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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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Under pressure: 3 key takeaways from a new survey on burnout in radiology

Burnout is found in all healthcare specialties, but what about radiology specifically? Jeffrey P. Guenette, MD, and Stacy E. Smith, MD, of the department of radiology at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, surveyed resident members of the New England Roentgen Ray Society to explore the seriousness of burnout in radiology.

Reflections on My Career as a Radiologic Technologist in the NFL

I have experienced medical imaging from a perspective that is a bit out of the ordinary, spending my Sundays working on NFL sidelines. The fast-paced, physical world of professional football has taught me a great deal over the years, and I like knowing that I am making a difference in the lives of these athletes.

Zika-caused microcephaly takes many weeks to show up in prenatal neuroimaging

It takes at least 15 weeks for fetuses to develop signs of microcephaly or other problems observable on prenatal imaging after Mom is bitten by a Zika virus-carrying mosquito during her first trimester, according to the authors of a South American study published online in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

How imaging is critical in diagnosing male infertility

Imaging has a central role in diagnosing male infertility, according to a review published in RadioGraphics. Scrotal ultrasound and MRI have emerged as the preferred modalities while invasive procedures such as vasography have fallen out of practice, but CT has its uses as well.

Asian women in US face longer mammography follow-up times

Asian women experience delays in mammography follow-up across all ethnic sub-groups, but certain groups have much worse follow-up times than others, indicating a need for more granular tailoring of breast screening programs.

JACR study shows moderate agreement on PI-RADS classification, highlights pitfalls

A diverse mix of trainees and physicians demonstrated moderate interobserver agreement when sorting prostate cancer cases into categories laid out by the Prostate Imaging Reporting and Data System (PI-RADS), demonstrating resiliency to varying levels of education attained by users. However, a persistently "OK" agreement rate may indicate systemic problems with PI-RADS.

Do the FDA’s gadolinium findings change everything—or nothing?

Is it safe to dive headfirst into the roiling, gadolinium-spiked waters of MR imaging? At the moment, it would seem so. 

‘Baking soda buffer’ reduces pain in breast procedures

Lidocaine buffered with sodium bicarbonate is significantly more comfortable than plain lidocaine when administered for pain control to women undergoing ultrasound-guided core-needle breast biopsies. 

Breast and Lung Cancer Screening: The Push for Patient Engagement

Shortly before her 40th birthday, a woman visits her primary care physician and is advised she should schedule her first mammogram. The patient is puzzled and says she “read somewhere” that she can wait a few years. The physician has heard this before and kindly convinces the patient to comply with the recommendation. She agrees, schedules the mammogram and receives her results before even leaving the imaging facility. 

Aetna begins offering virtual colonoscopy

Aetna is now offering CT colonography without patient copay, part of the provision for low-cost preventative screening in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Aetna was the last of the top five insurers in the U.S. to comply with the mandate, according to the American College of Radiology.

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