FDDNP-PET shows brain injury effects in military personnel
July 19, 2018 -- Researchers have found that changes in PET scans of military personnel with mild traumatic brain injury are similar to those seen in retired football players with suspected chronic traumatic encephalopathy, according to a study published online July 17 in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.  Discuss
Will getting a coding certification help your career?
July 19, 2018 -- There's a lot of talk in today's healthcare regulatory environment about the need for "certified" coders and the potential benefits to healthcare entities that employ these individuals. In a new column, Cindy Parman of Coding Strategies discusses some of the issues to consider when determining whether a coding certification is right for you.  Discuss
Geographic factors affect mammography uptake
July 19, 2018 -- Use of mammography screening services in the Medicare population varies at the U.S. county level and is lowest in rural counties, according to a study published online July 17 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
CCTA biomarker spots high-risk plaques in heart disease
July 18, 2018 -- An increase in pericoronary adipose tissue attenuation -- a biomarker associated with inflammation -- on coronary CT angiography (CCTA) scans was associated with vulnerable plaques and may help predict the risk of heart disease, according to an article published online July 18 in JAMA Cardiology.  Discuss
Straight Talk From the PACSman: Here for the funeral?
July 18, 2018 -- Few would debate that vendor-neutral archives and enterprise viewers are a much larger part of today's landscape than they were five years ago; however, more traditional PACS are still very much alive and kicking -- though undoubtedly older and with a few more gray hairs, says PACS consultant Michael J. Cannavo in his latest article.  Discuss
Cardiac MRI offers prognosis for hard-to-find infarctions
July 18, 2018 -- Cardiac MRI can play a critical role in helping to determine which patients suspected of having stable coronary artery disease could have an unrecognized myocardial infarction and an increased risk of an adverse cardiac event, according to a study published online recently in PLOS One.  Discuss
SWE helps characterize suspicious breast masses
July 18, 2018 -- Adding shear-wave elastography (SWE) to ultrasound helps characterize suspicious breast masses, especially those in the BI-RADS 3 and BI-RADS 4 categories, according to research published online July 10 in Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging.  Discuss
New Zealand start-up scans 1st humans with spectral CT
July 18, 2018 -- Researchers from a start-up company in New Zealand have scanned the first humans with a spectral CT scanner based on solid-state digital detectors. The technology produces color images at much higher levels of resolution than traditional CT scanners and, thus, may improve diagnosis.  Discuss
PET could make synaptic density an Alzheimer's biomarker
July 17, 2018 -- Researchers from Yale University are reporting promising results with a PET tracer designed to assess synaptic density in patients with Alzheimer's disease. The hope is that the approach could become an in vivo biomarker for dementia and help in therapy development, according to a paper published online July 16 in JAMA Neurology.  Discuss
MRI links iron in the brain to multiple sclerosis
July 17, 2018 -- Lower levels of iron in the thalamus as seen on MRI scans of people with multiple sclerosis are a strong indication that the disease will progress and lead to greater disability, according to a study published online July 17 in Radiology.  Discuss
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