CCTA usage rate rises sharply, but still eclipsed by MPI
February 23, 2018 -- The use of coronary CT angiography (CCTA) to evaluate chest pain in the emergency department has grown exponentially, but clinicians are still using myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) far more frequently, according to research published online February 15 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
fMRI, machine learning could predict OCD therapy outcomes
February 23, 2018 -- By analyzing resting-state functional MRI (fMRI) brain scans with a machine-learning algorithm, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles may have devised a way to predict treatment outcomes for people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), according to results published online February 12 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  Discuss
Imaging fees are high for privately insured patients
February 23, 2018 -- Patients with private insurance often have to pay high out-of-pocket fees for advanced imaging -- and they can be held accountable for 100% of the cost if the service is performed out of network, according to a study published online February 21 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
MRI-based risk model improves prostate cancer detection
February 23, 2018 -- A team of international researchers has successfully tested a risk prediction model that combines clinical data and MRI parameters to improve the detection of clinically significant prostate cancer and reduce unnecessary biopsies, according to a study published online February 22 in JAMA Oncology.  Discuss
Fla. radiologist tells of treating school shooting victims
February 22, 2018 -- A Florida radiologist who interpreted the scans of victims of last week's high school shooting has described her experience -- and issued a call to ban the type of assault rifle used in the massacre -- in an article published February 22 in the Atlantic.  Discuss
6 life lessons for radiologists from Roger Federer
February 22, 2018 -- What does Roger Federer have to do with radiology? Lots, according to Dr. Arjun Kalyanpur of Teleradiology Solutions. His analysis of the tennis great's training regimen and lifestyle reveals six life lessons that radiologists should try to emulate if they want to remain productive and continue to enjoy their profession.  Discuss
Radiologists serve sicker patients than other specialties
February 22, 2018 -- Radiologists on average serve Medicare beneficiaries of higher clinical complexity than other physician specialists, according to a study published in the February issue of Academic Radiology. In fact, out of 54 specialty groups, three radiology subspecialties ranked in the top 25 that treat more medically complicated patients.  Discuss
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 57: The direct anterior approach
February 22, 2018 -- Turns out Ryan's been paying attention to Andy's work all this time -- but she thinks he might be showing off in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend.  Discuss
Can AI help in the fight against gadolinium deposition?
February 21, 2018 -- What if gadolinium-based contrast agents could be used at just 10% of current dose levels without significantly degrading image quality or contrast enhancement? Artificial intelligence (AI) could make that possible, according to research published online February 13 in the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging.  Discuss
Ultralow-dose CT slashes radiation dose for fractures
February 21, 2018 -- Just how low can CT radiation dose go? Researchers from New York City found that radiologists performed well when reading extremity trauma scans acquired with an ultralow-dose protocol with dose levels approaching those of x-ray, according to a study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma.  Discuss
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