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Studies question link between contact sports and CTE
August 10, 2018 -- Are concerns about the brain health of professional athletes who played contact sports overblown? That's the implication of a new study that found no signs of brain abnormalities on MRI scans of former hockey and football players that would suggest the presence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).  Discuss
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 69: When the Hippocratic oath doesn't count
August 10, 2018 -- Sure, the Hippocratic oath is great and all, but there are times when it takes a back seat to other concerns in today's real-world hospital. Andy and Priya find out one of them while watching their favorite TV show in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend.  Discuss
3 reasons why trauma injuries are missed on whole-body CT
August 9, 2018 -- There are three major characteristics that predict which patients presenting with multiple traumatic injuries will have their injury overlooked on a whole-body CT exam, according to an August 7 article in Radiology. Identifying these risk factors early could help improve injury detection.  Discuss
AI characterizes complex mood disorders from fMRI
August 9, 2018 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm can distinguish patients with major depressive disorder from those who have bipolar disorder based on an analysis of functional MRI (fMRI) studies, according to research published online August 6 in Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica.  Discuss
Variation in CT, MRI protocols can be reduced
August 8, 2018 -- Researchers from Boston successfully cut by almost one-third the number of CT and MRI protocols being used in their health network. They believe the streamlining will lead to more consistent patient care with less waste, according to an article published online August 3 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Australian reactor to resume Mo-99 shipments this week
August 8, 2018 -- Shipments of the key radioisotope molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) should begin again this week from an Australian nuclear reactor after a shutdown that began in June, according to the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization.  Discuss
3D-printed hips may improve complex fracture diagnosis
August 8, 2018 -- Radiology residents who examined 3D-printed models of an acetabular fracture based on hip CT scans had a marked improvement in their understanding of the condition, according to an article published online recently in Academic Radiology. This could benefit the accuracy of their diagnostic reports.  Discuss
Ultrasound elastography helps identify invasive breast cancer
August 8, 2018 -- Ultrasound using a shear-wave elastography technique can help clinicians determine whether biopsy-confirmed ductal carcinoma in situ should be upgraded to invasive ductal carcinoma, according to a study published online August 1 in the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.  Discuss
8 ways to combat radiologist burnout
August 7, 2018 -- Burnout rates among radiologists have climbed rapidly in recent years, posing a threat to patient care. Fortunately, there are a number of strategies radiologists and radiology practices can take to prevent or treat this dangerous condition, according to a report published online August 1 in Academic Radiology.  Discuss
Women dubious about risk-based breast cancer screening
August 7, 2018 -- Women are skeptical about risk-based breast cancer screening protocols, according to a study published online July 31 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Using a screening framework based on a woman's individual risk is a relatively new idea, and women's views on this type of protocol are unclear, the researchers noted.  Discuss
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