RADIOLOGY NEWS
The renaissance of PACS -- and why it didn't deconstruct
January 17, 2019 -- Five years ago saw the birth of "deconstructed PACS" -- the idea that hospitals and imaging centers could acquire digital imaging components in a best-of-breed fashion, rather than purchasing an entire PACS network from a single vendor. Simon Häger of Sectra takes a look a deconstructed PACS and its role in radiology.  Discuss
SWE helps clinicians evaluate Achilles tendon health
January 17, 2019 -- Ultrasound with a shear-wave elastography (SWE) technique offers an effective way to evaluate Achilles tendon health in both athletes and nonathletes, according to a study published online January 14 in Academic Radiology.  Discuss
New PET tracer could aid melanoma detection
January 17, 2019 -- A new PET tracer designed to target melanin pigment could improve the detection of both primary and metastatic melanoma, according to a study published in the January issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss
Both sides weigh in on plan to loosen radiopharma rules
January 16, 2019 -- The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's proposal to create a way for physicians with little or no background in nuclear medicine to become "limited authorized users" and dispense radiopharmaceuticals is drawing both opposition and support from across the healthcare spectrum.  Discuss
DBT finds more invasive, early-stage cancers
January 16, 2019 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) finds 13% more invasive and early-stage cancers in women with dense tissue than conventional 2D mammography, according to a study published in the January issue of the Korean Journal of Radiology.  Discuss
AI can differentiate glioblastoma, brain metastasis
January 16, 2019 -- The combination of radiomics and an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm can yield a high rate of accuracy for differentiating between glioblastoma and solitary brain metastasis on T1-weighted MRI exams, according to research published online January 11 in the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging.  Discuss
Personalized treatment fights early-stage kidney cancer
January 15, 2019 -- Personalized treatment plans based on computer models can help improve life expectancy for early-stage kidney cancer patients who have risk factors for worsening kidney disease, according to research published online January 15 in Radiology.  Discuss
Less jargon makes MRI reports easier to read
January 15, 2019 -- It's time for radiologists to use more common words that patients can understand when they read their lumbar spine MRI and other exam results, concluded a study published online January 8 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Coding changes that will affect radiology practices in 2019
January 15, 2019 -- What coding changes are in store for U.S. radiology practices in 2019? Rebecca Farrington of Healthcare Administrative Partners takes a look at revisions in the current procedural terminology (CPT) codes and what they mean for your coding.  Discuss
Are CT lung screening trials underestimating harms?
January 15, 2019 -- The complication rates and subsequent costs of invasive diagnostic procedures ordered after positive CT lung screening exams were two times greater in clinical practice than reported in the National Lung Screening Trial, according to an article published online January 14 in JAMA Internal Medicine.  Discuss
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