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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.

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.”

 

Recent Headlines

Delaying starting age for mammography won’t reduce overdiagnoses

A survey of almost six million breast exams found not one case of untreated cancer had regressed by the next mammogram—refuting the notion that overdiagnosis could be reduced by delaying the starting age for mammography screening or increasing the interval between exams.

First focused ultrasound procedure performed on patient with benign tumor

A multidisciplinary clinical team at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami has performed the first focused ultrasound procedure on a 21-year-old patient who suffers from seizures linked to a non-cancerous hypothalamic hamartoma brain tumor.

Here's what you should have in an interventional radiology suite

The rapid growth of interventional radiology has left the specialty light on guidelines. The Society of Interventional Radiology is here to help.

fMRI shows beetroot juice before exercise helps older brains

Using resting-state MRI functional brain network organization, scientists at Wake Forest University revealed that drinking a beetroot juice supplement before exercising improves performance in the brain of older individuals, mirroring the operations of a younger brain.

Tracking Patient Data and Measuring Provider Outcomes: Keeping an Eye on Quality Through Turnaround Times, Satisfaction Scores and Peer Review

As healthcare policies continue to emphasize value-based care, the tracking and management of data has become more important in radiology than ever before. And while turnaround time was once the primary metric used for measuring quality of care and service throughout the imaging industry, it is no longer the only game in town. 

The Future of Radiology Reports: How Structured Reporting Is Rewriting the Rules

When Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center made the bold decision in 2010 to launch a structured reporting system, leaders within the radiology department knew they were bucking more than 100 years of history. That’s how long prose reports have been the radiologists’ definitive work product, a fierce source of professional pride and personal identity that had stubbornly resisted change even as new reporting techniques sprouted around them—techniques that could provide greater consistency and more robust, mineable reports that facilitate faster payment.

Hyperpolarized helium MRI tests effectiveness of cystic fibrosis drug

More than 30,000 Americans have cystic fibrosis, a genetic lung disorder that affects the pancreas and other organs, according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Although there is no cure, there is a drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that treats the underlying cause of the disease.

Too many US physicians over-recommend mammography

Physicians in the United States are guilty of over-recommending mammography to women, according to a survey published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine. Conflicting recommendations from imaging societies and regulatory bodies, fee-for-service payment systems and fear of malpractice litigation are major factors, according to the authors.

Men undergoing prostate cancer radiation may benefit from yoga

Researchers who collected data from men who attended yoga class twice a week during prostate cancer radiation treatment found that they were less fatigued and had better sexual and urinary function.

Connecticut Hospital Association, Bayer establish first statewide radiation dose management repository

The Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA) and Bayer announced an alliance to establish the United States' first statewide radiation dose management repository for patients who undergo certain radiological procedures.

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