RADIOLOGY NEWS
High calcium density on CCTA linked to lower risk of ACS
January 22, 2020 -- High levels of plaque calcification on coronary CT angiography (CCTA) scans were associated with a lower risk of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and adverse cardiac events for individuals suspected of having heart disease in an international study published online January 22 in JAMA Cardiology.  Discuss
Deep learning of x-rays helps predict pulmonary blood flow
January 22, 2020 -- A deep-learning algorithm that analyzed chest x-rays was able to predict pulmonary to systemic blood flow just as well as clinicians. The finding could give healthcare providers a better way to determine which patients with congenital heart disease require intervention, according to a January 22 article in JAMA Cardiology.  Discuss
Unique PET/CT video shows real-time blood, cardiac motion
January 22, 2020 -- U.S. and Chinese researchers have combined an advanced image reconstruction method with a total-body PET scanner to track real-time blood flow and heart and respiratory function, according to a study published online January 20 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  Discuss
Experts reaffirm safety of contrast use for kidney CT
January 21, 2020 -- Concerns over the potential harms associated with intravenous iodinated contrast CT for kidney disease have been overstated, according to a series of consensus statements from the American College of Radiology and the National Kidney Foundation published online January 21 in Radiology.  Discuss
Education affects follow-up for CT lung screening exams
January 21, 2020 -- Individuals with higher education are most likely to have appropriate follow-up of incidental findings after CT lung cancer screening, according to a study published online January 10 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
FDA finalizes easier rules for CADe software
January 21, 2020 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalized rules that make it easier for developers of computer-aided detection (CADe) software to win regulatory clearance for their products. Certain CADe products can now be classified as class II devices.  Discuss
Coding changes that will impact radiology practices in 2020
January 21, 2020 -- With the new year comes the annual revision of Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes that practices have to be aware of. Fortunately for diagnostic radiology, the changes for 2020 are relatively few, according to Erin Stephens of Healthcare Administrative Partners.  Discuss
Point-of-care photos of patients enhance portable x-ray
January 20, 2020 -- Taking patient photographs at the point of care to attach them to portable radiographs is technically feasible and also confers numerous advantages for patient care, according to a study published in the January edition of American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
AI can accurately classify cerebral aneurysm rupture status
January 17, 2020 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm is able to classify the rupture status of cerebral aneurysms with a promising level of accuracy, even outperforming experienced neurosurgeons, according to research published January 15 in Radiology: Artificial Intelligence.  Discuss
Most lung vaping cases linked to informal sources of THC
January 17, 2020 -- The recent outbreak of lung disease linked to vaping appears to be most prevalent in people who vaped THC-containing products obtained from informal sources, such as family, dealers, and online, according to a new report released on January 14 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Discuss