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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

Breast cancer deaths down 40% since 1990, thanks to mammography

A new report from the National Cancer Institute reaffirms the efficacy of regular mammography screening, finding breast cancer deaths have dropped nearly 40 percent since 1990. This reduction represents over 274,000 lives saved, according to the American College of Radiology (ACR).

Bracco Diagnostics launches PROTOCO2L TOUCH Colon Insufflator

Bracco Diagnostics announced the launch of its PROTOCO2L TOUCH Colon Insufflator that inflates the colon with carbon dioxide in patients who undergo CT colonography (CTC) for the detection of colon cancer.

Brain scans may be key to ID best treatment for patients with depression

In a new study called PReDICT, researchers found that by using MRI clinicians will be better able to identify the best treatment for patients with depression, whether its psychotherapy or antidepressant medication.

Windsong Radiology introduces prostate cancer-focused radiopharmaceutical therapy

A new FDA-approved radiopharmaceutical, Xofigo, is now being offered at Windsong Radiology in New York for therapy used to treat metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC).

County-level variation in imaging utilization impacts practicing radiologists

Imaging utilization in the U.S. varies more at the county level than at the state level, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. In addition, researchers found poor ratings in economic measures, such as income and insurance coverage, independently correlated with higher imaging utilization—the opposite of what they expected.

Spreemo Health launches network to reduce diagnostic errors with back pain

Spreemo Health announced the launch of its new Spine Radiology Network to improve outcomes and reduce diagnostic errors for patients with chronic back pain.

Advanced Radiology opens imaging center in Connecticut

Serving Southern Connecticut for more than 110 years, Advanced Radiology Consultants is expanding their services with their opening of a new imaging center in Wilton, which is the company’s eighth imaging center.

Q&A: Walfish on IDing lower risk thyroid cancer patients who may not need radiotherapy

When it comes to papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) many patients are treated with radioiodine ablation (RAI) following removal of the thyroid gland (thyroidectomy) to kill any remaining thyroid cells. In a recent study a team of researchers are now able to identify lower-risk thyroid cancer patients who may not need radiotherapy treatment.

Patients with OCD lack activity in ventromedial prefrontal cortex when viewing safe stimulus

Researchers from the University of Cambridge used functional MRI (fMRI) to show people who are diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) have a more difficult time learning about the safety of a stimulus compared to healthy volunteers, which may play a part in their struggles to overcome compulsive behavior.

Patients with colon cancer that has spread to liver now have additional treatment option

Houston-area patients with colon cancer that has spread to the liver now have the option of receiving care from radiologists from Synergy Radiology Associates (SRA), who are now able to use Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT) in patients with liver-dominant, chemotherapy-resistant colorectal disease.

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