How to fix an underperforming or 'broken' PACS
July 17, 2019 -- Breakups between PACS customers and their vendors can be messy and are often best avoided. In this column, PACSman Michael J. Cannavo offers tips on how healthcare institutions can ensure their PACS performs the way they need -- without having to end the relationship with their PACS provider.  Discuss
PET, MRI show physical activity aids brain health
July 17, 2019 -- PET and MR images show that older adults who are physically active have significantly less beta-amyloid accumulation and gray matter volume loss, which results in more stable cognitive skills, according to a study published online July 16 in JAMA Neurology.  Discuss
Portable scanner could boost point-of-care brain MRI
July 17, 2019 -- The ability to perform a whole-brain MRI scan at the point of care for patients with mobility challenges could soon become a reality with a portable, lightweight device now under development by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA.  Discuss
4 key enterprise imaging takeaways from SIIM 2019
July 16, 2019 -- Although enterprise imaging has been a popular topic of discussion in recent years, customer adoption still remains relatively low. Market analyst Stephen Holloway shares his four key observations on enterprise imaging from the recent Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting in Denver.  Discuss
Preop breast MRI forecasts positive tumor margins
July 16, 2019 -- Preoperative breast MRI features such as multifocal disease, a nonmass enhancement lesion, and greater background parenchymal enhancement can help forecast positive or close margins at breast-conserving surgery, according to a new study published in the August issue of the European Journal of Radiology.  Discuss
MRI, age can predict return from baseball elbow injury
July 16, 2019 -- Patient age and findings on MRI can be helpful in determining how soon baseball players might return to action after an elbow injury, according to research presented at the recent American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine annual meeting in Boston.  Discuss
Synthesized 2D mammography equal to FFDM, with a caveat
July 15, 2019 -- The visibility of screen-detected cancers is generally equal to or higher on synthesized 2D mammography when compared with full-field digital mammography (FFDM), but caution should be used when evaluating asymmetries and lesions less than 2 cm in size, according to a new study published online July 12 in Academic Radiology.  Discuss
ABVS distinguishes malignant from benign breast lesions
July 15, 2019 -- The automated breast volume scanner (ABVS) performs just as well as handheld ultrasound for distinguishing between malignant and benign breast lesions, according to a literature review published in the August issue of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.  Discuss
Vest technology could monitor patient therapy at home
July 15, 2019 -- Patients undergoing personalized lutetium-177 (Lu-177) DOTATATE therapy for metastatic neuroendocrine tumors may soon be monitored in the comfort of their homes after treatment, thanks to a newly developed vest.  Discuss
Demographic factors limit access to CT lung screening
July 15, 2019 -- Smokers who are older, uninsured, undereducated, and live in a rural area are more likely to be located farther away from a CT lung cancer screening facility and thus have limited access to screening services, according to an article published online July 11 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
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