Fatty liver linked to heart failure in obese patients
January 27, 2016 -- Fatty liver is an independent risk factor for heart failure in obese patients -- that is, those with a body mass index of 30 or higher, according to a new study published online January 26 in Radiology. The finding suggests that concrete interventions to stave off nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, also called hepatic steatosis, could help these patients stay healthy.  Discuss
MRI use causes gadolinium levels to rise in SF Bay
January 26, 2016 -- A new study has found that levels of gadolinium have been rising steadily in the waters of San Francisco Bay over the past two decades. The study attributes the rising levels to growing use of gadolinium for scientific and medical applications, in particular as a contrast agent for MRI scanning.  Discuss
Stratifying your imaging technology? Think about your people
January 26, 2016 -- As healthcare organizations consider stratifying their imaging technology, augmenting technical skill sets required to sustain a newly adopted platform can be easily overlooked. In this article, healthcare recruiting firm Skinner and Associates offers advice on how to proceed.  Discuss
Arab Health: Saudis invest in future with breast screening
January 25, 2016 -- DUBAI - In a society where modernity often comes up against tradition, the challenge is to find a way to educate both sides of the community, according to the director of the Saudi Arabia national breast screening program, who spoke on the topic at the Total Radiology Conference at Arab Health 2016.  Discuss
Cardiac perfusion PET/MRI may be more accurate than SPECT
January 25, 2016 -- Perfusion imaging with PET/MRI could offer a "comprehensive myocardial ischemic evaluation" with shorter scan times than SPECT and a lower radiation dose for patients, according to a pilot study from Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.  Discuss
Algorithm corrects contrast enhancement artifacts in dual-source CTC
January 25, 2016 -- A new postprocessing technique for dual-source CT colonography (CTC) corrects for artifacts that mimic contrast enhancement created by fecal tagging materials. The algorithm boosts sensitivity and reduces false-positive detections significantly.  Discuss
Colorectal cancer patients diagnosed younger than screening age
January 25, 2016 -- Many colorectal cancer patients are being diagnosed when they are younger than 50 years old, the age at which most guidelines say screening should begin, according to a new analysis of U.S. patients in Cancer. The findings raise questions about how -- and whether -- screening should be addressed in younger adults.  Discuss
Figure 1 image-sharing app makes inroads with radiologists
January 22, 2016 -- The image-sharing app Figure 1 has taken healthcare by storm since it launched in 2013, but the app's emphasis on mobile use didn't totally mesh with radiology's roots in computer workstations. New enhancements, however, may make Figure 1 even more useful for radiologists during their daily work.  Discuss
More women are publishing radiology research
January 22, 2016 -- Over the past three decades, more female radiologists have been publishing original research in academic radiology journals, which may indicate that they are finding increased success in their careers, according to a new study in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Societies issue imaging guidelines for chest pain
January 22, 2016 -- New guidelines for the appropriate use of diagnostic imaging for chest pain have been released by the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Radiology, and several other societies, according to a report published online January 22 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
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