4 ways AI can improve women's imaging
February 21, 2019 -- What will it take for artificial intelligence (AI) to become clinically viable in women's imaging? The technology must demonstrate excellence in four crucial areas: performance, time, workflow, and cost, according to an article published online February 19 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Baby boomers, wage increases to boost U.S. health spending
February 21, 2019 -- U.S. health spending will continue to increase through 2027, as demographic and economic changes overcome factors that previously kept costs growing more slowly, such as the Great Recession and the Affordable Care Act, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released February 20 in Health Affairs.  Discuss
MRA is cost-effective for kidney disease-related aneurysms
February 21, 2019 -- Optimizing costs with beneficial patient outcomes is a constant goal in healthcare. In that regard, the use of MR angiography (MRA) to screen and follow up patients who may have intracranial aneurysms linked to kidney disease can work well from both cost and clinical perspectives, according to a study published online February 19 in Radiology.  Discuss
3D printing yields custom-fit glasses for kids
February 20, 2019 -- Researchers from California have developed a method for creating individually tailored 3D-printed glasses based on the CT scans of kids with craniofacial defects who are unable to wear standard frames, according to a study published online in the Journal of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.  Discuss
MRI measurements can change Parkinson's diagnosis
February 20, 2019 -- With a tweak to a proven MRI method for measuring certain brain regions, Italian researchers have eased the difficult task of differentiating between Parkinson's disease and progressive supranuclear palsy with parkinsonism. Results of their study were published online February 13 in Movement Disorders.  Discuss
Lower recall rate makes DBT better for breast screening
February 20, 2019 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) has a lower recall rate compared with full-field digital mammography, making it an effective breast cancer screening tool, according to a study published online February 13 in Academic Radiology.  Discuss
Targeted MRI signal could provide insights to psychosis
February 20, 2019 -- Results of a type of MRI protocol called neuromelanin-sensitive MRI (NM-MRI) could help diagnose psychosis and provide an indicator of psychosis severity, according to a study published February 18 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  Discuss
Shorter radiotherapy works for prostate cancer treatment
February 19, 2019 -- A shorter radiotherapy protocol for treating prostate cancer is comparable to a conventional radiotherapy schedule when it comes to disease-free survival and quality of life after treatment, according to a new study published online February 15 in JAMA Oncology.  Discuss
AI algorithm predicts Alzheimer's disease progression
February 19, 2019 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm can predict the progression of Alzheimer's disease by analyzing a combination of demographic and neuroimaging data, as well as information on cerebrospinal fluid and cognitive performance biomarkers, according to research published online February 13 in Scientific Reports.  Discuss
Could self-rated health improve CT CAC scoring?
February 19, 2019 -- Combining self-rated health assessments with CT coronary artery calcium (CAC) scoring enhanced the test's ability to predict a person's risk of adverse cardiac events -- almost matching the accuracy of traditional risk estimation, according to an article published online February 15 in JAMA Network Open.  Discuss
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