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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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What practices should know about imaging follow-ups in breast cancer

Researchers from Harvard Medical School published a review of breast cancer follow-up imaging in the February issue of The Breastoutlining appropriate procedures at different stages of breast cancer treatment.

MRI scans on men with suspected prostate cancer could help avoid unnecessary biopsy

According to a study published in The Lancet, men with suspected prostate cancer who undergo MRI first could improve diagnosis and avoid unnecessary biopsy.

Feel free to reduce CT dose when diagnosing pulmonary embolism

Clinicians can reduce the “tube voltage” (kVp) in CT pulmonary angiography without reducing image quality, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Researchers conducted a retrospective study to measure CT pulmonary angiography image quality as tube voltage was lowered, taking into account patient size as well as the benefits of simple image post-processing.

Q&A: Roundtable with authors from ACR's 'Best of 2016' articles

Radiology Business spoke with authors from the four articles that made the Journal of the American College of Radiology's “The Best of 2016” to get some insight on each of their studies.

Strategic Radiology joins WorldCare to offer diagnostic, consulting services

Strategic Radiology will now be a service provider to WorldCare, offering diagnostic and second opinion consultations which benefits clients and members outside their home countries make more informed medical decisions.

Health experts form 'Think A-Head' campaign to educate on CT scans

As the most common CT examination performed in children, Head CT has garnered the attention of health care experts including pediatric trauma surgeons, pediatric neurosurgeons, emergency medicine physicians, nurses and members of the imaging team across the nation who have teamed together and through an organization called Image Gently, formed the "Think A-Head" campaign.

Radiologists see potential in training to ID elder abuse

In a recent study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology, researchers note that 10 percent of elderly U.S. adults experience mistreatment each year. Although radiologists don’t have specific training in detecting and identifying elder abuse, the interest in learning has been steadily increasing.

FDA Approves: Northwestern Medicine Chicago will be first in U.S. to offer upright CT scanner

A computed tomography (CT) imaging system that allows patients to be scanned while seated has received a 510(k) letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administartion (FDA) allowing P-Cure to market its P-ARTIST CT scanner system.

$100 million hospital expansion put on hold

A $100 million expansion of St. Francis Medical Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been put on hold by Catholic Health Initiatives to complete previously committed projects across the nation.

MR Theater improves patients experience during scans

Toshiba Medical is giving patient comfort a new definition with its new MR Theater, a virtual experience that allows patients to undergo the exam in a relaxing environment while providing clinicians with high quality images.

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