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Diets high in foods with potential to cause inflammation—including processed meat, red meat, fish and refined grains—are associated with an increased risk of developing colorectal cancer, according to a new study published in JAMA Oncology.

There are thousands of interventional radiologist (IR) practicing throughout the United States, but if you ask a room full of IRs to define their role in medical imaging, you may get several different answers. To better understand the work patterns of IRs, researchers studied public datasets from CMS and the U.S. Census Bureau, publishing their results in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Researchers from Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing plan to use fMRI scans to investigate brain movements that may be related to psychosis. The research is funded by a $1.5 million, four-year grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Radiology residence training is trending toward a 24-hour coverage model with an accompanying attending practitioner to eliminate resident-attending discrepancies, which are often thought to lead to management changes. A new Academic Radiology study found a quantifiable clinical impact.

Consuming as little as four grams of processed meat can increase breast cancer risk by 15 percent.

 

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Musculoskeletal extremity imaging jumped from 1994 to 2013 for Medicare beneficiaries

The utilization rates of four common musculoskeletal extremity imaging modalities—radiography, MRI, CT and ultrasound—increased significantly in the Medicare population over the last two decades, according to a new study by the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute.

Using breast MRI to evaluate newly diagnosed breast cancers does not delay treatment

Breast MRI is often used to evaluate newly diagnosed breast cancers, but there is some evidence that suggests this practice can lead to delayed surgical treatment. To explore that issue more closely, the authors of a recent study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology carried out a retrospective study of 189 patients who were diagnosed and treated for breast cancer at the same facility.

ACR makes 35 new, revised guidance documents available to the public

The American College of Radiology (ACR) announced Thursday that it has developed three new guidance documents—two practice parameters and one technical standard—to help radiology practices improve the quality of care they provide to patients.

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.

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