3D virtual heart helps pinpoint irregular heartbeat
September 14, 2018 -- Researchers from Johns Hopkins University used a proprietary 3D virtual heart simulator to preoperatively identify areas of cardiac tissue that required surgical treatment for an irregular heartbeat, according to an article recently published in Nature Biomedical Engineering. The method may improve cardiac ablation procedures. Read More
High-risk women benefit from twice-yearly breast MRI
September 14, 2018 -- Women at high genetic risk for breast cancer benefit more from twice-yearly dynamic contrast-enhanced breast MRI than from annual mammography, according to research published online August 28 in Clinical Cancer Research. Read More
3 CTA signs show which stroke patients can skip surgery
September 13, 2018 -- There are three key characteristics evident on CT angiography (CTA) scans that show clot-busting drugs are working to restore blood flow in stroke patients, according to a September 11 article in the Journal of the American Medical Association. These patients can thus avoid referral for surgical clot removal. Read More
Don't underestimate financial cost of exam no-shows
September 13, 2018 -- Missed imaging appointments are costly for radiology departments, affecting not only a department's bottom line but also patient care, according to a study published in the September issue of Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology. Read More
Study claims breast screening does not reduce mortality
September 13, 2018 -- The findings of a new Danish-Norwegian study are reviving the claim that the recent drop in breast cancer mortality is not due to mammography screening but rather the result of improved treatment. The authors assert it's time to consider alternatives to mammography screening -- such as breast palpation by physicians. Read More
Prostate MRI coverage varies greatly -- with many caveats
September 13, 2018 -- Insurance coverage for prostate MRI scans varies widely among private payors, requires certain conditions for reimbursement of major conditions, and does not reflect current clinical practice. Those harsh conclusions are contained in a new study published online September 11 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Read More
Wearable ultrasound device monitors blood pressure
September 13, 2018 -- A wearable ultrasound device monitors blood pressure in arteries deep under the skin and could help clinicians detect cardiovascular problems earlier, according to a study published online September 11 in Nature Biomedical Engineering. Read More
Research road map drives inquiry into gadolinium's effects
September 12, 2018 -- What's causing gadolinium retention after the use of gadolinium-based contrast agents for MRI scans? Even the most knowledgeable experts don't know for sure, but they hope to clear up some of the confusion with a new research road map unveiled September 11 in a special report published in Radiology. Read More
C-MIMI: AI automatically generates radiology impressions
September 12, 2018 -- SAN FRANCISCO - A deep-learning artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm can automatically summarize the key findings of radiology reports for x-ray images nearly as well as radiologists can, according to a Monday presentation at the Conference on Machine Intelligence in Medical Imaging (C-MIMI). Read More
Most women receive breast cancer diagnosis by phone
September 12, 2018 -- Most women who are diagnosed with breast cancer are notified over the phone, according to a study published online August 7 in Supportive Care in Cancer. Read More
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