Caution indicated with new GBCAs for kidney patients
June 23, 2020 -- Even though the occurrence of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis after exposure to gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) in patients with impaired kidney function is rare, clinicians should be cautious when using these agents in this population, according to a study published June 22 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Read More
DBT has lower rad dose than digital mammo in new study
June 23, 2020 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) exposed women to significantly less radiation than full-field digital mammography in a study of 200 patients published on June 3 in the Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences. Read More
Imaging reveals baby girl in SC born with 2nd mouth
June 23, 2020 -- Imaging, specifically MRI and CT, helped clinicians determine that a mass located on the chin of a newborn girl was a second oral cavity, according to a recent case report. The cavity contained unerupted teeth and an accessory tongue that moved in sync with her oral tongue. Read More
IMV: COVID-19 changes service needs for imaging equipment
June 22, 2020 -- Hospitals will need more service support for mobile x-ray systems in the near term due to the strain put on these units during the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a new report by IMV Medical Information Division. At the same time, service needs may be lower for MRI, mammography, and nuclear medicine equipment. Read More
Transducer shell improves elastography measurements
June 22, 2020 -- A 3D-printed device with built-in pressure sensors that fits around an ultrasound transducer like a shell could produce more accurate shear-wave elastography measurements for breast imaging and other use cases. Researchers describe the prototype attachment in a June 15 article in Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology. Read More
Siemens launches Ysio X.pree x-ray system
June 22, 2020 -- Siemens Healthineers is launching a new premium digital radiography (DR) system called Ysio X.pree. The system includes a number of new technologies designed to help automate x-ray image acquisition and interpretation. Read More
Inpatient volume fell 17% during depths of COVID-19
June 19, 2020 -- The COVID-19 pandemic prompted a decline in inpatient imaging volume at a health system in the northeastern U.S. that hit a low of 17% at the worst point of the outbreak, according to a June 18 study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. But volume rebounded afterward to finish down just 4% compared with 2019. Read More
4D Flow MRI is feasible during exercise
June 19, 2020 -- Cardiac 4D flow MRI can quantify blood flow in the ascending aorta and main pulmonary artery during strenuous exercise, offering potential as a useful modality for evaluating right-sided heart dysfunction, according to research published online June 18 in Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging. Read More
Is the x-ray market set for a post-COVID bounceback?
June 19, 2020 -- In the wake of COVID-19, the market for general radiography and fluoroscopy systems has experienced a significant shift, with chest x-ray examinations identified as a key tool to diagnose and track the progression of late-stage COVID-19. Imogen Fitt of Signify Research explains why a bounceback in equipment sales could be coming. Read More
Chest CT clarifies negative COVID-19 lab results
June 19, 2020 -- The less pulmonary consolidation seen on chest CT, the more likely COVID-19 patients will have had initial negative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction test findings, according to a study published June 18 in the American Journal of Roentgenology. Read More
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