Do more CT scans lead to more kidney surgeries?
January 9, 2018 -- The higher the number of chest or abdominal CT exams in a hospital referral region, the greater the probability that patients will undergo a renal procedure, likely due to the incidental detection of renal masses, according to a study published online December 26 in JAMA Internal Medicine.  Discuss
Doctors who order fewer CTPA scans detect more PE
January 8, 2018 -- Turns out that less really is more. Canadian researchers are reporting that doctors who order fewer CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA) scans for pulmonary embolism (PE) actually have a higher rate of successfully detecting the condition, according to a letter published online January 8 in JAMA Internal Medicine.  Discuss
Sonoelastography is effective for diagnosing golfer's elbow
January 8, 2018 -- Real-time sonoelastography is a useful tool for diagnosing medial epicondylitis, or golfer's elbow, according to research presented by a team from South Korea at the recent RSNA 2017 meeting in Chicago.
Geography, lack of specialization hinder imaging access
January 5, 2018 -- Counties that are poor and rural are less likely to have access to a radiologist who accepts Medicare patients than counties that are richer and urban. These same counties are also less likely to have access to subspecialized radiologists, according to a study published online January 2 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
MRI links function of brain networks to IQ
January 5, 2018 -- A person's intelligence could soon be confirmed with an MRI scan to assess how well connected and functional his or her neurological networks are, according to a study published in the January issue of Neuron.  Discuss
UC Davis group reports progress on total-body PET/CT
January 5, 2018 -- Researchers at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) report continued progress on their development of a total-body PET/CT scanner designed to image patients in less than one minute, in an article in the January issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss
Cancer deaths continue to fall, but CT lung screening lags
January 4, 2018 -- In its annual report on cancer, the American Cancer Society reported that cancer mortality in the U.S. declined by 26% over the past 20 years. But gains in lung cancer survival are being slowed because so few individuals who are eligible for CT lung cancer screening actually undergo the scans.  Discuss
What are the risks of risk-based breast cancer screening?
January 4, 2018 -- Could a breast cancer screening protocol based solely on a woman's risk factors -- rather than her age as is currently the norm with population-based screening -- result in delayed detection for many women? Yes, according to a study published in the January issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
AIUM publishes guidance for improving ob/gyn US
January 4, 2018 -- The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) has released guidelines for improving the use of ultrasound in obstetrics and gynecology, in both clinical practice and residency training.  Discuss
CT dose tracking highlights differences among kids in ER
January 3, 2018 -- Radiation dose tracking software revealed that children who had CT scans in the emergency room (ER) of separate hospitals in Finland received considerably different radiation doses for head and cervical spine CT exams, according to a study published in Emergency Radiology.  Discuss