Medical practices with fewer women have bigger wage gaps
July 30, 2020 -- Specialty medical practices that are dominated by men tend to have wider salary gaps between genders compared with practices with more female doctors, according to a study published July 30 in BMJ. The gap is smaller between genders in nonsurgical specialties like radiology.  Discuss
Is the new movie about Marie Curie worth watching?
July 30, 2020 -- On July 24, a new movie called "Radioactive" debuted about the life of Marie Curie. The film chronicles the remarkable life of Curie, who performed pioneering research into radioactivity, work for which she won two Nobel Prizes. But is "Radioactive" actually worth watching?  Discuss
WHO publishes guidance on COVID-19 chest imaging
July 30, 2020 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) published rapid guidance on July 30 in Radiology regarding the use of chest imaging for the diagnosis and management of patients with COVID-19.  Discuss
Are LGBT women less likely to get mammograms?
July 30, 2020 -- Are lesbian and bisexual women less likely to get mammograms? Not necessarily. While white bisexual women were significantly less likely to have a recent mammogram, Black bisexual women were far more likely to have had a mammogram in the past 12 months, a recent LGBT Health study found.  Discuss
Medicare requires prior authorization for venous ablation
July 30, 2020 -- Radiologists who perform venous ablation in a hospital outpatient department are now required to obtain prior authorization before performing such services on Medicare patients. Sandy Coffta of Healthcare Administrative Partners explains the new requirement.  Discuss
FDG levels show link between Alzheimer's, Down syndrome
July 29, 2020 -- PET imaging has revealed reduced FDG uptake in key brain regions associated with early- and late-stage Alzheimer's disease among people with Down syndrome. The findings could indicate the degree of brain atrophy in individuals, as well as one reason why this patient population is susceptible to dementia.  Discuss
AI boosts MRI's performance for detecting liver lesions
July 29, 2020 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm improved MRI's performance when it comes to tracking changes in liver lesions after therapy has started, according to a study published July 25 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Using AI with x-ray improves hip fracture diagnosis
July 29, 2020 -- Using an artificial intelligence (AI) deep convolutional neural network to analyze x-ray images improves radiologist performance in identifying hip fractures, according to a study published July 23 in the European Journal of Radiology.  Discuss
Cancer screenings drop precipitously due to COVID-19
July 28, 2020 -- The number of screening exams for colorectal and breast cancer performed at 20 U.S. hospitals dropped by nearly 90% in April due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to research published online July 27 in JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics.  Discuss
Ultrasound correlates with COVID-19 severity, duration
July 28, 2020 -- Findings on lung ultrasound scans were correlated with COVID-19 severity and duration in a study published on July 23 in the American Journal of Roentgenology. In particular, pulmonary consolidations distinguished between patients with moderate and severe forms of the disease.  Discuss