Low-energy scanning methods cut CT contrast dose
April 10, 2019 -- Using dual-energy CT or simply lowering the tube voltage of standard CT can enable a 25% reduction in contrast dose for CT exams without altering image quality -- uncovering the potential for hospital-wide cost savings, according to an article published online April 9 in Radiology.  Discuss
fMRI links imaging biomarker to PTSD treatment response
April 10, 2019 -- Using functional MRI (fMRI), researchers have observed abnormal patterns of brain activity in patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that can predict a poorer response to therapy, according to two studies published online April 3 in Science Translational Medicine.  Discuss
7T MRI shows path to MS progression
April 9, 2019 -- Add another clue for unraveling the mystery that is multiple sclerosis (MS). After using 7-tesla MRI to assess lesions in the brain's gray matter, researchers have found that the imaging technique could predict progression of the debilitating disease, according to a study published online April 9 in Radiology.  Discuss
AIUM: Ultrasound ergonomics key to quality care
April 9, 2019 -- ORLANDO, FL - Ultrasound ergonomics is key to quality patient care because if sonographers aren't healthy, the quality of their service suffers, according to a presentation Monday at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) meeting.  Discuss
The value of the CIIP: Part 3 -- Radiologist support
April 9, 2019 -- The healthcare industry trend to consolidate enterprise IT support can result in unmet departmental needs and increased costs if subject matter experts aren't available to help clinicians. In the third installment of his article series, certified imaging informatics professional (CIIP) Luke Bideaux shows how a CIIP's skills in radiologist support can positively affect operational outcomes and help avoid costly system overhauls.  Discuss
ACP pushes breast cancer screening start from 40 to 50
April 8, 2019 -- The American College of Physicians (ACP) has shifted its guidance on breast screening to a more conservative approach. The ACP is now recommending that women should start breast cancer screening at the age of 50, not 40, and attend every other year, according to new guidance published April 8 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  Discuss
AIUM: QUS shows promise for diagnostic ultrasound
April 8, 2019 -- ORLANDO, FL - Quantitative ultrasound (QUS) shows promise as an emerging mode for clinical ultrasound, offering more specific data compared with conventional ultrasound exams, according to a lecture delivered Monday at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) meeting.  Discuss
3 ways cinematic rendering helps visualize the spleen
April 8, 2019 -- Cinematic rendering allowed radiologists from Johns Hopkins University to uncover key features of spleen anatomy and pathology not evident on conventional CT scans -- carving out yet another niche role for the technique, which they detailed in an article recently published online in Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging.  Discuss
Are too many patients getting MRI scans for back pain?
April 8, 2019 -- Too many patients may be getting MRI scans for lower back pain, according to a study published in the April issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology. The researchers tracked the number of MRI scans performed before conservative treatment takes place, a practice considered to be a sign of inappropriate use.  Discuss
SBI: Don't overlook men when it comes to breast cancer
April 8, 2019 -- The incidence of male breast cancer is rising, making it important to recognize risk factors and assess imaging use patterns to find the disease early, according to research presented April 5 at the Society for Breast Imaging (SBI) meeting in Hollywood, FL.  Discuss
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