Medical costs were 22 percent higher for overweight patients who presented at an emergency department with chest complaints compared with normal weight patients, and 41 percent higher for morbidly obese patients, researchers reported online March 4 in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. The findings also hinted at possible unnecessary imaging in the morbidly obese.
Special attention to communicating radiation risk in an effective and balanced manner is particularly important in the pediatric setting, according to an article published in the March issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Performing MRI at 7-Tesla provides precise characterization of the substantia nigra (SN) and visualization of its inner organization, consequently allowing for accurate differentiation between healthy subjects and Parkinson disease patients, according to a study published on March 5 by Radiology.
Carotid artery MR imaging may provide physicians with a tool for predicting cardiovascular risk in asymptomatic patients. A study published online March 4 in Radiology found that MRI identified vulnerable plaque features and significantly improved the reclassification of baseline cardiovascular risk.