MICI Q2: Cautious optimism prevails in radiology
June 7, 2019 -- Radiology administrators are cautiously optimistic about their prospects for the second quarter of 2019. But concerns about pre-authorization for imaging studies and the growing migration of imaging exams to outpatient facilities is causing concern, according to the latest numbers from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI).  Discuss
AR headsets speed transition from 2D to 3D in liver imaging
June 6, 2019 -- Radiologists wearing augmented reality (AR) headsets were able to accurately identify liver tumors on virtual 3D models four times faster than on conventional MRI scans. Researchers believe that AR could speed the transformation of 2D to 3D imaging.  Discuss
CAD software helps stratify risk in lung cancer patients
June 6, 2019 -- By measuring the percentage of pulmonary fibrosis on CT exams in lung cancer patients, computer-aided detection (CAD) software can also detect and quantify the extent of interstitial lung abnormalities and help in risk stratification of these patients, according to research published online June 4 in Radiology.  Discuss
Ultrasound shows heart disease risk from psoriasis
June 6, 2019 -- Ultrasound imaging of the carotid arteries can help identify patients with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis who are at increased risk for heart disease by revealing the extent of clogging in patients' arteries, according to a new study published online June 5 in Arthritis & Rheumatology.  Discuss
Beware of bias when it comes to residency candidates
June 5, 2019 -- The physical appearance of radiology residency candidates in their application photographs could affect whether they're asked for an interview, according to a study published May 28 in Academic Medicine.  Discuss
Escape room helps millennial radiologists gain skills
June 5, 2019 -- Want to get your new millennial residents learning about radiology -- and bonding as they come into your program? Try using an escape room activity, according to a new study published online May 31 in Academic Radiology.  Discuss
Report: SEC looking into charges of bribery in China
June 4, 2019 -- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is looking into charges that some of the largest multinational OEMs of medical imaging equipment allegedly paid bribes to government officials in China to secure equipment sales, according to an article published June 4 in Reuters.  Discuss
Surveillance breast MRI is double-edged sword
June 4, 2019 -- Using breast MRI for the surveillance of breast cancer survivors appears to be a double-edged sword. While breast MRI has a better cancer recurrence detection rate than mammography, the modality also can lead to more biopsies, according to a study published online June 4 in Radiology.  Discuss
Risk models boost efficiency of CT lung cancer screening
June 4, 2019 -- Integrating risk-prediction models into eligibility criteria for CT lung cancer screening could prevent up to 24% more cancer deaths than using guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, with no difference in the number of smokers screened, according to a report published June 3 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  Discuss
Do density notification laws lead to downstream testing?
June 4, 2019 -- Although the change is modest, supplemental breast imaging and biopsy rates increased in states that passed laws requiring patients to be notified if they have dense breast tissue, according to a study published online May 31 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.  Discuss
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