RADIOLOGY NEWS
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
MRI links lead exposure, family income to brain development
January 14, 2020 -- Despite bans on leaded gasoline and lead-based paint, areas of high lead exposure still exist. MR images have helped uncover differences in brain structure and subsequently lower cognitive performances in children living in areas with these toxic conditions, according to a study published January 13 in Nature Medicine.  Discuss
Can QA sessions help technologists read mammograms?
January 14, 2020 -- Would the use of technologists to interpret screening mammograms be a viable option if their performance were improved through regular quality assurance (QA) sessions with radiologists? Maybe, but not by much, according to the findings of a new study from the Netherlands published on January 7 in Radiology.  Discuss
Unprotected PACS servers present a security 'disaster'
January 13, 2020 -- More than 1 billion medical images -- approximately half of which are from U.S. patients -- remain unsecured and accessible using publicly available software, according to new reporting by TechCrunch and Heavy.com in collaboration with German security firm Greenbone Networks. And the problem is only getting worse.  Discuss
Virtual reality shows value in x-ray patient positioning
January 13, 2020 -- Virtual reality technology enables student radiographers in Australia to simulate the entire process of acquiring an accurate x-ray exam with greater efficiency and ease than with the standard training method of clinical role-play, according to a study published in the February issue of Radiography.  Discuss
Executive health programs buck imaging guidelines
January 13, 2020 -- Executive health screening programs at major U.S. hospitals continue to provide CT coronary artery calcium scoring, echocardiography, and other imaging-based screening tests against clinical recommendations, according to a research letter published online January 13 in JAMA Internal Medicine.  Discuss
Insurance plays major role in breast cancer disparities
January 13, 2020 -- Racial and ethnic minority women are more likely to be diagnosed with an advanced stage of breast cancer, and insurance may be partly to blame. Insurance status accounted for nearly half of the diagnosis disparity among minority women in a study published online January 9 in JAMA Oncology.  Discuss
MRI shows slimmer tongue reduces sleep apnea
January 10, 2020 -- Losing weight in your tongue probably isn't one of your New Year's resolutions. But maybe it should be if you have sleep apnea. MR images show that a slimmer tongue can reduce the severity of obstructive sleep apnea, according to a study published online January 10 in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.  Discuss
Might manganese make gadolinium obsolete for MRI scans?
January 10, 2020 -- Could a manganese-based MRI contrast agent provide equivalent MR image quality and help alleviate concerns surrounding the use of gadolinium-based contrast agents? New research indicates that it has some potential.  Discuss