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Mysterious creature spotted in UC Berkeley MRI scan

Spotted: a mysterious, ghostly creature making an appearance in an MRI machine at the University of California, Berkeley.

The pros, cons of social media in health communications

According to statistics, roughly two billion people worldwide are social media users, with that number expected to double by 2018. So why might there be little attention on social media in health communications?  

CT scans for chest pain widely performed, rarely valuable

Patients presenting in the emergency department with pronounced chest pain but no other signs of acute coronary syndromes don’t have better outcomes when they’re sent for stress testing or coronary CT angiography (CCTA) on top of gurney-side clinical assessment with blood testing, echocardiogram and so on.

Hartford HealthCare’s ImageConnect Project: How Strategy, Growth and a VNA Made It Happen

Hartford HealthCare is Connecticut’s most comprehensive healthcare network. Over the last several years, this community and academic health system has grown significantly through its strategic affiliations with hospitals and a variety of providers. To support that growth, the health system brought on a Sectra Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) to manage inpatient and ambulatory medical images across the enterprise. Image access and archiving became a strategic priority—initiated and dubbed the ImageConnect Project by Interventional Radiologist Barry Stein, MD, to guarantee physician access anywhere and anytime via their Epic EMR, says Richard Shirey, senior vice president and CIO and 40-year healthcare veteran whose task it was to execute on the project. Today IT is driving full enterprise access to patient images and information.

Fujifilm to unveil new pediatric solutions at RSNA 2017 in Chicago

At RSNA 2017 in Chicago, FUJIFILM Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc., is unveiling its brand new suite of solutions for pediatric patients. Each solution was designed specifically to combat the challenges associated with treating children while focusing on efficiency, low radiation dose and convenience.

Long-view digital radiography improving the lives of pediatric orthopedic patients

The Radiology Department at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, didn’t need a nudge from Washington, D.C., to upgrade to digital radiography (DR). With one exception, the department’s x-ray rooms were fully DR-capable as of last year; Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said it would start reducing payments for analog X-ray in 2017 and for computed radiography (CR) in 2018.

Small yet mighty mammography center becomes a 3D leader

She did it once then and she’s done it again. In 1989, Mary Lou Catania, RN, brought modern mammography to the women of California’s Monterey Peninsula when she founded the Mammography Center of Monterey. It was a bold move: She had limited resources and no direct experience working in radiology, much less running a business. What she did have was her own need to be screened for breast cancer—and her realization that the only technology offered locally was old-and-fading, xeromammography.

10-year MRI study reveals brain damage from West Nile virus

Researchers have found evidence of brain damage in patients who have suffered from the mosquito-borne West Nile virus, according to a recent article by The Washington Post

Research suggests lung cancer risk increases with size of new solid nodules

Recent findings published in the American Journal of Roentgenology suggest that new solid lung nodules may increase a patient's risk of developing lung cancer. 

UK hospitals give free postmortem CT scans

Hospitals in Leicester, England, will now be giving free CT scans postmortem, according to a recent article by BBC News.