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Veterans get inappropriate prostate imaging outside VA
August 17, 2018 -- Veterans who seek care for low-risk prostate cancer receive more imaging that doesn't comply with established guidelines when they go outside of the Veterans Affairs (VA) system to Medicare sources, according to a study published online August 17 in JAMA Network Open.  Discuss
6 Steps to Radiology: Part 2 -- The preapplication process
August 17, 2018 -- A new season has started for the Electronic Residency Application Service, and it's never too early to begin getting your ducks in a row. In our second 6 Steps to Radiology article, Dr. James Ireland, Dr. Kedar Jambhekar, and Linda Deloney, EdD, from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences offer some guidance.  Discuss
MRI helps find contact lens embedded in eye for 28 years
August 17, 2018 -- With the help of MRI, ophthalmologists in the U.K. were able to discover what was causing eyelid swelling in a 42-year-old woman: a hard contact lens that had been embedded in her eye for 28 years. The bizarre case was published on August 10 in BMJ Case Reports.  Discuss
Lung cancer overdiagnosis varies widely on CT screening
August 17, 2018 -- The concept of overdiagnosis has bedeviled the mammography screening debate, and it's beginning to show up in CT lung cancer screening as well. A study published online August 13 in JAMA Internal Medicine found an overdiagnosis rate of 67% in a Danish lung screening program -- much higher than rates in other programs.  Discuss
5 risk factors help predict brain hemorrhage on CT
August 17, 2018 -- U.K. researchers have identified five factors -- including contrast leakage on CT scans -- that may indicate a higher risk of continued bleeding in the brain of stroke patients. Checking for these factors may help improve survival, according to an article published online on August 14 in Lancet Neurology.  Discuss
Is your practice at risk of a malpractice claim?
August 16, 2018 -- Medical malpractice claims that allege radiological errors are common: In fact, radiology is No. 2 on a list of medical specialties most likely to be sued, according to a report released on August 14 by medical liability insurer Coverys. Fortunately, there are several simple ways your practice can protect itself.  Discuss
Philips issues security advisory for cardiac PACS software
August 16, 2018 -- Philips Healthcare and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team have issued security advisories regarding vulnerabilities in the vendor's IntelliSpace Cardiovascular and Xcelera cardiology image and information management software.  Discuss
SNMMI letter urges FDA to ease shortage of gallium-68
August 15, 2018 -- The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) has written a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging it to take steps to ease the shortage of the radioisotope gallium-68 for use in PET to diagnose neuroendocrine tumors.  Discuss
DBT's benefits vary between Europe and the U.S.
August 15, 2018 -- A new meta-analysis has reaffirmed the value of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) for breast screening, with DBT detecting more cancers with fewer recalls. But DBT's effect varied significantly between the U.S. and Europe, according to results published online August 9 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.  Discuss
AI algorithm can triage head CT exams for urgent review
August 14, 2018 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm can prescreen head CT exams for a range of acute neurological events such as stroke, hemorrhage, or acute hydrocephalus, enabling triage of cases that require urgent review by radiologists, according to research published online August 13 in Nature Medicine.  Discuss
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