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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.

 

Recent Headlines

RSNA 2017: Patients want improved access to images, reports, meetings with radiologists

Radiologists are no longer only the diagnostician’s doctor. With increased transparency in healthcare, patients are provided with greater access to their radiology reports. Patients are taking an active role in their health—and a flash drive of images from their radiologist simply is not good enough.

Can RCAT programs alleviate the stress of radiology residents?

To help on-call radiology residents feel less stressed throughout their shifts, many academic radiology centers and residency programs are now employing third- and fourth-year medical students, technologists, clerical staff and others to serve as call triage assistants.

Experience with DBT increases radiologists’ recall, cancer detection rates for digital mammography alone

As digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) continues to gain popularity throughout the United States, researchers are learning more and more about its impact on radiologists and their facilities. According to a new study published in Radiology, for example, experience with DBT can increase a radiologist’s recall rate, cancer detection rate (CDR) and positive predictive values (PPV) for digital mammography.

RSNA 2017: Overuse of STAT designation slows MRI workflow, causes confusion

The term “STAT” implies urgency: act immediately. But when clinicians overuse that designation, it becomes more difficult and time-consuming to distinguish true emergencies from cases that can wait, said Anna Trofimova, MD, PhD, a diagnostic radiology resident at Emory University School of Medicine.

RSNA 2017: Can interventional radiology knock out back pain?

For those with lower back pain, trouble can come from anywhere—a misstep on the stairs, the wrong chair, even the weather. But findings presented Nov. 29 at RSNA 2017 in Chicago may offer a glimmer of hope.

RSNA 2017: Radiologic clues play key role in identifying domestic abuse, sexual assault

Radiologists could play a key role in identifying victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault, according to a study presented Nov. 27 at RSNA 2017 in Chicago.

RSNA 2017: CT shows risk of heart attack affected by where fat is stored

Cardiometabolic risk may hinge less on body fat mass and more on where in a patient’s body that fat is stored, according to research presented Nov. 28 at RSNA 2017 in Chicago.

The Long Road to Compliance

For Imaging Leaders, Keeping Up With Evolving Policies and Safety Standards Gets Harder By the Day

Why the Customer Service Model in Healthcare Doesn’t Work

 The Words We Use to Describe Interdepartmental Relationships Matter More Than You Might Think

How to Manage Incidental Findings: Today’s Radiologists Turn to a Mix of Society Guidelines and Trusting Their Instincts

It’s a question that comes up time and time again in medical imaging: How should incidental findings be handled by the radiologist? Should they be included in the radiology report or just ignored? While radiologists don’t want to alarm patients, they also realize that not reporting a finding could have devastating results for the patient and involve the radiologists in malpractice litigation. There also are potential cost savings to consider. At a time when quality is being emphasized over quantity, reducing the number of unnecessary follow-up exams is a priority throughout all of radiology.

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