RADIOLOGY NEWS
Group reveals work on hybrid acoustic-optical imaging
June 19, 2018 -- Researchers from the California Institute of Technology have developed an imaging technique that combines optical with acoustic imaging. They believe it could someday offer a viable alternative to screening mammography, according to a paper published online June 15 in Nature Communications.  Discuss
6 Steps to Radiology: Part 1 -- Where do I sign up?
June 18, 2018 -- 6 Steps to Radiology is a series of six articles that will run throughout the 2018-2019 academic year to help medical students find their ideal radiology residency program. In our first article, Dr. Tan-Lucien Hassan Mohammed of the University of Florida offers tips for polishing your application.  Discuss
Patient outreach may boost uptake for CT lung screening
June 18, 2018 -- Amidst disappointing uptake of CT lung cancer screening, one group of researchers was able to buck the trend within a U.S. Veterans Affairs health network. The key? Bolstering outreach to eligible smokers, according to an article in the June American Journal of Managed Care.  Discuss
Radiology research diversity could use improvement
June 18, 2018 -- Incentives are needed to promote greater diversity and the inclusion of women among radiologist researchers, according to a study published online June 13 in Academic Radiology.  Discuss
MedPAC proposes imaging payment cuts in June report
June 15, 2018 -- The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has proposed reimbursement cuts to specialties -- including radiology -- of almost 4%, while increasing payments for services such as clinician and hospital outpatient visits by 10%.  Discuss
U.S. finalizes tariff list of Chinese products
June 15, 2018 -- As expected, the Trump administration has formalized its plans to impose tariffs on a wide variety of products manufactured in China. Effective July 6, more than 800 products -- including a range of medical imaging technologies -- will be hit with 25% import tariffs.  Discuss
Value of AAA screening drops as smoking declines
June 15, 2018 -- Mortality from abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) has dropped sharply over the past two decades, thanks to lower smoking rates -- and this trend is reducing the value of ultrasound AAA screening programs, according to a large Swedish study published in the Lancet.  Discuss
Are amyloid PET scans ready for the clinical setting?
June 15, 2018 -- The use of PET scans to confirm the presence of dementia-inducing amyloid plaque in the brain may be ready for routine clinical use, based on a prospective study published online June 11 in JAMA Neurology. Researchers found that both positive and negative results influenced the diagnosis and treatment of patients with and without dementia.  Discuss
Ultrasound links meat allergen to heart disease
June 15, 2018 -- Using intravascular ultrasound, researchers from the U.S. National Institutes of Health have found a link between sensitivity to an allergen in red meat and plaque buildup in the heart's arteries, according to a study published online June 14 in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology.  Discuss
Are good intentions good enough for reducing CT dose?
June 15, 2018 -- CT radiation dose has been the target of a variety of recommendations, protocols, and guidelines designed to reduce how much dose patients receive. But despite good intentions, radiology may not be doing all it can to reduce CT radiation dose, according to a June 12 opinion article in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
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