RADIOLOGY NEWS
CMS offers alternatives for MACRA implementation
September 9, 2016 -- Shedding some light on its initiative to promote value-based healthcare, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that it will offer physicians four options for implementing provisions of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).  Discuss
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 3: When call pays off
September 8, 2016 -- Andy decides to give Ryan a shot when things on the home front get out of hand in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend, an ongoing weekly comic strip by Ryan McBeth.  Discuss
Emergency providers miss mark in radiation dose survey
September 8, 2016 -- Nearly half of emergency department healthcare providers weren't able to identify which of six commonly used imaging modalities involved ionizing radiation, according to survey results published in the September edition of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
PACS brings improved quality of care to Laos hospital
September 8, 2016 -- With so many other pressing healthcare priorities, resource-strapped hospitals in developing countries may consider PACS to be out of their reach. But if the experience of one Laotian hospital is any indication, it may be well worth the investment.  Discuss
Carestream gets FDA nod for conebeam extremity CT
September 8, 2016 -- Carestream Health is preparing to begin shipments of a new conebeam CT scanner for orthopedic extremity applications after receiving clearance for the system from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Discuss
DTI-MRI links key brain regions to cognitive disorders
September 7, 2016 -- Using diffusion-tensor MRI (DTI-MRI), researchers have located two areas of the brain with increased atrophy, infarctions, and lesions that collectively create a kind of logjam that contributes to cognitive impairment and/or dementia, according to a paper published online September 6 in Radiology.  Discuss
Reconstruction kernel cuts artifacts in CT MPI
September 7, 2016 -- A new reconstruction algorithm can erase beam-hardening artifacts in myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) in dual-source CT, bolstering the reliability of the increasingly popular examination, according to a U.S.-German study in European Radiology.  Discuss
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