virtual conference and exhibition of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.  Discuss
Are GBCAs really needed for breast MRI exams?
August 7, 2020 -- Are gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) really needed for breast MRI? Not if the technique of diffusion-tensor imaging is used, according to a study published August 6 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Delayed breast cancer surgery not tied to worse outcomes
August 7, 2020 -- Women with early-stage breast cancer who had to delay surgery due to the novel coronavirus pandemic are unlikely to experience worse survival rates, according to the findings of a study published on August 6 in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.  Discuss
Radiology education in the COVID-19 era
August 7, 2020 -- The COVID-19 pandemic has had wide-ranging effects on radiology, from lower procedure volumes to major changes in workspaces and scanning rooms to keep patients and staff safe. In this webinar, three radiology educators discuss how they restructured their radiologist training programs in response to the pandemic.  Discuss
Is DBT cost-effective? It depends on where you live
August 7, 2020 -- Whether digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is more effective than digital mammography for breast screening may depend on the country. An August 4 study in Radiology found that DBT was largely cost-effective at a threshold of $38,500 per life-year gained -- but not at $20,000 per life-year gained.  Discuss