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German researchers have developed a streamlined approach to histological examination using nano-scale computed tomography, according to a report published in the current issue of PNAS.

As the United States works to solve its ongoing opioid epidemic, medical specialties are beginning to examine their own behaviors to see who is, and is not, prescribing opioids. For example, a team of researchers used public Medicare data to study the number of opioids prescribed in 2015 by more than 2,000 radiologists from practices predominantly focused on interventional radiology.

Additional MR imaging performed during chemoradiation therapy could be an early predictor of a rectal cancer patient’s pathological response to treatment, according to research out of San Raffaele Hospital in Milan.

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.

 

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3 Olympians pledge to donate brains to Concussion Legacy Foundation for research

Three U.S. Olympians—bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor and ice hockey players Angela Ruggiero and Hayley Wickenheiser—have pledged to donate their brains to the Concussion Legacy Foundation (CLF) after their deaths to assist with important concussion and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) research.

ACR introduces new contrast reaction card to help with acute patient reactions

The American College of Radiology (ACR) announced Tuesday that it has developed a “contrast reaction card” to help with the management of acute reactions to contrast material.

Q&A: Mass General's Harvey on shifting from peer review to peer learning

Peer review has long been the industry norm for providing feedback to radiologists, but more and more academic and clinical departments are starting to implement a judgment-free alternative: peer learning.

Could this system make it easier to evaluate the screening mammography skills of residents?

When teaching screening mammography techniques, it can be difficult for educators to assess a resident’s overall performance. To solve that problem, researchers have developed a new system that provides quick, helpful feedback to residents as they view exams.

Researchers track frequency of breast biopsies following breast cancer treatment

Biopsy rates for patients being treated for breast cancer provide value to both physicians and the patients themselves, though comprehensive data on the topic is limited. A new study published in JAMA Surgery looked to change this, focusing on the frequency of breast biopsies by the patient’s five- and 10-year follow-up and additional post-biopsy cancer treatment.

How well can MRI detect lymph node metastasis in patients with bladder and prostate cancer?

MRI can detect lymph node (LN) metastasis in patients with bladder and prostate cancer with high specificity, but its sensitivity is “poor and heterogeneous,” according to systematic review published in the American Journal of Roentgenology. Using ultrasmall superparamagnetic particles of iron oxide (USPIO) is one way providers can improve sensitivity.

Loss of muscle mass has negative impact on patients with colorectal cancer

Progressive sarcopenia, or loss of muscle mass, occurring after the diagnosis of colorectal cancer has a significantly negative impact on the overall and progression-free survival in patients, according to a study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Q&A: Jay A. Baker on breast cancer screening, the benefits of DBT and more

Jay A. Baker, MD, professor of radiology and chief of the breast imaging division at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, and the vice president of the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI), spoke with Radiology Business about some of the biggest topics affecting breast imaging today.

New guideline helps radiologists investigate suspected physical abuse in pediatric patients

When physical abuse of a pediatric patient is suspected, how should radiologists and the rest of the imaging team proceed? Which modalities make the most sense? A new guideline from the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) and Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) in the United Kingdom addressed those very issues and many more.

3 methods for teaching communication to radiology residents

The Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education requires residency program directors ensure trainees can meet proficiency expectations in communication across the patient care continuum.

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