RADIOLOGY NEWS
Earlier breast screening shows mortality benefit
August 12, 2020 -- Starting breast cancer screening when women are in their 40s cut the risk of death by 25% at 10 years of follow-up, according to the findings of a study published August 12 in the Lancet Oncology. But the benefits of earlier screening were not statistically significant at later follow-up points.  Discuss
New technologies will drive MRI scanners of the future
August 12, 2020 -- If you could design the MRI scanner of the future, how would you do it? Tomorrow's MRI systems will use advanced coil arrays, novel sensors, new data acquisition techniques, and machine learning, according to a Tuesday plenary session of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine virtual meeting.  Discuss
Mobile mammo leads to early detection for vulnerable women
August 12, 2020 -- A mobile mammography program in Houston led to early breast cancer detection for women at risk of forgoing regular breast screening, according to the findings of a retrospective study published on August 4 in Academic Radiology.  Discuss
CNN cuts interpretation time for 4D flow cardiac MRI
August 12, 2020 -- Using a convolutional neural network (CNN) with 4D flow MRI slashes interpretation time for analyzing imaging data from pediatric patients with cardiac abnormalities, according to research delivered August 12 at the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine virtual conference.  Discuss
CMS postpones 'appropriate use' mandate past 2021
August 11, 2020 -- Clinicians ordering advanced imaging scans like CT, MRI, and PET in the Medicare system will no longer have to use appropriate use criteria (AUC) and decision support starting in 2021. On August 10, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said it was extending the testing period for AUC through the end of 2021.  Discuss
Abbreviated MRI rivals full protocol for breast imaging
August 11, 2020 -- The diagnostic performance of abbreviated MRI was comparable to the full protocol in a systematic review presented as a virtual poster at the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine annual meeting.  Discuss
Implantable hearing devices cause MRI safety concerns
August 11, 2020 -- Several hundred adverse events during MRI scans of patients with implantable hearing devices have occurred in the past decade, particularly in patients with cochlear implants, Belgian researchers are reporting at this week's International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine virtual conference.  Discuss
RF-induced heating poses MRI risk in patients with tattoos
August 11, 2020 -- The permanent tattoos of patients represent an important potential safety hazard during MRI, and the shape of the tattoo is the major factor in increasing the radiofrequency (RF) heating effects, researchers are reporting at the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine virtual conference.  Discuss
New radiotracer increases multiple myeloma survival
August 11, 2020 -- A new alpha-radioimmunotherapy agent, Pb-212-anti-CD38, prevented tumor growth and increased survival in multiple myeloma tumor-bearing mice, according to new research published in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss
Holographic anatomy program shifts gears after COVID-19
August 10, 2020 -- A program that uses holograms to teach human anatomy at Case Western Reserve University didn't miss a beat when COVID-19 hit in March. It distributed nearly 200 holographic headsets to students so they could continue learning at home, according to a talk at the Society for MR Radiographers & Technologists virtual meeting.  Discuss