Concerns grow over CT radiation for kidney stones
August 15, 2019 -- Clinicians need to be more judicious when it comes to using CT for kidney stones, say researchers from Washington. In a new study published online in Urology, they report that patients with active stone disease are exposed to roughly 10 times more CT radiation per year than individuals without kidney stones.  Discuss
Elastography methods reduce unnecessary breast biopsies
August 15, 2019 -- Using a combination of different elastography methods reduces unnecessary biopsies of BI-RADS 4 lesions without increasing the risk of missing cancers, according to a new study published in the September issue of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.  Discuss
NRC proposes changes to rules on radiotracer patients
August 15, 2019 -- The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing several updates in its regulatory guide on how best to handle patients who receive radioactive materials as part of their imaging scans.  Discuss
DBT finds more cancers in dense breast tissue
August 15, 2019 -- Breast screening with digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) finds more cancers in women with different breast densities and from all age groups compared with digital mammography -- especially cancers presenting as spiculated masses or architectural distortions, according to a study published online August 13 in Radiology.  Discuss
ED imaging plagued by racial disparities
August 15, 2019 -- Significant racial and ethnic differences exist in the use of medical imaging in the emergency department (ED), with patients of color having lower odds of receiving imaging compared with their white counterparts, according to a study published in the August issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Radiologists mixed about synthesized 2D mammography
August 14, 2019 -- Most radiologists who are using digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) for breast screening have synthesized 2D mammography capability, but they also have concerns about its image quality, according to a study published online August 12 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
7T MRI and 3D printing uncover signs of severe MS
August 14, 2019 -- A combination of 7-tesla MRI and 3D printing technology has revealed that patients with a growing number of chronic active brain lesions are also more likely to have more debilitating forms of multiple sclerosis (MS), including individuals receiving standard treatment. The findings were published online August 12 in JAMA Neurology.  Discuss
Doctors find dentures in man's throat 8 days after surgery
August 14, 2019 -- Removable dentures got stuck in a 72-year-old man's throat during surgery to remove a benign lump. Doctors didn't find the false teeth until eight days later when the patient complained of pain, bleeding, and swallowing difficulties.  Discuss
MRI links high blood pressure with white-matter lesions
August 14, 2019 -- MRI scans have linked higher blood pressure with greater accumulation of white-matter lesions in the brain, demonstrating the benefits of intensive blood pressure control in hypertensive adults, according to research published August 13 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Discuss
CT confirms air pollutants heighten lung disease risk
August 14, 2019 -- Quantitative analysis of CT scans revealed that long-term exposure to everyday air pollutants was associated with worsening lung function and faster progression of lung disease in otherwise healthy individuals in a new study, published online August 13 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Discuss
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