AI can spot malpositioned catheters on pediatric x-rays
April 17, 2019 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm can automatically analyze pediatric x-rays to identify patients with incorrectly positioned catheters, potentially enabling these studies to be triaged for priority review by radiologists, according to research published online April 10 in the Journal of Digital Imaging.  Discuss
Interventional radiology procedure tamps obesity
April 2, 2019 -- Using a minimally invasive procedure known as bariatric embolization, interventional radiologists helped eliminate roughly 12% of excess weight in obese individuals and mitigate feelings of hunger, without triggering any major adverse complications, according to a study published online April 2 in Radiology.  Discuss
Carestream to sharpen digital x-ray focus after Philips deal
April 1, 2019 -- When the parent company of Philips Healthcare completes its acquisition of Carestream Health's healthcare IT unit, it will leave Carestream with a sharpened focus on its core business of medical image acquisition modalities, particularly digital x-ray. Carestream plans to double down on its investment in digital x-ray following the sale.  Discuss
AI algorithm identifies pacemaker type on radiographs
March 28, 2019 -- Artificial intelligence (AI) software can quickly identify cardiac rhythm devices such as pacemakers on x-ray images, which could possibly speed up the diagnosis and treatment of emergent patients with faulty devices, according to research published online March 27 in JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology.  Discuss
AI outperforms physicians for interpreting chest x-rays
March 28, 2019 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm was able to identify major thoracic diseases on chest radiographs better than even thoracic radiologists could, offering potential to improve the quality and efficiency of clinical practice, according to a study published online March 22 in JAMA Network Open.  Discuss
SIR: 'OK, Google -- scrub up!'
March 25, 2019 -- Smart speakers like Amazon Alexa and Google Home already get plenty of questions about the weather, but the technology could soon make a meaningful contribution to patient outcomes during surgery, according to a Sunday presentation at the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) annual meeting in Austin, TX.  Discuss
SIR: Stroke treatment training program improves outcomes
March 25, 2019 -- Interventional radiologists at Johns Hopkins University have developed an innovative program to train their colleagues to perform endovascular thrombectomies and achieve better outcomes for stroke patients. So far, the results are impressive, according to a presentation on Monday at the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) 2019 meeting in Austin, TX.  Discuss
SIR: UFE bests myomectomy for fibroid treatment
March 25, 2019 -- Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a more effective treatment for fibroids than myomectomy, with fewer postprocedural complications. But many women aren't aware of UFE as a treatment option, according to research presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) 2019 annual meeting in Austin, TX.  Discuss
Lung ultrasound beats chest x-ray for heart failure detection
March 15, 2019 -- Point-of-care lung ultrasound has a higher sensitivity than chest x-ray for detecting symptoms of pulmonary edema in patients with acute decompensated heart failure, according to a new meta-analysis. The findings could indicate that ultrasound is a better choice for these patients, according to a study published March 15 in JAMA Network Open.  Discuss
Accuracy of AI algorithms may drop with independent data
March 13, 2019 -- The performance of artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms for classifying chest x-rays dropped when they were used with patient populations that were different from the ones on which they were trained, according to research published online March 5 in the Journal of Digital Imaging.  Discuss