RADIOLOGY NEWS
MRI scans during 1st trimester of pregnancy are safe
September 6, 2016 -- MRI in the first trimester of pregnancy does not put the fetus at increased risk of stillbirth, birth defects, hearing loss, or childhood cancer, according to a study published in the September 6 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Discuss
Can 1st-trimester ultrasound affect autism severity?
September 6, 2016 -- In a disturbing new finding, first-trimester ultrasound was linked to greater severity of autism symptoms, including poorer cognitive outcomes and increased repetitive behaviors, in fetuses with a genetic predisposition to autism spectrum disorder, according to research published online September 1 in Autism Research.  Discuss
MRI finds something fishy in outbreak of brain infections
September 2, 2016 -- When more than 200 people in Singapore were afflicted simultaneously with group B streptococcal bacterium and acute central nervous system infections, Singaporean healthcare professionals had to act quickly. Their first move was to turn to diffusion-weighted MRI for answers.  Discuss
Spleen stiffness correlates with cirrhosis complication
September 2, 2016 -- The progression of thrombocytopenia, or blood platelet deficiency, in cirrhotic patients is directly determined by pathophysiologic changes in the spleen that can be assessed on ultrasound elastography, according to research published in the September issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.  Discuss
Screening reduces late-stage breast cancer in Calif.
September 2, 2016 -- Cancer screening in California has resulted in a decline in the number of late-stage diagnoses for breast cancer, while late-stage diagnoses for other cancers -- such as cervical and prostate cancer -- are increasing, according to a new report.  Discuss
FDA publishes 510(k) guidelines for digital detectors
September 2, 2016 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published new guidelines for companies submitting 510(k) applications to the agency for solid-state digital detectors to be used in digital radiography systems.  Discuss
What do your patients see when they Google you?
September 1, 2016 -- Before the internet, patients who wanted to learn more about their healthcare providers had to rely on word-of-mouth networks. Now, patients can easily search for information about individual physicians -- and radiologists need to know what they're finding.  Discuss
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 2: When Andy met Ryan
September 1, 2016 -- Andy and Ryan meet on the streets of Philadelphia. Is it the start of something serious, or will they be like ships that pass in the night? Find out in the new installment of #MyRadGirlfriend, an ongoing weekly comic strip by Ryan McBeth.  Discuss
Smartphone app enables remote surgical consultations
September 1, 2016 -- If necessary, can on-call spine surgeons make good decisions about whether or not to operate on a thoracolumbar spine fracture just by viewing video clips of CT images on a smartphone app? Yes, they can, according to research from an Israeli group published online recently in the Spine Journal.  Discuss
ESC: CT is effective gatekeeper for invasive angio
September 1, 2016 -- In stable patients with chest pain and suspected coronary artery disease, using coronary CT angiography to guide the selective use of invasive coronary angiography is safer and less expensive than sending patients directly to angiography, according to results presented on Monday at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) congress in Rome.  Discuss