RADIOLOGY NEWS
Investigation into Swedish MRI accident moves forward
January 17, 2020 -- The investigation into last year's MRI accident at Sunderby Hospital in Luleå in Sweden continues to move ahead. Investigators appear to be focusing on why a specialist nurse was wearing a weighted vest within the mobile MRI scanner's magnetic field -- and the answer could determine who was ultimately responsible.  Discuss
Bracco: Norris gadolinium MRI contrast suit is dismissed
January 16, 2020 -- A high-profile lawsuit regarding the safety of gadolinium MRI contrast filed by martial arts actor Chuck Norris and his wife against contrast developer Bracco Imaging has been voluntarily dismissed, according to the company. Neither side paid any settlement, and both agreed to pay their own legal fees, according to a January 16 press statement.  Discuss
Report: Fujifilm makes pitch for Curium Pharma
January 16, 2020 -- In what would be its latest deal in an ongoing acquisition spree in healthcare, Fujifilm has made an offer to buy French radiopharmaceutical developer Curium Pharma in a transaction that could be valued as high as $3 billion, according to a January 14 report from Bloomberg.  Discuss
No shield from x-rays: How science is rethinking lead aprons
January 16, 2020 -- CHICAGO - Patients have come to expect a technician to drape their torsos with a heavy lead apron when they get an x-ray, but new thinking among radiologists and medical physicists is upending the decades-old practice of shielding patients from radiation.  Discuss
Hey, Alexa -- Tell me about breast density
January 16, 2020 -- Asking personal assistants like Alexa about complex health issues isn't a reality now, but one day it might be. Researchers describe how an interactive health educator called Danya could teach women about breast density in a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine on January 9.  Discuss
Video from J.P. Morgan: Portable MRI takes to the streets
January 16, 2020 -- SAN FRANCISCO - You never know what you'll encounter on the streets of San Francisco, and never has this been truer than during the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference. One of the more interesting sights during the January 13-15 meeting was a portable MRI scanner from startup firm Hyperfine Research making the rounds.  Discuss
CTA lowers costs, improves outcomes for minor stroke
January 16, 2020 -- Integrating CT angiography (CTA) into the routine clinical evaluation of patients with an acute minor stroke has the potential to lower costs and improve patient outcomes compared with standard medical management, according to a study published online January 14 in Radiology.  Discuss
Survey: Doctors would take pay cut to reduce burnout
January 16, 2020 -- Some 50% of physicians queried in a new survey said they would take a salary reduction of as much as $50,000 annually to reduce burnout. And 46% of radiologists reported feeling burned out, ranking them sixth among all medical specialties, according to a January 15 report from Medscape.  Discuss
IMV: MR providers work harder as procedure volume grows
January 15, 2020 -- If you feel like you're working harder just to keep up, you're not mistaken. The number of MRI procedures being performed in the U.S. has reached an all-time high, at an estimated 42 million procedures in 2019, up 8% over 39 million exams in 2018, according to a new report by IMV Medical Information Division.  Discuss
Cu-64 DOTATATE PET could handle neuroendocrine tumors
January 15, 2020 -- PET imaging with copper-64 (Cu-64) DOTATATE could become a lower-radiation dose option for patients with suspected neuroendocrine tumors, according to the results of a phase III clinical trial published online January 10 in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss