MRI offers view of liver fat loss in obese patients
December 18, 2018 -- Getting an MRI scan won't help you lose weight, but the modality can be useful in determining the success of bariatric surgery in combination with a very low-calorie diet. A specialized MRI sequence helped track the success of bariatric surgery in a study published online December 18 in Radiology.  Discuss
CCTA reveals statins may lower mortality in low-risk CAD
December 18, 2018 -- Statin therapy can help mitigate the risk of death in patients with nonobstructive coronary artery disease (CAD), even in those with the lowest levels of calcium and atherosclerosis evident on coronary CT angiography (CCTA) scans, according to an article recently published online in PLOS One.  Discuss
AI could bring ultralow-dose imaging to amyloid PET
December 18, 2018 -- With the help of artificial intelligence (AI), researchers have developed a way to generate diagnostic-quality images from PET/MR scans to detect amyloid deposits with considerably less radiotracer dose. Their findings were published online December 11 in Radiology.  Discuss
Report: Ky. black lung law targets 1 radiologist
December 18, 2018 -- A law passed in Kentucky earlier this year that stripped radiologists of the right to interpret x-rays of coal miners who may have black lung disease was actually targeted at a single radiologist who has been instrumental in documenting the resurgence of black lung in central Appalachia.  Discuss
Life-size 3D-printed 'human' primed for radiation therapy
December 18, 2018 -- Researchers from Louisiana have created a 3D-printed full-body phantom that clinicians can use to test radiation therapy protocols as a way to improve dosing for radiation therapy during cancer treatment.  Discuss
Rural facilities have harder time retaining IRs
December 17, 2018 -- Small hospitals and rural communities have a harder time than their urban counterparts when it comes to recruiting and retaining interventional radiologists (IRs) and meeting interventional service demands, according to a study published online December 11 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
New algorithm overcomes imaging AI challenges
December 17, 2018 -- Researchers have developed a new artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm designed to address two of the biggest challenges in imaging AI: its "black box" nature and the need for large amounts of image data to train the models, according to a study published online December 17 in Nature Biomedical Engineering.  Discuss
Why credit card security is important for medical practices
December 17, 2018 -- Is your radiology practice doing all it can to safeguard patient information when accepting debit or credit card payments? In a new column, Sandy Coffta of Healthcare Administrative Partners suggests some steps you can take to make sure financial data from your patients is secure.  Discuss
CT lung screening cuts cancer mortality 51% in Japan
December 14, 2018 -- In a new large-scale trial of CT lung cancer screening, researchers are reporting that screening reduced the risk of lung cancer mortality by 51% compared with x-ray screening in a Japanese population that included low-risk individuals and nonsmokers. Their findings were published online December 12 in the Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology.  Discuss
U.K. study underscores mammography's effectiveness
December 14, 2018 -- Breast cancer screening with digital mammography is effective at finding life-threatening cancers early without increasing recall rates, according to a study published December 11 in Radiology. The findings offer further evidence of the benefits of routine screening mammography.  Discuss
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