Meet the Minnies 2015 finalists
September 17, 2015 -- Are you wondering who's still in the running for the Minnies,'s campaign to recognize the best and brightest in medical imaging? Our final list includes 30 candidates competing in 14 categories, ranging from Most Influential Radiology Researcher to Best Mobile App.  Discuss
DTI-MRI links hypertension to brain damage, cognitive deficits
September 17, 2015 -- Researchers using diffusion-tensor MRI (DTI-MRI) have found that high blood pressure can damage nerve tracts that connect different parts of the brain, according to a study presented this week at the American Heart Association's 2015 Hypertension Scientific Sessions in Washington, DC.  Discuss
Do Medicare quality measures miss the mark in radiology?
September 17, 2015 -- Tracking physician performance in an effort to improve healthcare quality and patient outcomes is here to stay. But do Medicare quality measures accurately track radiologist performance? Maybe not, according to a new study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Does 'personalized screening' = healthcare rationing?
September 16, 2015 -- As debate swirls around screening mammography, the term "personalized screening" has surfaced to describe what proponents say is screening tailored to a woman's particular risk. But in reality personalized screening equates to healthcare rationing, according to a new opinion piece in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Timely MRI finds more brain bleeds in military TBI patients
September 15, 2015 -- The sooner a person with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) undergoes an MRI scan, the better the chances of finding microbleeds in the brain, according to a study of military personnel published online September 15 in Radiology.  Discuss
Decision model cuts unnecessary wrist x-rays by 22%
September 15, 2015 -- Using a clinical decision model developed by Dutch researchers for pediatric wrist trauma could cut unnecessary emergency x-ray imaging for the condition by 22% -- thereby reducing children's radiation exposure and healthcare costs, according to a study published online in Pediatric Radiology.  Discuss
Digital tomo falls short of CT for lung nodules
September 14, 2015 -- Can digital tomosynthesis occupy a middle ground between CT and conventional radiography in lung imaging? A new study published September 8 in the Journal of Digital Imaging indicates that tomo may have a tough time finding a role in the chest that's not already well-served by the other two modalities.  Discuss
ICUS: Ultrasound contrast backers urge new approach
September 11, 2015 -- Some 15 years after the first ultrasound contrast agents were cleared in the U.S., the technology remains underutilized. It's now time to consider another path toward broader acceptance, according to a Thursday talk at the International Contrast Ultrasound Society (ICUS) Bubble Conference in Chicago.  Discuss
UCLA group cuts unnecessary x-rays for pelvic trauma
September 11, 2015 -- A group from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) was able to slash the number of unnecessary stat portable pelvic radiography studies that were being performed in addition to CT scans for trauma patients, according to an article in the September issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Structured reporting improves quality of MRI reports
September 10, 2015 -- While some traditions should be valued and retained, the old standard free-text radiology report might not be one of them. At Brigham and Women's Hospital, a structured reporting template yielded a significant improvement in the quality of MRI reports for the crucial task of staging rectal cancer.  Discuss
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