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One of the largest open-source data sets of brain MRIs from stroke patients is now available for public download via Scientific Data, a team of University of Southern California scientists reported this week.

A nuclear imaging technique could detect recurrences of prostate cancer before routine testing, allowing clinicians and patients the chance to tackle metastasis before it becomes life-threatening, according to research out of the University of California, Los Angeles.

Diffusion kurtosis imaging, a new MRI breast imaging technique that does not require a contrast agent, and a radiomics breast cancer model could help reduce false-positive findings and unnecessary biopsies, according to a study published in Radiology.

Scientists have found a viable alternative to conventional MR imaging in pediatric patients who have a hard time keeping still during exams, according to a study published this month in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

According to a new study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology, the combination of a newly developed computer-aided detection (CAD) algorithm and a radiologist displayed strong diagnostic accuracy in the detection of randomly placed radiopaque μTags. Could this be the key to reducing retained surgical instruments?

 

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Ring, ring: Streamlined telephone system benefits interventional radiology

Researchers from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) looked at how a redesigned phone system for interaction with patients and referring physicians can improve patient experience, quality of care and satisfaction.

When screening high-risk patients, automated whole-breast ultrasound and mammography is superior to mammography alone

A recent study in Academic Radiology explored various screening strategies using automated whole-breast ultrasound (ABUS) to determine a preferred method for treating patients who either have dense breasts or are at high risk of breast cancer. The authors found that a combination of ABUS and screening mammography was more effective than mammography on its own, and screening ultrasound alone “is also an effective screening strategy.”

Acute chest pain shouldn't always lead to coronary CT angiography

Considering the sheer volume of patients visiting emergency departments (EDs) for acute chest pain, properly utilization of coronary CT angiography (CCTA) is key to improving triage. Such imaging can identify those at risk of developing acute coronary syndrome (ACS), but not every patient needs to receive CCTA.

Smokers who receive CT scans are less likely to light up

Seeing is believing—at least when it comes to smokers who undergo CT scans of their lungs. Those who do are more likely to quit, according to research from a number of U.K. universities.

AHRA 2017: An inside look at medical imaging in the NFL

Numerous sessions at AHRA 2017 in Anaheim, California, have focues on topics such as clinical decision support, patient-centered care and leadership. Only one session, however, gave attendees a sneak peek at what it’s like working on the sideline during an NFL game.

No-shows in radiology can be predicted—no crystal ball required

No-show visits (NSVs) are a considerable obstacle for all healthcare specialties, and radiology is no exception. Imaging leaders have often wished they could predict which patients might be NSVs, and according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, that wish has come true.

Gadolinium deposition ignoring the blood-brain barrier, according to study

Gadolinium deposition in the brain may be worse than previously feared, bypassing the blood-brain barrier and landing in regions of the brain responsible for voluntary motor control.

Under pressure: 3 key takeaways from a new survey on burnout in radiology

Burnout is found in all healthcare specialties, but what about radiology specifically? Jeffrey P. Guenette, MD, and Stacy E. Smith, MD, of the department of radiology at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, surveyed resident members of the New England Roentgen Ray Society to explore the seriousness of burnout in radiology.

Reflections on My Career as a Radiologic Technologist in the NFL

I have experienced medical imaging from a perspective that is a bit out of the ordinary, spending my Sundays working on NFL sidelines. The fast-paced, physical world of professional football has taught me a great deal over the years, and I like knowing that I am making a difference in the lives of these athletes.

Zika-caused microcephaly takes many weeks to show up in prenatal neuroimaging

It takes at least 15 weeks for fetuses to develop signs of microcephaly or other problems observable on prenatal imaging after Mom is bitten by a Zika virus-carrying mosquito during her first trimester, according to the authors of a South American study published online in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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