Astronauts use ultrasound to measure spinal health
April 26, 2018 -- Astronauts armed with a compact ultrasound system successfully performed scans on each other while on the International Space Station. The scans were part of a study to assess spinal changes during long-term spaceflight that could lead to back pain, researchers wrote in the April issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.  Discuss
ARRS: Feedback system helps improves resident reporting
April 26, 2018 -- WASHINGTON, DC - A quality improvement system that audits radiology reports and provides feedback to residents helped them lower error rates while also improving workflow and reducing delayed payments, according to a study presented on Wednesday at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) meeting.  Discuss
MRI of cortical folds may help predict psychosis
April 26, 2018 -- MRI can help predict which patients with prepsychotic symptoms will go on to develop full-blown psychosis by providing information about the folds of the brain's outer surface, according to a study published online April 25 in JAMA Psychiatry.  Discuss
CMS proposes overhaul of meaningful use program
April 25, 2018 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a number of changes to its Inpatient Prospective Payment System and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System for 2019, including renaming and overhauling its meaningful use IT stimulus program.  Discuss
MRI expands eligibility of stroke patients for tPA therapy
April 25, 2018 -- Determining the best course of therapy for stroke patients depends largely on when their stroke symptoms began. But what if they were asleep when their stroke started? Fortunately, a combination of MRI protocols could offer a possible solution, according to a report published April 25 in the Annals of Neurology.  Discuss
ARRS: DTI-MRI shows brain damage from cocaine use
April 25, 2018 -- WASHINGTON, DC - MRI scans with a diffusion-tensor imaging protocol (DTI-MRI) are helping to illustrate microstructural changes in the brain's white matter in people with cocaine use disorder, according to a study presented on Tuesday at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) meeting.  Discuss
3DHeals: Emerging technologies complement 3D printing
April 25, 2018 -- How might emerging technologies work together as they expand their role in healthcare imaging? 3D printing experts shared their perspectives on the integration of 3D printing with augmented reality and artificial intelligence in several presentations at the 3DHeals 2018 conference last week in San Francisco.  Discuss
MICI Q2: Slow and steady for radiology managers
April 25, 2018 -- Radiology administrators and business managers continue to show cautious optimism in their future business prospects, continuing an 18-month period of stability in the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI), according to the latest numbers for the second quarter of 2018.  Discuss
ARRS: Added radiation exposure from DBT is within limits
April 24, 2018 -- WASHINGTON, DC - While digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) increases radiation exposure for women when used with digital mammography for screening, the combined dose remains well within safety standards, according to a study presented on Monday at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) meeting.  Discuss
'Orangeworm' hacker group targets healthcare with virus
April 23, 2018 -- A new hacker group called Orangeworm has developed a computer virus that specifically targets the healthcare sector. The virus has already been detected on devices such as x-ray and MRI machines, according to a warning issued on April 23 by antivirus firm Symantec.  Discuss
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