Ingested foreign bodies present imaging challenges
March 8, 2018 -- X-ray scans 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
AI can spot large pneumothoraces on chest x-ray
December 20, 2017 -- Artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms can automatically detect large pneumothoraces on chest x-ray exams -- potentially speeding up the detection and reporting of these critical findings, according to research presented at the RSNA 2017 meeting in Chicago.  Discuss
Is seeing believing in imaging artificial intelligence?
December 8, 2017 -- Sometimes seeing is believing. An imaging artificial intelligence algorithm that can show why it made its diagnosis can go a long way toward building radiologist confidence in its findings, according to a scientific presentation at the recent RSNA 2017 meeting in Chicago.
Medical images reveal toll of opioid epidemic
November 30, 2017 -- The epidemic of opioid abuse is taking a heavy toll across the U.S., one that's become evident to emergency radiologists who are seeing the daily damage in medical images, according to a November 30 presentation at the RSNA 2017 meeting in Chicago.  Discuss