BBC: X-rays show signs of young adults growing 'horns'
June 21, 2019 -- The internet exploded this week after the BBC published an article that used x-ray images to back claims that young adults who used smartphones extensively were growing bony protuberances -- basically, horns -- on their skulls.  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
Ultrasound bests x-ray for identifying pulmonary edema
April 22, 2019 -- Bedside ultrasound is more sensitive than chest x-ray for identifying pulmonary edema in patients presenting with dyspnea, according to a study published in the April issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.  Discuss
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