Ky. takes black lung x-ray reads away from radiologists
April 3, 2018 -- Radiologists in Kentucky are no longer allowed to read x-rays of miners who claim to have black lung disease under legislation signed into law last week. Instead, the law gives pulmonologists the exclusive right to interpret such studies, according to a March 31 report by NPR.  Discuss
Google AI algorithm shows promise for chest x-rays
April 2, 2018 -- How many radiologist-annotated images are needed to train a deep-learning algorithm for radiology applications? Perhaps not as many as you might think. Using both annotated and unannotated images, researchers from Google have developed an algorithm that can simultaneously identify and localize disease found on chest x-rays.  Discuss
Use of skeletal radiography shows modest growth
March 28, 2018 -- The use of skeletal radiography has grown at a modest rate in the U.S. Medicare population over the past 12 years, researchers reported in a March 24 paper in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. But shifts have occurred in the use of radiography that may indicate some physician self-referral of x-ray studies.  Discuss
Ingested foreign bodies present imaging challenges
March 8, 2018 -- X-rays helped surgeons confirm the presence of an ingested fidget spinner toy in a patient and remove the metal parts via endoscopy, but they could not visualize plastic portions of it, according to a report published online February 22 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.  Discuss
AHRA: Most practices still use CR, despite pay cut
March 5, 2018 -- The AHRA has released results from its 2017 survey on the use of computed radiography (CR) and digital radiography: It found that 75% of responding AHRA members still have one to five CR units in their departments, despite 2016 federal legislation that cut reimbursement for CR exams.  Discuss
Study eyes interventional rads and opioid prescriptions
February 26, 2018 -- Interventional radiologists write relatively few prescriptions for their patients, yet some prescribed opioids more frequently than other physicians did for Medicare beneficiaries in 2015, according to a study published online February 21 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Technologists improve image quality from urgent care centers
February 8, 2018 -- Radiology departments are facing a conundrum from the growing number of urgent care centers sending them x-rays that may not be of optimal diagnostic quality. A department in Texas offers some tips for improving urgent care pediatric imaging in research published online February 2 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Doctors may be ordering too many coronary interventions
January 16, 2018 -- Physicians may be ordering too many percutaneous coronary intervention procedures by overestimating the degree of coronary stenosis in angiograms, according to a study from China published January 16 in JAMA Internal Medicine.  Discuss
FDA guidance urges lower radiation dose for kids
January 10, 2018 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on January 9 issued a new guidance urging healthcare providers to use the lowest radiation dose possible when performing medical imaging exams on children.  Discuss
CAD of chest tomosynthesis works best for new readers
December 26, 2017 -- Computer-aided detection (CAD) of digital chest tomosynthesis studies helped improve the diagnostic performance of inexperienced readers in a study by Japanese researchers published December 13 in Radiology. But CAD's effect was not statistically significant with physicians who had more experience.  Discuss