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3D VR models improve kidney-sparing surgery outcomes
September 19, 2019 -- Examining 3D virtual reality (VR) models during presurgical planning for robotic-assisted partial nephrectomy led to reductions in operating time, blood loss, and hospital length of stay compared with planning based on MRI and CT scans alone in a new study, published online September 18 in JAMA Network Open.  Discuss
ASTRO: Radiation therapy can calm rapid heart rhythm
September 19, 2019 -- Just one high dose of radiation to the heart can significantly reduce episodes of ventricular tachycardia, an irregular rapid heart rhythm that can be deadly, according to a study presented this week at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) meeting in Chicago.  Discuss
Shear-wave elastography tracks effects of knee surgery
September 19, 2019 -- Shear-wave elastography can help clinicians track the long-term effects of total knee arthroplasty, according to a study published online September 14 in Academic Radiology. The findings offer clinicians another option for patient follow-up after surgery, the researchers noted.  Discuss
Ultrasound could help assess bone health
September 19, 2019 -- A new ultrasound technique could help clinicians assess bone health and distinguish between tumors and healthy tissue, according to one study published in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America and another in Physics in Medicine & Biology.  Discuss
Fast MRI technique benefits kids with head trauma
September 18, 2019 -- Using a "fast" MR technique instead of CT for imaging clinically stable pediatric patients with suspected traumatic brain injury can accurately diagnose them without sedation or exposure to radiation, according to a study published September 18 in Pediatrics.  Discuss
Report: Millions of imaging studies left unsecure in U.S.
September 18, 2019 -- Medical images and related data for more than 5 million patients in the U.S. are publicly accessible on the internet, according to an investigative report published online September 17 by nonprofit journalism organization ProPublica and German public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk.  Discuss
FET-PET can be useful for glioma evaluations
September 18, 2019 -- When glioma results are inconclusive on MRI, clinicians should consider fluoroethyl-tyrosine (FET)-PET for more definitive results and to differentiate between tumor progression and treatment improvement, according to a study published online September 13 in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss
ProScan accused of submitting fraudulent MRI claims
September 17, 2019 -- A whistleblower lawsuit has alleged that Cincinnati-based imaging services provider ProScan submitted thousands of reimbursement claims to Medicare, Medicaid, and Tricare for MRI interpretations that were performed by physician assistants instead of radiologists.  Discuss
Mammography screening benefits high-risk men
September 17, 2019 -- Screening mammography benefits men at high risk of breast cancer, according to a study published online September 17 in Radiology. The findings support the establishment of screening guidelines for men at high-risk of the disease, the researchers noted.  Discuss
ASTRO: AI predicts side effects from radiation therapy
September 17, 2019 -- CHICAGO - Researchers developed an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm that was able to predict which patients were likely to experience side effects after radiation therapy for head and neck cancer, according to a study presented Monday at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) meeting.  Discuss
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