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Dave Pearson
Senior Writer
Prior to joining TriMed in 2014, Dave was an independent reporter and copywriter. He has worked in journalism, public relations and marketing for more than 25 years, concentrating on business, healthcare, technology and religion. He has also worked extensively in fundraising communications, freelancing for local, national and international charities.

An imaging-based study published online Oct. 24 in Radiology may reach millions via network news and make an impact on youth football leagues across the country. 

Preclinical researchers in Denmark have combined MRI and CT to create a new way to image tracer distribution in tumors at extremely high resolution in mice. Their hope is to translate the technique to map the branching of tumor blood vessels in humans, such that tumor-busting drugs could be carefully observed in action. 

The American College of Radiology (ACR) has tapped Benjamin Strong, MD, chief medical officer of the teleradiology practice vRad, to serve on an emergency-radiology committee and to share his emergency expertise in an ongoing educational program.

 - Dave Pearson

The radiology subspecialty of breast imaging has its problems, not least the discord it deals with every day over screening scheduling. 

 - screening breast ultrasound

Clinicians evaluating women with nondense breasts who are experiencing focal breast pain will find little to no value adding directed ultrasound to digital mammography when the latter is indicated due to screening scheduling. 

 - BabyClutch

Clinicians treating young children for head trauma due to evident non-accidental injury can wisely and safely reduce radiation dose by ordering CT alone to check for both skull fractures and intracranial damage, according to a study published online Oct. 15 in Pediatric Radiology.

 - OldHands

In a small yet important study at a large and influential hospital, 19 diagnostic radiologists were able to identify injuries suggestive of elder abuse. Only two of the participants had any prior training in this area, and all said they’d like to receive more.  

A few days ago a physician who is not a radiologist took to the online pages of Physician’s Money Digest to give five reasons why radiologists are indeed “real doctors.” (HealthImaging picked it up.) It didn’t take long for a physician—a radiology resident, no less—to come back with a counterargument. 

The BRAIN initiative launched by the Obama administration in 2013—all caps because it’s an acronym for Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies—just received an infusion of $70 million in fresh funding for new projects, the NIH announced Oct. 13.

 - mammography

Over the years since the advent of widespread screening mammography, overdiagnosis and overtreatment have become accepted as unfortunate but tolerable collateral troubles. There’s no shortage of literature using mathematical modeling to suggest as much. Now comes a new analysis of hard data, published Oct. 13 in the New England Journal of Medicine, to quantify the problem.