Abnormal chest CT findings anchor coronavirus outbreak
January 24, 2020 -- With at least 800 cases confirmed worldwide, concerns over the latest coronavirus outbreak continue to escalate. Researchers from China report on the epidemiological and radiological characteristics of the novel virus and clinical outcomes of the first set of infected individuals in two studies that were published January 24 in Lancet.  Discuss
MRI shows air pollution effect on kids' brain development
January 24, 2020 -- Air pollution is not only bad for the lungs, it could be bad for the brain as well -- especially in children. Brain MR images showed reduced gray matter volume in kids who were exposed to high levels of traffic-related air pollution since birth, according to a January 24 study in PLOS One.  Discuss
CT, MRI for lower back pain still prevalent in ED
January 24, 2020 -- The rate of CT and MRI scans for back pain remained steady from 2001 to 2016 despite efforts to curtail unnecessary imaging tests in emergency departments (EDs) for lower back pain, according to a study published in the February issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
3D printing helps mummy speak from beyond the grave
January 24, 2020 -- Have you ever wondered what it would be like to hear a mummy speak? It's now possible thanks to the magic of CT and 3D printing technology, which has enabled the re-creation of the distinct voice of an ancient Egyptian who's been dead for centuries. The process is detailed in a January 23 article in Scientific Reports.  Discuss
Elastography shows high reproducibility in breast lesions
January 24, 2020 -- Two different ultrasound elastography techniques -- strain elastography and shear-wave elastography -- showed high interoperator reproducibility when scanning breast lesions in a new study, published on January 21 in Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.  Discuss
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 102: The show
January 24, 2020 -- With so much happening in the world, sometimes it can be hard to keep up. Ryan and Andy have slightly different perspectives on the top events of the day in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend.  Discuss
Should cancer centers ban the bell?
January 24, 2020 -- Bells have become commonplace within oncology centers as a means to allow cancer patients to mark the end of their course of treatment. But is it time to ban the bell? A new study published in International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics suggests it might.  Discuss
2 ultrasound features predict cancer recurrence risk
January 23, 2020 -- Machine learning might one day be able to tell which breast cancer patients will benefit from additional genetic testing. In a recent study, researchers used natural language processing to identify key features from ultrasound reports associated with cancer recurrence risk.  Discuss
Biomarkers on PET, MRI show breast cancer risk
January 23, 2020 -- In a finding they described as "unexpected," researchers used PET and MRI to discover that women with a malignant tumor in one breast have lower levels of certain biomarkers in the contralateral, healthy breast. Results were published in the January edition of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss
High calcium density on CCTA linked to lower risk of ACS
January 22, 2020 -- High levels of plaque calcification on coronary CT angiography (CCTA) scans were associated with a lower risk of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and adverse cardiac events for individuals suspected of having heart disease in an international study published online January 22 in JAMA Cardiology.  Discuss