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In an advisory posted to its website, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) noted that each time a mobile unit is moved to a new location, a post-move verification test must be conducted prior to imaging patients at the new location. The advisory is in adherence with the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA).

Providing more context when communicating with patients about incidental findings can have a significant impact on how much they worry, according to a study published by the American Journal of Roentgenology.

A majority of musculoskeletal (MSK) radiologists are not familiar with the International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies (ISSVA) classification system, according to a recent study published in Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology.

The use of gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) to diagnose abnormalities in MR images has become one of radiology’s hottest topics, and it even made national news after a recent lawsuit filed by Chuck Norris and his wife, Gena. According to a new study published in Radiology, a manganese-based contrast agent, manganese-N-picolyl-N,N’,N’-trans-1,2-cyclohexenediaminetriacetate (Mn-PyC3A), could be on its way to replacing GBCAs in some advanced imaging exams.

A recent analysis published in Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology contains a message radiologists will be happy to read: The field of radiology is in a unique position to enhance patient experience and improve patient care overall. It might seem like radiologists are at a disadvantage when it comes to affecting patient experience, the authors explained, but that is actually far from the truth.

 

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Imaging providers need to do a better job of reaching disabled adults, according to Mizzou study

Adults with disabilities undergo colon cancer screening at a lower rate when compared to the general population, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine. According to the authors, the findings represent an opportunity for care providers to ensure facilities are up to snuff and an impetus to reach out to group homes and other caregivers of disabled adults.

Researchers working to develop MRI-powered mini robots to deliver treatment

Researchers from the University of Houston and Houston Methodist Hospital are working to develop and deploy MRI-powered mini robots to travel the body’s venous system delivering drugs or a self-assembled interventional tool as treatment.

SIR17: Interventional radiology offers minimally invasive relief from sweating, back pain

Patients may soon be getting quality-of-life enhancements with interventional radiology techniques designed to alleviate excessive sweating and pain caused by herniated discs. A session at the Society of Interventional Radiology 2017 Annual Meeting called “Emerging IR Therapies” examined case studies of new interventional techniques and their clinical viability.

Researchers find sharp rise in of colon cancer in young adults

Researchers from the American Cancer Society found a significant uptick in the number of young and middle-aged Americans diagnosed with colorectal cancer, attributed to lifestyle factors such as obesity and sedentary lifestyles. Published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, the authors concluded the risk of colorectal cancer for young adults today is the same as it was in 1890. 

Non-radiologist reads can increase resource utilization

The growing trend of emergency physicians interpreting ultrasound exams can lead to increased imaging utilization downstream, according to an article published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

DBT can reduce mammography recall rates, costs for state Medicaid programs

The clinical benefits of adding digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) to the standard mammography workup are well documented, but is it cost-effective? Researchers from a variety of New England institutions built an economic model using data from 31 million Medicaid patients to determine the efficacy of mammography plus DBT.

Overall cancer mortality decreases, but regional disparities persist

Good news for the FDA and HHS marketing departments: The PSAs are working. Overall cancer mortality in the United States decreased by about 20 percent from 1980 to 2014, but it varied widely at the county level, according to a study conducted by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IMHE).

What happens when radiologists hedge even when certain

Associate professor of radiology at Duke University School of Medicine, Jenny Hoang, MBBS, published an article in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, outlining reasons why radiologists should not hedge when there is certainty.

Radiology residents vs. final-year students: What a difference a year of clinical practice makes

Irish researchers have found that on-the-job training quickly hoists new radiologists’ know-how, at least as regards appropriateness of imaging ordering, well above their competence levels heading into—and even upon completion of—their final year of medical school. 

Kaiser Permanente opens three new locations

Kaiser Permanente has started off 2017 with a fresh start, as they opened up three new medical offices to offer services including general radiology, mammography and mental health.

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