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Research into health disparities has seen significant growth in the last few decades, and academic radiologists have been a part of that trend. But how can these specialists track disparities in imaging utilization if they don’t have the right data?

Pediatric body CT exams are on the rise in the United States, especially among older children, according to a new analysis of data from the American College of Radiology (ACR) CT Dose Index Registry (DIR). The authors used the data to break down various demographics of common pediatric body CT exams, publishing their findings in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

It is increasingly important for radiologists to provide care centered on patients and their families. In an article published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, numerous specialists discussed their perspectives on how to best provide patient- and family-centered care (PFCC).

A lay-language glossary may help patients better understand their radiology reports, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

The radiology report is undoubtedly the most important work product submitted by radiologists.

 

Recent Headlines

Image-based diagnosis for fibromyalgia on the horizon

Fibromyalgia is an oddity when it comes to musculoskeletal diseases. It’s considered an “arthritis-related condition," but it’s not truly a form of arthritis—it doesn’t cause muscle or joint inflammation. It’s tough to diagnose, problematic to treat and affects women at eight times the rate of men. However, researchers from the University of Colorado-Boulder have identified three neural networks on functional MRI (fMRI) that may represent the first image-based diagnostic method for fibromyalgia.

PACS 3.0: The Next Iteration of Radiology’s Reading Platform

Three PACS veterans share future hopes and past disappointments about radiology’s great gift to the digital healthcare enterprise

In the Heights: The Radiology 100 Achieves a New High, Steady Growth Prevails

The nation’s largest radiology practices continue to grow, adding imaging centers, increasing productivity and launching MSOs.

Stanford uses fMRI to predict success of antidepressants

Stanford Medicine has identified an fMRI metric that could indicate the likelihood of relieving depression with medication, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in the United States of America.

Could luminescence breakthrough improve medical imaging?

Scientists at the University of Vermont (UVM) and Dartmouth College said they’ve identified a new form of light called SOKR, according to a statement—one that may, in time, have implications for medical imaging.

vRad expands national imaging database

Virtual Radiologic (vRad), a Mednax company that specializes in teleradiology services and telemedicine, has enhanced and updated its Radiology Patient Care Indices, a national radiology database.

Wisconsin researchers combat obesity with fat-measuring MRI

Researchers from UW-Madison have developed an MRI-based fat quantification method that separately measures brown adipose tissue (BAT) and white adipose tissue (WAT).

Thyroid cancer possibly over-diagnosed

Methods to diagnose thyroid cancer may be almost too good, according to the authors of a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

 
Brain atrophy related to treatment time, but not recovery likelihood, in SRSE patients

Patients with super-refractory status epilepticus (SRSE) could end up with brain atrophy after a prolonged seizure and treatment, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Neurology.

 
Healthier lifestyle associated with fewer dementia-related brain proteins in PET scans

Having a lower BMI, eating healthier foods and getting more physicial activity could be associated with fewer PET scan-detectable amyloid and tau proteins in the brain in adults with subjective memory impairment and mild cognitive impairment, according to a new study.

 

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