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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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4 ways hospitals are addressing patient satisfaction problems

Medicare began requiring hospitals to compile and report information about patient satisfaction (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey) in 2007 and this information has become an increasingly important barometer for hospitals to maintain market share and avoid reimbursement losses.

 
New IR techniques provide relief for patients with migraine, plantar fasciitis

Research presented this week at the Society of Interventional Radiology’s Annual Scientific Meeting in Atlanta demonstrate that an innovative IR treatment can be used to treat chronic conditions that afflict millions of Americans and result in millions of visits to emergency rooms and physician offices.

Why is ultrasound screening for breast cancer lagging behind?

Supplemental breast cancer screening via ultrasound has many advantages compared to other modalities, but it has yet to reach its full potential, according to an opinion piece in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

CDS leads to reduction in CPTA imaging for pulmonary embolism

The use of evidence-based clinical decision support (CDS) results in a significant reduction in CT pulmonary angiographic imaging in patients suspected of having a pulmonary embolism, according to a study published online in Radiology.

 

ACR answers key questions about LDCT lung cancer screening

When CMS issued its immediately effective coverage decision on screening LDCT for high-risk lung cancer patients on February 5, 2015, it left some important questions unanswered for providers, including how much it will pay for the procedure.

Study underscores value of 4th PET/CT scan in lung cancer patient follow-up

A study from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine shows that there is significant value in performing additional PET/CT scans in the follow-up of lung cancer patients.

 

Mammography rates decline following USPSTF guidelines revision

A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that fewer women are getting both annual and biennial mammograms since the United States Preventive Services Task Force revised its mammography guidelines in 2009.

AMI, Olympic Radiology merge, sell centers to CHI Franciscan

A merger between Advanced Medical Imaging (AMI), Silverton, Wash., and Olympic Radiology, Bremerton, Wash., has resulted in an integrated 13-radiologist practice called Olympic Medical Imaging Consultants.

Head CT scans in the ED: Essential or exploited?

Many patients who present to the emergency department with dizziness and syncope receive head CT, but how many actually benefit?

Study: Reports recommending imaging follow-up are ignored

Abnormal imaging results accompanied by recommendations for further imaging aren’t necessarily followed up on a timely basis, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

 

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