RADIOLOGY NEWS
Prehydration not needed before contrast CT of kidneys
February 18, 2020 -- Prehydrating patients with chronic kidney disease before they undergo a contrast-enhanced CT exam has been the standard of care for years. But new research suggests that the practice results in unnecessary costs with few patient benefits. The findings were published online on February 17 in JAMA Internal Medicine.  Discuss
Amyloid PET results prompt adults to rethink their future
February 18, 2020 -- When PET scans reveal elevated amyloid levels in cognitively normal older adults, the prospect of possibly progressing to Alzheimer's disease prompts many of them to reconsider their future priorities.  Discuss
Can ultrasound, 3D printing deepen maternal-fetal bonds?
February 18, 2020 -- When a pregnant woman sees her fetus on imaging scans, it can help strengthen the bond she feels with her unborn child, say researchers. They demonstrate how 3D-printed models based on ultrasound scans confirmed this concept in a study published online on February 8 in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing.  Discuss
Old CT image shows screw in 5-year-old's jaw, ends in surgery
February 18, 2020 -- A mother in Colorado is considering suing after she discovered a CT image that showed a large screw embedded in the jaw of her 5-year-old daughter, which likely was left there during a surgery when she was an infant, according to news reports.  Discuss
Ultrasound identifies kids at risk of CF liver disease
February 18, 2020 -- Ultrasound can help clinicians identify children with cystic fibrosis (CF) who are at risk for developing cystic fibrosis liver disease, according to a study published online February 12 in the Journal of Pediatrics.  Discuss
Which ultrasound method is best for DVT? All of them
February 17, 2020 -- Three different compression ultrasound methods all performed well for imaging deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in a study published online on February 11 by PLOS One. The failure rates for single limited, serial limited, and whole-leg ultrasound ranged from 1% to 2%.  Discuss
CT lung screening risk models optimize nodule management
February 14, 2020 -- Risk prediction models can differentiate between benign and malignant nodules detected on CT lung cancer screening exams more accurately than current clinical guidelines, underscoring the potential value of the models for lung nodule management, according to a study published online February 14 in JAMA Network Open.  Discuss
Being active may improve radiation therapy outcomes
February 14, 2020 -- Patients who are physically active before they undergo thoracic radiation therapy may have better outcomes, according to study results delivered at a meeting on the cardiovascular care of oncology patients held by the American College of Cardiology.  Discuss
AI improves reader performance for ABUS studies
February 14, 2020 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm could potentially help radiologists and other physicians improve their ability to classify lesions on automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) exams, according to research published online February 12 in Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.  Discuss
Coronavirus toll surges after sanction of CT diagnosis
February 13, 2020 -- The number of new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in China hit roughly 15,000 within the past 24 hours alone, a major increase, according to news reports. The surge follows a decision by Chinese officials to expand the diagnostic criteria for COVID-19 to include cases diagnosed with CT.  Discuss