New opportunities emerge for AI in medical imaging
August 13, 2018 -- The promise of artificial intelligence (AI) for medical image analysis may draw most of the attention, but AI has the potential to enhance the entire medical imaging process and enable "intelligent" imaging systems, according to market research firm Frost & Sullivan.  Discuss
Prescan tutorial eases patient concerns about PET/CT
August 13, 2018 -- Giving patients knowledge of what to expect from an upcoming FDG-PET/CT scan can go a long way toward helping them to relax and improving their experience, according to a study published online August 3 in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology.  Discuss
Project links state and national patient data registries
August 13, 2018 -- Data from the American College of Radiology's National Mammography Database and data from state cancer registries can be successfully linked, which suggests that researchers could get a better sense of the performance of screening mammography, according to a study published online August 9 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Is chest x-ray overused for patients on ventilation?
August 10, 2018 -- Many patients undergoing mechanical ventilation continue to receive daily chest x-rays, despite the publication of guidelines discouraging their use. On the positive side, the use of chest x-rays in these patients has declined from 2008 to 2014, according to an August 10 paper in JAMA Network Open.  Discuss
Is radiation therapy warranted for DCIS postlumpectomy?
August 10, 2018 -- Researchers have found that radiation therapy after lumpectomy in women with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) reduces cumulative breast cancer mortality rates by 25%, compared with treatments that do not include radiation. The results were published online August 10 in JAMA Network Open.  Discuss
Studies question link between contact sports and CTE
August 10, 2018 -- Are concerns about the brain health of professional athletes who played contact sports overblown? That's the implication of a new study that found no signs of brain abnormalities on MRI scans of former hockey and football players that would suggest the presence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).  Discuss
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 69: When the Hippocratic oath doesn't count
August 10, 2018 -- Sure, the Hippocratic oath is great and all, but there are times when it takes a back seat to other concerns in today's real-world hospital. Andy and Priya find out one of them while watching their favorite TV show in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend.  Discuss
3 reasons why trauma injuries are missed on whole-body CT
August 9, 2018 -- There are three major characteristics that predict which patients presenting with multiple traumatic injuries will have their injury overlooked on a whole-body CT exam, according to an August 7 article in Radiology. Identifying these risk factors early could help improve injury detection.  Discuss
AI characterizes complex mood disorders from fMRI
August 9, 2018 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm can distinguish patients with major depressive disorder from those who have bipolar disorder based on an analysis of functional MRI (fMRI) studies, according to research published online August 6 in Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica.  Discuss
Variation in CT, MRI protocols can be reduced
August 8, 2018 -- Researchers from Boston successfully cut by almost one-third the number of CT and MRI protocols being used in their health network. They believe the streamlining will lead to more consistent patient care with less waste, according to an article published online August 3 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
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