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Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S., but screening rates for the disease continue to be lower than those for both breast and cervical cancers, Courtney C. Moreno, MD, and colleagues at the Emory University School of Medicine reported this month. Colorectal cancer was projected to cause at least 50,000 deaths in the U.S. alone last year, but screening rates top out at 62.4 percent.

A lead-tip angle of 70 degrees has been established as CT pacemaker imaging’s “magic angle,” according to research published in Academic Radiology this month.

Fatigue is a real issue in radiology and affects diagnostic accuracy, according to a new systematic review of the subject published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Silent alternatives to conventional MRI scans are showing promising results, but reducing noise in MR angiograms (MRAs) is proving a more difficult task, a team of Stanford University scientists reported in the American Journal of Roentgenology this week.

After a negative mammogram, additional ultrasound for patients experiencing breast pain is unlikely to provide value, according to a study published by Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology. If additional symptoms are present, however, ultrasound may be worth considering.

 

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Gena Norris, wife of actor and martial artist Chuck Norris, claimed to have suffered severe side-effects from gadolinium poisoning in a television interview aired June 11.

Text reminders can reduce patient no-shows at imaging centers

Text reminders to patients scheduled for MRI exams reduced patient no-shows at Massachusetts General Hospital, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

How to use simple checklists to decrease technologist error rates

A simple error-tracking program improved technologists’ image capture at a level 1 trauma center, according to an article published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

EDs see drastic increase in advanced imaging since 1995

A study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology found the use of advanced imaging in emergency departments (EDs) grew considerably over the past two decades, largely due to an aging population, crowded EDs and expanded indications for computed tomography (CT).

MRI study links weight loss, slowed degeneration of knee cartilage

Researchers, using MRI on overweight and obese patients, found that individuals who lost a significant amount of weight over a four-year period showed significantly less degeneration of their knee cartilage.

OSU rads use Six Sigma to streamline IR scheduling

A Six Sigma intervention at an academic interventional radiology (IR) department can be used as a template to streamline scheduling across other specialties, according to a Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR) study.

Combining conventional imaging, noninvasive imaging test improves kidney tumor classification

Johns Hopkins University researchers found in a recent study that adding 99mTc-setamibi SPECT/CT, a noninvasive imaging test, to CT or MRI increases accuracy in classifying kidney tumor.

Researchers assess reduction in radiotherapy in children with brain tumors

A group of researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles found that children who were part of a clinical trial to assess the effectiveness of reduced radiotherapy had less successful results when there were deviations from the treatment protocol. 

Unanticipated event tracking can help imaging practices ID areas of concern

Establishing concrete protocols for logging unanticipated events in MRI can help imaging practices establish internal performance benchmarks and make data-driven decisions on resource allocation, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Report: Cancer deaths decline for all racial groups in last 40 years

According to the Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, overall death rates related to cancer have decreased in men, women and children for all major racial and ethnic groups between 1975 and 2014.

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