Study questions whether x-rays really need to be repeated
September 19, 2017 -- Current radiology practice gives radiologic technologists significant leeway in deciding whether to retake radiographs that might not be up to snuff. But should the weight of that decision rest on their shoulders alone? Researchers investigated the question in a September 12 study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
AI algorithm speeds up assessment of bone age
September 14, 2017 -- Estimating patient age on radiographs can be a little burdensome for radiologists and subject to high interreader variability. Artificial intelligence (AI) can make this task easier, however, by analyzing data from skeletal radiographs, according to research published online September 12 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
RT educator unwraps secrets of Peruvian mummies
August 31, 2017 -- Move over Indiana Jones -- meet Julie Ostrowski, a radiologic technologist (RT) instructor from Illinois. Ostrowski recently returned from an expedition to Peru, where she helped catalog mummies as part of a project to uncover the secrets of the Chachapoya culture, which flourished in the Andes hundreds of years before the Incas.  Discuss
SIR: Women unaware of UFE as fibroid treatment option
August 29, 2017 -- Women in the U.S. aren't aware of uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) as a minimally invasive treatment option for uterine fibroids, according to results from a nationwide poll released August 29 by the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR).  Discuss
Japanese group refines digital chest x-ray algorithm
May 29, 2017 -- Researchers in Japan have refined an algorithm that someday could be used to reduce patient recognition and identification errors in digital x-ray studies. They tested their enhanced algorithm and found that it scored 100% for recognizing the correct orientation of digital x-ray images.  Discuss
FDA reviews history of 'shoe-fitting fluoroscope'
May 19, 2017 -- In a new blog post, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reviewed one of the most ignominious radiation-emitting products in history -- the shoe-fitting fluoroscope.  Discuss
Study: Reject pelvic x-rays if axial rotation exceeds 10┬░
May 5, 2017 -- Researchers from Lebanon have found they can estimate the pelvic axial rotation of children and adults during x-ray acquisition, and any x-rays in which the axial rotation exceeds 10° should be discarded.  Discuss
Can AI accurately diagnose tuberculosis from chest x-rays?
April 26, 2017 -- Artificial intelligence (AI) software can accurately identify tuberculosis on chest radiographs, offering the potential to serve as an inexpensive or even free method to screen for the often deadly disease in underserved countries, according to a study published online April 25 in Radiology.  Discuss
What's the radiation risk to RTs from fluoro studies?
April 7, 2017 -- Are radiologic technologists (RTs) who assist with interventional studies at higher risk of death from brain cancer? Maybe, but it's not clear that radiation exposure is the reason why, according to a new study published March 28 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Which orthopedic imaging options are the safest?
March 15, 2017 -- Pediatric orthopedic imaging patients who need surgery often receive more x-rays and CT scans than nonsurgical patients, and orthopedic surgeons should seek options to reduce radiation exposure, according to research being presented this week at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2017 annual meeting.  Discuss