Are amyloid PET scans ready for the clinical setting?
June 15, 2018 -- The use of PET scans to confirm the presence of dementia-inducing amyloid plaque in the brain may be ready for routine clinical use, based on a prospective study published online June 11 in JAMA Neurology. Researchers found that both positive and negative results influenced the diagnosis and treatment of patients with and without dementia.  Discuss
Ultrasound links meat allergen to heart disease
June 15, 2018 -- Using intravascular ultrasound, researchers from the U.S. National Institutes of Health have found a link between sensitivity to an allergen in red meat and plaque buildup in the heart's arteries, according to a study published online June 14 in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology.  Discuss
Are good intentions good enough for reducing CT dose?
June 15, 2018 -- CT radiation dose has been the target of a variety of recommendations, protocols, and guidelines designed to reduce how much dose patients receive. But despite good intentions, radiology may not be doing all it can to reduce CT radiation dose, according to a June 12 opinion article in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
People want cancer screening, despite pitfalls
June 14, 2018 -- A new study found that individuals had a strong preference for cancer screening exams even after they were told the potential harm of screening would outweigh its benefit, according to a paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.  Discuss
Synthesized 2D mammo works well for density assessment
June 14, 2018 -- Breast density assessments rendered by radiologists from synthesized 2D digital breast tomosynthesis exams are comparable to those rendered from standard 2D mammography images, according to a study published online June 12 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Software eases clinical follow-up for radiologists
June 14, 2018 -- Interface engine software can enable radiologists to automatically receive clinical follow-up data on selected cases, facilitating self-assessment as well as the evaluation of biopsy yield and concordance with imaging findings, according to research published online June 12 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 65: TV show realism
June 14, 2018 -- How realistic are kids' TV shows? Especially when they cover medical topics? Andy and Ryan find at least one show that hits the nail on the head in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend.  Discuss
Stress echo beats CCTA for evaluating chest pain
June 13, 2018 -- Stress echocardiography is a safe method of evaluating chest pain in patients who present to the emergency department, resulting in lower rates of hospitalization and shorter hospital stays when compared with coronary CT angiography (CCTA), according to a study published online June 13 in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging.  Discuss
Cinematic rendering sheds light on abdominal pathology
June 13, 2018 -- Cinematic rendering may help improve preoperative planning for complex surgeries in the stomach and kidneys by enhancing the surface detail of abdominal CT scans, according to research recently published online in Abdominal Radiology and the Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography.  Discuss
4 ways consumerism will affect women's health practices
June 13, 2018 -- The rise of consumerism in healthcare is a growing trend, affecting everything from data ownership to patient-centered healthcare technology. In this article, Jef Williams and Barbara Smith of Paragon Consulting Partners discuss four ways in which women's healthcare practices will have to change to meet new patient demands.  Discuss
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