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The evidence points to ergonomically incorrect elements that can bring on or worsen aches and pains.

Musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSK US) is being used more and more outside of radiology, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

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.


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SIIM 2017: 3 Key Takeaways About CDS Implementation

Financial incentives for appropriately using clinical decision support (CDS) are scheduled to kick in on Jan. 1, 2018. Do you know what your plan of action is? CDS implementation is one of the biggest topics at SIIM 2017 in Pittsburgh, and a large crowd gathered the morning of June 1 for a presentation by thought leaders Keith D. Hentel, MD, MS, of New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center, and Kevin W. McEnery, MD, of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Chicago rad uses CT on baseball from Cubs' 1907 World Series win

A Chicago-area radiologist CT-scanned a ball used in the 1907 World Series, won by the Cubs, and found it had no core—proving true an urban legend about cheating that had circulated for years.

Community hospital's incident learning system reduces errors, near misses

A small community hospital in the Quad Cities area of Illinois and Iowa implemented an incident learning system in its radiation oncology department, realizing 35 to 40 percent decreases in errors and near misses. All it took was a simple reporting program along with the time and dedication of a safety committee including physicians, physicists, dosimetrists, therapists, nurses and office coordinators.

Teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate all it takes to manage biopsy pain

Adding a small amount of sodium to the local anesthetic used in image-guided breast biopsies can significantly reduce injection pain, according to an article published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Mammograms generated from DBT accurately represent density

Synthetic 2D mammograms built from digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) imaging don’t change or mask the effects of breast density, soothing industry concerns about obfuscation according to a study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

MRI before biopsy may be cost-effective detection method for prostate cancer

Researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center revealed in a new study that diagnostic MRI followed by one of three MRI-guided biopsy strategies could be a cost-effective detection method for prostate cancer.

Parents support age restrictions for indoor tanning, linked to increased risk of skin cancer

After collecting data from a group of parents, researchers from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute found that almost two-thirds of parents agreed with policies to ban indoor tanning for those under the age of 18, due to risks including skin cancer.

Have-A-Heart campaign advocates for radiation safety in children with heart disease

The Have-A-Heart campaign has recently been launched by the Image Gently Alliance, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and a coalition of pediatric medicine and cardiology organization, addressing the issue of radiation safety in children with heart disease.

Improving radiology reports for readability

With highly complex medical documents greatly mismatched with patient literacy levels, a team of researchers set out to test a simplified “grade vs. length” readability metric developed based on results from factor analysis of 10 readability metrics applied to more than 500,000 radiology reports.

Long PACS delivery time getting you down? Mass General has the solution

A group of researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital cut the incidence of delayed image delivery to PACS by two-thirds by using an automated system that alerted managers when the time-to-PACS (TTP) had exceeded a certain threshold. The internally developed web application—called Tempus Fugit—demonstrates the potency of targeted workflow intervention in an imaging department.