RADIOLOGY NEWS
DTI-MRI ties lack of fitness to cognitive decline
February 16, 2018 -- With the aid of diffusion-tensor MR imaging (DTI-MRI), researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have discovered that a lack of physical fitness can lead to deteriorated nerve fibers in the brain and eventually cognitive decline, according to a study published in the February issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.  Discuss
Eye tracking helps assess anesthesiologists' US skill
February 16, 2018 -- Eye-tracking technology has the potential to monitor the progress of trainee anesthesiologists as they improve their expertise in interpreting ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia images, according to a study in the February issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.  Discuss
How can radiologists prepare for future of AI?
February 16, 2018 -- Yes, artificial intelligence (AI) will likely be a useful adjunct for radiologists and increase their productivity. But AI's greatest effect may be to usher in a new role for radiologists as information managers, according to an article published online February 2 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Havana embassy case baffles clinicians -- despite MRI
February 15, 2018 -- What caused a series of mysterious illnesses among diplomatic personnel at the U.S. embassy in Havana in 2016 and 2017? A study published February 15 in the Journal of the American Medical Association hints at symptoms similar to concussion but without evidence of trauma. And MRI scans were unable to shed light on the mystery.  Discuss
Room for improvement in making MRI scans less noisy
February 15, 2018 -- In the effort to reduce noise in MRI scans, a variety of new technologies have been introduced. Researchers from New Zealand assessed one of these technologies in a study published in the February American Journal of Roentgenology and found it may be suited for T1-weighted MRI but not MR angiography.  Discuss
MICI Q1: Payor pressure weighs on radiology managers
February 15, 2018 -- Despite the growing economy, reimbursement pressure from payors -- particularly Medicare -- continues to weigh heavily on the minds of radiology administrators and managers, according to numbers for the first quarter of 2018 in the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI).  Discuss
U.S. health spending to approach 20% of GDP by 2026
February 14, 2018 -- U.S. healthcare spending will see a relatively modest increase over the next decade -- but even so, the growth means that the country will spend nearly 20% of its gross domestic product (GDP) on healthcare by 2026, according to an analysis from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published online February 14 in Health Affairs.  Discuss
2D/3D hybrid interface refreshes diagnostic imaging
February 14, 2018 -- A new display interface for radiology workstations combines virtual reality with a traditional 2D interface to provide simultaneous 2D and 3D visualization of medical images. Using it helped radiologists improve their diagnostic performance in a study published in the February issue of the Journal of Digital Imaging.  Discuss
Is virtual reality in radiology becoming a reality?
February 14, 2018 -- Virtual reality is by no means a new technology, but recent developments have given it new life, enabling it to spread from gaming and consumer markets into industries such as manufacturing and healthcare. Will the healthcare move be hard? Ulrik Kristensen of Signify Research offers a perspective.  Discuss
The gig economy and the virtual healthcare executive
February 14, 2018 -- The rise of the gig economy is changing how we consume everything from vacation rentals to transportation. Is healthcare next? Ray Plummer from Skinner and Associates sees rising interest in virtual healthcare executives as an example of how the gig economy could be coming to a hospital near you.  Discuss
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