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An abscess is one of the few breast-specific emergencies that require urgent treatment in emergency departments (EDs). A new study, presented at RSNA 2017 in Chicago, found that ED environments generate unnecessary exams in addition to some that incompletely identify malignancies.

Discussion about the safety of using gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) in medical imaging has increased in recent years as a result of the element being found in patients’ brains following MRIs. In a new study presented Wednesday at RSNA 2017 in Chicago, however, researchers found no evidence of harm from the gadolinium being retained.

The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) is once again gearing up for its annual meeting at McCormick Place in the beautiful city of Chicago. What does RSNA have in store for attendees this year? Richard L. Ehman, MD, president of the RSNA Board of Directors, gave us a sneak peek. Ehman, a professor of radiology and Blanche R. & Richard J. Erlanger Professor of Medical Research at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., previewed RSNA 2017 and reviewed some of the biggest issues affecting medical imaging today.

Patient-centric care is so important to Solis Mammography that every member of its staff keeps a “Promise Book” containing the practice’s guiding principles close at hand. The book offers an important reminder to the 600 or so team members spanning 44 sites: “Our promise is an exceptional experience, exceptionally accurate results and peace of mind for everyone we serve.”

Cleveland Clinic entered the rapidly consolidating world of radiology in 2016, developing strategic partnerships and mergers with independent radiology groups, and hasn’t looked back since. The health system reported revenues of $8 billion in 2016, a jump of almost 12 percent, and 11 percent of that revenue came from its radiology arm, the Imaging Institute.

 

Recent Headlines

Lumos enhanced imaging receives FDA clearance

The FDA has recently given EndoChoice clearance for its Lumos imaging software system, which can improve detection and provide clearer images to physicians.

NIRS advancements improve patient experience, help diagnose diseases

New discoveries have been made in near-infrared spectroscopy technologies (NIRS) that are helping physicians diagnose and treat diseases. The advancement are also reducing costs and portability while increasing sensitivity and patient comfort.

Study suggests imaging won’t ensure better outcomes in thyroid cancer patients

A new study about the use of imaging tests on patients who've had thyroid cancer has raised concerns about whether excessive imaging is necessary.

MRI images are clearer with new superconducting coil

Researchers from the University of Houston have developed a high-temperature superconducting coil for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners that can lead to images with higher resolution when compared to conventional coils.

Young adults with high genetic Alzheimer's risk could already see effects

There might be a way to identify Alzheimer’s risk in younger adults, according to results from a new study published in in the journal Neurology.

 
De-escalated Hodgkin's lymphoma treatment only minimally less effective, study says

The New England Journal of Medicine published a study this month that investigated Hodgkin’s lymphoma patients’ survival rates in relation to the chemotherapy based on PET-CT scan results.

 
Providers may underestimate radiation dose from CT

While physicians, technologists, and radiologists were aware of the radiation risk from CT scans, many failed to correctly identify the actual radiation dose from those scans, according to a new survey published in the Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences.

Among critical access hospitals, big spending and network affiliation determine advanced imaging access

All critical access hospitals provide basic imaging services, but not all of them provide more advanced services such as MRI, CT, ultrasound, or mammography.

Study: HIE reduces costs associated with repeat imaging

Electronically sharing patient information can reduce costs associated with repeat imaging, according to a study published in December’s special issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology

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