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
Nuclear medicine duties not always shared equally
August 14, 2018 -- What's in a name? Apparently a lot when it comes to nuclear medicine. Physicians who identify themselves as nuclear medicine specialists devote at least 90% of their time to nuclear medicine duties, while most who call themselves nuclear radiologists or nuclear cardiologists devote 10% or less, according to a study published online August 7 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
AI can optimize treatment of glioblastoma
August 14, 2018 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm can reduce dosing levels for chemotherapy and radiotherapy for glioblastoma without affecting the effectiveness of the treatments, according to a study being presented this week at the 2018 Machine Learning for Healthcare conference at Stanford University.  Discuss
Further intervention rates vary after fibroid removal
August 14, 2018 -- Women who choose less-invasive procedures in lieu of hysterectomy for their uterine fibroid treatment commonly need further interventions within five years, according to a study published online August 7 in the Journal of Women's Health. The reintervention rate varied depending on the type of treatment received.  Discuss
AI developer MaxQ-AI files papers for $8M public offering
August 14, 2018 -- Artificial intelligence (AI) software developer MaxQ-AI has filed papers with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering of just over $8 million. The company plans to use the funds to commercialize its Accipio family of AI algorithms for analyzing head CT scans to rule out stroke.  Discuss
Are patients adequately informed about CT lung screening?
August 13, 2018 -- Physicians may not be adequately explaining the harms and benefits of CT lung cancer screening to eligible smokers, according to an article published online August 13 in JAMA Internal Medicine.  Discuss
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