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Breast density reporting laws now exist in 28 states, but do women in those states know what, exactly, it means if an exam reveals they have dense breasts? According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, a majority of women in states with such laws do not know specific details about breast density and what it can mean for a woman’s health if she has dense breasts. 

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FDA approves Medtronic’s cardiovascular devices and leads for MRI scanning

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Medtronic’s cardiac rhythm and heart failure devices and leads to be scanned in 1.5 and 3 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines.

Phillips Lumify S4-1 transducer brings ultrasound imaging to a smaller device

Royal Philips has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), allowing them to market its S4-1 cardia transducer for Lumify.

Don’t use lung CT for heart care, cardio rads advise

The prospect of leveraging lung cancer CT image data to look for other diseases of the chest is an appealing one, especially in this age of prioritizing value over volume. Indeed, a sound case for wide adoption of the practice has been madeNot so fast, argue three cardiothoracic radiologists in an opinion piece published online Oct. 4 in JACR. 

Veteran medical imaging diagnostic professional Randy Hill appointed to Myocardial Solutions board

Myocardial Solutions, an MRI technologies maker, has appointed Randy Hill to its board of directors, the company said in a statement.

CT, PET scans show tuberculosis bacteria in 'cured' patients

Researchers examined patients who had previously been diagnosed with and apparently cured of tuberculosis (TB). The findings, published in the journal Nature Medicine, question just what the term “cured” really means, because many of the individuals had live bacteria in their lungs.

Harvard professor named chief of Pfizer’s neuroscience unit

Neurologist and Harvard professor Ole Isacson, MD, is joining Pfizer as senior vice president and the chief scientific officer of its neuroscience research unit. He begins duties on Sept. 16.

PET tops list of non-invasive imaging procedures

The European College of Cardiology compared non-invasive coronary artery procedures to determine which approach is best. 

ASNC, SNMMI release position statement, guidelines on myocardial perfusion PET

After reviewing the available literature, the societies said that rest-stress myocardial perfusion PET was a first-line preferred test for patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease who meet the criteria for stress imaging and are unable to complete the diagnostic level exercise stress imaging study.

While political landscape grows nastier, MITA honors impactful politicians

As we continue to move closer to the 2016 presidential election, it seems like opponents of both parties are getting meaner and nastier. With that hate-filled climate in mind, I wanted to applaud the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) for handing out several “2016 Innovation Awards” this summer to politicians who have made a positive impact on the medical imaging industry. 

Bigger hearts don’t necessarily signal a bigger problem

“Athlete’s heart” is a documented phenomenon in which the hearts of endurance athletes become enlarged in response to high levels of exercise. Aware of the condition, physicians are careful not to misdiagnose athletes with heart disease, which is a potential cause of an enlarged heart.