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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.

 

Recent Headlines

Unconscious detection: Radiologists find abnormalities without realizing it

Many abnormalities missed in clinical practice may, in fact, be detected by radiologists without their knowledge. Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Medical School measured physiological arousal while radiologists read studies, demonstrating the potential for a second-look warning system.

First patient dosed with PyL, a PSMA-targeted PET/CT imaging agent for prostate cancer

Progenics Pharmaceuticals announced that its first patient has been dosed in the company's phase 2/3 clinical trial of PSMA-Target PET/CT imaging agent, PyL, which it will be evaluating for diagnostic accuracy. 

Patients less likely to return to ER within 30 days if they receive CT on initial visit

A retrospective observational study found that patients who came into the emergency department and received a CT exam in their initial visit were less likely to return for a follow-up within 30 days. 

Alliance HealthCare Radiology partners with Sodexo Healthcare

Alliance HealthCare Radiology and Sodexo Healthcare, a $24.4 billion global organization, have announced plans to form a partnership.

RSNA 2016: Put away the scalpel; ablation is best for metastatic lung disease

Metastatic lung cancer has several options for treatment, but ablation should the first choice therapy, according to an RSNA 2016 presentation delivered by Chief of Interventional Radiology Stephen B. Solomon, MD, of Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

CT aids in process of identifying stroke

According to a recent study published in Annals of Neurology, computed tomography (CT)-based quantification of water uptake in the ischemic tissue can identify patients with stroke onset within 4.5 hours, guiding the decision to use thrombolysis. 

Leveraging data more important than ever with MACRA on the horizon

With the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) going live in 2017, a substantial amount of reimbursement dollars will be tied to quality metrics. Radiology practices must leverage performance data and EHR records to receive the biggest possible reimbursement.

Surgical platform with real-time MRI guidance to be featured at Pediatric Neurosurgical Conference

The medical device company, MRI Interventions announced its ClearPoint Neuro Navigation System will be featured at the 45th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)/Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery.

RSNA 2016: 5 factors of successful change

Amid change, errors are inevitable. David Larson, associate professor of radiology at Stanford University and member of the RSNA Quality Committee, spoke Nov. 29 at RSNA 2016 on “Common Mistakes in Performance Improvement and How to Avoid Them."

RSNA 2016: Actionable reports can save money, patient anxiety

“Everyone has said we’ve got to tackle this one way or another,” said Giles W.L. Boland, MD, head of the department of radiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “Right now the zeitgeist is looking for better value, but we need to determine that from the patient’s perspective—not ours.”

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