Doctors continue to forgo CT lung screening discussions
April 25, 2019 -- The low rate of patient-physician discussions about CT lung cancer screening appears to be sinking lower still. New data show that less than 9% of doctors talked about screening with their patients who currently smoke, according to an article published online April 25 in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.  Discuss
Virtual reality engages patients more than CT, booklets
April 25, 2019 -- Patients with an abdominal aortic aneurysm were more engaged and had a better understanding of their condition after examining 3D models using virtual reality technology, compared with CT scans or other educational resources, according to an article published online April 19 in the Annals of Vascular Surgery.  Discuss
DeepPET network smooths out PET image quality
April 25, 2019 -- Researchers from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) in New York City have developed a deep-learning network called DeepPET to generate high-quality PET images more than 100 times faster than currently possible, according to a study published in the May issue of Medical Image Analysis.  Discuss
Can radiomics detect pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma?
April 25, 2019 -- Radiomics and a machine-learning algorithm can differentiate pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma from a normal pancreas on CT studies, potentially enabling earlier diagnosis of this highly lethal cancer, according to research published online April 23 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
IMV: DR now makes up 80% of radiography installed base
April 24, 2019 -- Pushed by radiology's move to digitization and federal reimbursement changes, some 80% of the U.S. installed base of x-ray systems is now based on digital radiography (DR). That's up from 50% in 2015, according to a new report on the digital x-ray market by IMV Medical Information Division.  Discuss
Shear-wave elastography helps diagnose Graves' disease
April 24, 2019 -- Shear-wave elastography (SWE) is an effective additional tool to complement conventional ultrasound for diagnosing Graves' disease, since it can characterize the tissue stiffness of the thyroid gland, according to a new study published in the May issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
MRI shows obesity can influence brain volume
April 23, 2019 -- Obesity can change more than the size of your waistline. In a new study published online April 23 in Radiology, Dutch researchers used MR images to link greater levels of body fat to changes in the brain's form and structure, particularly with smaller volumes of gray matter.  Discuss
Could Ga-68 PSMA PET become essential for prostate cancer?
April 23, 2019 -- Coupling the radiopharmaceutical gallium-68 (Ga-68) prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) with PET/CT or PET/MRI has been a boon for prostate cancer imaging. But clinicians still need to be aware of some inherent shortcomings with the radiopharmaceutical, according to a research review published online April 12 in Urology.  Discuss
5 steps for putting abbreviated MRI into your practice
April 23, 2019 -- Breast MRI is the most sensitive tool for detecting breast cancer, but its cost and time requirements often hinder its use, according to a new study published April 17 in the American Journal of Roentgenology. Yet with the development of an abbreviated MRI protocol, the modality is becoming an increasingly viable option.  Discuss
The value of PICC for interventional radiologists
April 23, 2019 -- Interventional radiologists are often called to perform peripherally inserted central venous catheter (PICC) procedures. In this new article, Sandy Coffta of Healthcare Administrative Partners discusses changes to how PICC procedures are reimbursed and their financial implications.  Discuss