RADIOLOGY NEWS
10-minute breast MRI scan beats DBT for invasive cancer
February 25, 2020 -- Breast MRI with an abbreviated scanning protocol -- as short as 10 minutes -- finds more invasive cancers in women with dense tissue than digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), according to a study published online February 25 in Journal of the American Medical Association.  Discuss
Flortaucipir-PET, blood samples link brain injuries to CTE
February 25, 2020 -- Flortaucipir-PET and blood tests have correlated two key biomarkers of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in military personnel who experienced traumatic brain injuries from blasts, according to a study published online on February 25 in Molecular Psychiatry.  Discuss
Ultrasound is a good 1st imaging choice for pneumonia
February 25, 2020 -- CT may be the gold standard for diagnosing complicated pneumonia, but lung ultrasound may be a viable first choice for patients in the emergency department, according to a study published on February 14 in Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology.  Discuss
MRI pinpoints shoulder stiffness from rotator cuff tears
February 25, 2020 -- Targeting joint capsule abnormalities in the shoulder on MRI scans can help determine which patients with rotator cuff tears will have preoperative shoulder stiffness, according to a study published February 19 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Do women over 75 need screening mammography?
February 24, 2020 -- Healthy women age 75 and older may not benefit from continued breast cancer screening, according to a study published online February 24 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  Discuss
MRI reveals brain changes from Parkinson's disease
February 24, 2020 -- An MRI technique known as quantitative susceptibility mapping reveals that patients with Parkinson's disease have increased iron deposition in the areas of the brain that handle cognition, memory, and motor function, according to a study published February 20 in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry.  Discuss
Is private equity really taking over radiology?
February 24, 2020 -- Private equity takeovers of physician practices have definitely increased over the past number of years, but the trend may not be as dramatic as it seems in radiology, according to a research letter published online on February 18 in JAMA.  Discuss
Handheld ultrasound edges out ABUS in patient surveys
February 24, 2020 -- Automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) can standardize image acquisition and decrease physician workload. But do patients actually like it? A recent study found that women slightly preferred handheld ultrasound to ABUS, but both modalities performed well in patient surveys.  Discuss
3D light scanner supplements CT for bedside procedures
February 24, 2020 -- Researchers from Tennessee have developed a navigation technique that employs a 3D light scanner and 3D printing technology to improve the accuracy and workflow of minimally invasive procedures reliant on CT data. They describe their technique in an article recently published in World Neurosurgery.  Discuss
How can radiology help limit COVID-19 transmission?
February 21, 2020 -- The critical role of CT in diagnosing the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has placed radiology at the frontline of disease management. Researchers discuss preemptive measures radiology departments can take to limit virus transmission in a February 19 article published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss