Is the U.S. due for a shortage of SPECT tracers? Part 1
November 17, 2016 -- A perfect storm is brewing in the global SPECT market that could see the prices of radiopharmaceuticals skyrocket over the next five years. A number of factors are coalescing that could lead to a shortage of SPECT tracers for years to come, according to this article by Giananthony Rizzo of Decision Resources Group.  Discuss
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 13: Is there a doctor on the plane?
November 17, 2016 -- On their way to Chicago for RSNA 2016, Ryan and Andy encounter an emergency that's every air traveler's nightmare. Find out what happens in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend.  Discuss
DBT use grows, but barriers remain
November 16, 2016 -- Although digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) has become increasingly accepted as a clinical tool, access to the technology remains limited. In fact, while a third of U.S. radiology practices use it, only 11% of those that do are performing all mammograms with DBT, according to a study in the November Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
3 questions to shape the future of AI and radiology
November 16, 2016 -- The introduction of disruptive healthcare technologies rarely threatens the role of the clinician -- but radiology is fast becoming the exception. In this column, Dr. Christopher Austin of GE Healthcare suggests three questions that radiologists should ask themselves if they want to lead and not follow the changes that are coming.  Discuss
PET/CT of calcium forewarns of adverse cardiac event
November 15, 2016 -- Patients with a normal stress test but evidence of calcium in coronary arteries on PET/CT scans are not immune from a serious adverse cardiac event within a year, according to a study presented on Monday at the American Heart Association annual meeting in New Orleans.  Discuss
Can deep learning characterize breast tumors on SWE?
November 15, 2016 -- Deep learning can accurately differentiate benign and malignant breast tumors on ultrasound shear-wave elastography (SWE) and outperform methods typically used in computer-aided diagnosis software, according to research published in the December issue of Ultrasonics.  Discuss
4D CT of subtalar joint aids ankle instability assessment
November 14, 2016 -- Dynamic quantitative CT with a 320-detector-row scanner of the subtalar joint offers detailed analysis of joint motion with a tiny radiation dose, revealing strong potential for the assessment of ankle instability, the authors of a new study conclude in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
PACS can shorten hospital stays, but challenges remain
November 14, 2016 -- PACS not only improves efficiency and clinical decision-making but also shortens hospital stays, a study from Saudi Arabia has found. Major challenges to PACS usage remain, however, particularly the time taken to find images, recurrent system downtime, and insufficient training.  Discuss
EQUIP: The FDA's new breast image quality program
November 14, 2016 -- In its ongoing efforts to improve breast cancer detection rates, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it plans to use its Mammography Quality Standards Act inspection program to increase mammography image quality through a new venture it's calling Enhancing Quality Using the Inspection Program (EQUIP).  Discuss
Math functions add color, detail to ultrasound images
November 11, 2016 -- Can mathematical functions from 19th-century France help improve the quality of ultrasound images today? Researchers from the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY, say they can, serving as the basis for a method that uses color coding to reveal fine details that have previously been obscured.  Discuss