RADIOLOGY NEWS
Study casts fresh doubt on chest x-ray proficiency
October 3, 2017 -- New research has raised serious concerns about the accuracy of chest x-ray interpretations in acute care by nonradiologists. To avoid harm to patients, the Iranian authors emphasize the urgent need for better worldwide training in this area.  Discuss
Rad-Aid and the search for meaning in retirement
October 2, 2017 -- What do airships, 747s, William Shatner, radiology, and giving back have in common? Semiretired radiologist Dr. Sam Friedman explains how these things are all connected -- and how he found meaning as he transitions away from the daily grind as a radiologist -- in this new column.  Discuss
Straight Talk From the PACSman: Hurricane PACS
October 2, 2017 -- If you've ever been through a real hurricane, you realize that preparation is key. Writing from central Florida, PACS consultant Michael J. Cannavo has had plenty of time to reflect on this fact, coming to the realization that PACS and hurricanes aren't so different after all.  Discuss
Implantable cardiac devices OK for MRI scans
October 2, 2017 -- Patients with implantable electronic cardiac devices need not worry about their MRI scan, even for chest imaging, according to a study published online September 28 in the Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology.  Discuss
Medical societies celebrate ultrasound awareness
October 2, 2017 -- Several medical societies are celebrating Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month to highlight awareness of the role sonographers play in the medical community and educate the public about medical ultrasound and its many uses.  Discuss
Former Hopkins radiologist gets prison time for fraud
September 29, 2017 -- A radiologist once employed at Johns Hopkins University has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison on four counts of mail fraud for submitting false travel expense reports to the university. Dr. Jean-Francois (Jeff) Geschwind will also serve three years of supervised release as a result of the plea agreement.  Discuss
Screening breast MRI alone OK for high-risk women
September 29, 2017 -- Women at high risk of breast cancer who are undergoing annual breast MRI screening can safely discontinue additional screening mammography, thus reducing their exposure to unnecessary radiation, according to a study published in the October issue of Radiology.  Discuss
Can MRI challenge CT in diagnosing appendicitis?
September 29, 2017 -- CT has long been the go-to tool for diagnosing appendicitis in kids, but concerns about radiation have radiologists exploring other modalities. Whether MRI could be one of these alternatives was the subject of a study published in the October issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
C-MIMI: FDA decision paves the way for imaging AI
September 28, 2017 -- BALTIMORE - A recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ruling will make it easier to commercialize artificial intelligence (AI) software for medical imaging applications, an FDA representative said at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine's Conference on Machine Intelligence in Medical Imaging (C-MIMI).  Discuss
PET, EEG show treatment effectiveness in comatose patient
September 28, 2017 -- Imagine being able to restore consciousness to a patient who has been comatose for 15 years. French researchers succeeded in accomplishing that goal, with the help of PET and electroencephalography (EEG) to confirm the efficacy of vagus nerve stimulation, according to a study published online in Current Biology.  Discuss