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Which test is best for excluding PE during pregnancy?
July 24, 2018 -- Which is the superior imaging study to exclude pulmonary embolism (PE) in pregnant women: CT pulmonary angiography or lung scintigraphy ventilation/perfusion scans? A systematic review published July 18 in the Annals of Emergency Medicine put both exams through their paces. Read More
MRI matches CT for appendicitis -- and without radiation
July 24, 2018 -- When used to diagnose and confirm cases of acute appendicitis in the emergency department, MRI can provide the same efficacy as CT without the risk of radiation exposure for patients, according to a study published in the August issue of Radiology. The findings support the use of MRI first for some patients. Read More
Radiologist factors influence mammography recall rates
July 24, 2018 -- Factors associated with radiologists -- such as their annual reading volume and experience -- can affect breast cancer screening recall rates just as much as patient characteristics such as age or breast tissue density, according to a study published online July 20 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Read More
Radiology residents run in middle of salary pack
July 24, 2018 -- While experienced, board-certified radiologists are among the highest-paid medical specialists, that status apparently doesn't extend to radiology trainees. A new survey found that radiology residents land in the middle of the pack when it comes to annual compensation. Read More
AHRA: 4 ways to avoid lawsuits in radiology
July 23, 2018 -- Getting sued certainly isn't on the list of a radiology professional's goals. But the fact is, sometimes patients do bring suits. While it may not be possible to completely dodge litigation, small daily actions can go a long way toward staying out of court, according to a talk at the AHRA's annual meeting this week in Orlando, FL. Read More
Breast cancer patients face financial burdens
July 23, 2018 -- A diagnosis of breast cancer may not cause the physical ruin it once did, thanks to improvements in early detection and treatment. But it can cause financial devastation, which can be just as damaging, according to a study published online July 23 in Cancer. Read More
NIH issues huge database of CT scans for AI testing
July 20, 2018 -- Following its recent release of a massive database of chest x-rays, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has now made nearly 10,600 CT scans publicly available to support the development and testing of artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms for medical applications. Read More
Australian agency orders review of Mo-99 procedures
July 20, 2018 -- An Australian government agency has ordered a review of radiation safety procedures at another federal agency in charge of running the nuclear reactor that was forced to stop shipments of the radioisotope molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) last month. The halt has spurred an ongoing shortage of important radiopharmaceuticals in the country. Read More
CSF may be gadolinium's route to the brain
July 20, 2018 -- A study published in the August issue of Radiology offers further evidence of a mechanism for gadolinium deposition in the brain after the administration of MRI contrast. Researchers detected gadolinium accumulation in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) -- even in patients with an undamaged blood-brain barrier and normal renal function. Read More
CT scans may be linked to brain cancer in kids
July 20, 2018 -- Could exposure to CT radiation increase the risk of brain tumors in kids? Yes, say researchers from the Netherlands, who reported a 1.5-fold increase in cancer incidence for children in an article published online July 18 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Read More
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